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What a disappointment,
This review is from: Beside the Fire; A Collection of Irish Gaelic Folk Stories (Paperback)
I was delighted to receive this book, so reasonably priced and nicely printed. But my hopes turned to ashes on opening it : certainly the English part of the text is clear and legible in every way. Yet when Hyde turns to Irish, his words might just as well be typed on an Enigma Machine. It is just a jumble of apparently random characters and numbers. As the book has sections in Irish on every page, the legible English text is broken up with nonsense which of course destroys the story-line and we have to guess what the Irish might mean. I am a fluent Irish speaker & writer, but this printed version is of no use whatever to rebuild the narratives that Hyde gives.
It's amazing that the printer felt able to issue this pointless book. I cannot even take it to a Charity Shop : it has gone straight into the recycle box!
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