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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars


on 20 June 2001
James Stephens was working as a clerk in a solicitor's office in Dublin when he wrote this book. As far as I know It was written around 1911. This book Places Mr Stephens among the ranks of writers such as W.B. Yeats & James Joyce.
A match for Lewis Carroll's Alice stories, this book is a treasure of Irish literature. Philosophers, Policemen, Leprechauns, and a naked woman here & there all provide the ingredients for a great read. Why has Holywood ignored this script I ask?
My favorite line from The book " A sword, a spade, and a thought should never be allowed to rust."
Ok just one more " The scalp of your enemy is progress"
Buy this classic, place it next to Joyce & Yeats on your bookshelf.
Go raibh Maith agat.
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on 1 February 2011
This book was a gloriously magical reading experience. Suitable for all ages and temperaments, it is an adventure celebrating Life and Love in all its aspects. It provides something for everyone, lyrical prose, humour, mischief, nature as we SHOULD but know it, loss and yearning, innocence of childhood...I could go on and on. It is a story with many layers of meaning, one to remember forever.
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on 16 December 2011
The content is absolutely glorious. It manages to be funny and serious, even solemn. It moves between legend, fantasy and even at times the commonplace. It is full of gems of language (a curse in ehich "policemsn were exposed naked to the blushes of Eternity", for instance0. But the production is awful. It seems to have been reproduced from an edition with smaller pages, and whenever a word was hyphenated at the end of a line, the hyphen is solemny reproduced in the middle of th text. So while the book itself merits five stars, this edition scores only two!
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on 22 March 2011
Through use of the folk tale, this book contains such depth and charm, that you are left with a sense of having gained a renewed faith in the beauty of life. The first couple of pages had me laughing, as if I thought I was in for a delightful, insightful and playful journey, and I was right. The mythical characters in there seem to embody characteristics that we have encountered in others or ourselves, truly 'what the heart knows today the head will understand tomorrow'
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on 25 January 2012
A favourite philosofic saga of mine. I first read it as a teenager and I still love the book. One of the few books that I have read more than just once.
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on 2 May 2012
DON'T BUY THIS VERSION of 'The Crock'. Find an original old edition. This one is not from an established publishing house. It is riddled with typos and clumsy double spaces. What is more, the size of it is unwieldily and unpleasant to hold. Do yourself a favor, find a first edition, or failing that, an old version, and read it as it was meant to be read (don't give these con-artists a penny more from your crock). LB
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on 5 December 2015
AAAAAce & FirstRate!!!
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