The fairy-faith in Celtic countries,
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Unhappily this particular edition is flawed with spelling errors on almost every page making it at times confusing to read. The illustrations and layout make it enjoyable but in all honesty I cannot recommend it as wholeheartedly as I would like to have done. A little more effort on the proof-reading would have made this a lovely volume. Sadly lack of effort at this stage of production has let down the rest of the work.
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After presenting a mass of information on the modern faery faith, he goes on to relate the ancient faery beliefs held by the Celts of old, as recorded in their mythology. Many pages are devoted to the adventures of CuChulainn, Arthur, Bran, and other figures who moved in and out of the Otherworld. He also discusses the Otherworld itself, the misty land where the faeries, the gods, and the dead dwelled. Especially stunning is his assertion that the Celts participated in mysteries much like those of Eleusis. The mythological evidence IS THERE, as Evans-Wentz proves. I only wish someone in those days had written something down to indicate whether or not this is true!
This is the best book ever written on the fae, IMHO. It ought to be on every Celtophile's shelf right next to Squire's _Celtic Myth and Legend_. As a matter of fact, the two books make excellent companions for one another.
There is no book on this subject I have found that equals it.
This is a testament in itself, as this was first published around 1890.
Wentz was an academic, a scholar, yet in early chapters his descriptions of each area of the Isles is breathtaking. It's not dry, it's not stuffy. He spent years collecting encounters, traditions, and beliefs from the most correct source. The people themselves. This contrasts rightfully the tendancy (even more so these days with anything Celtic especially) to project things onto a culture it does not contain. No frilly, watered down, ... little creatures at your beck and call here, which is what other "authors" would have you believe.
For some, the latter chapters of this book will seem a bit dry compared to the first. Regardless of what you think of his theories, they are all intriguing, and well thought out by the author, though I agree he became a bit enchanted himself during the writing. (not a bad thing, IMO, I was enchanted as well) The collection of tales alone is worth the price. I enjoyed every page.
This should be on the shelf of anyone who says they want to learn about Faeries, Celts, and the cultures they came from.
Why read what any old outsider says? Read the words of the people who were born and raised in these cultures. They know themselves better than anyone else, no?
An even worse crime against Evans-Wentz's work is the incompetent typesetting. Even a casual glance reveals howlers: "uncivilized" has become "tin-civilized"; "Karnak" is turned into "Karnab." Was there even a cursory attempt at proofreading? A professional publisher wouldn't have let this monstrosity see the light of day.
If you buy books just to keep them on the shelf, this edition may be fine for you. If actually intend to read this book, find another edition.