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With more than 100 memorable tales, this extensive collection brings together stirring stories from all parts of Scotland--from the vibrant Gaelic traditional Highlands and Islands to the enduring legends handed down by the Lowland Scots.


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With more than 100 memorable tales, this extensive collection brings together stirring stories from all parts of Scotland--from the vibrant Gaelic traditional Highlands and Islands to the enduring legends handed down by the Lowland Scots.

46 review for The Penguin Book of English Folktales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    This was an interesting collection of English folktales. Philip gives notes after many of them discussing the source and the variations in the tales that are found in different regions. I got this book after Neil Gaiman mentioned it as being inspiration for one of his short stories in his book Smoke and Mirrors. I'm surprised considering this is where I found out about it that there aren't more who did the same and this is the first review! Some of the tales are difficult to read as they are wri This was an interesting collection of English folktales. Philip gives notes after many of them discussing the source and the variations in the tales that are found in different regions. I got this book after Neil Gaiman mentioned it as being inspiration for one of his short stories in his book Smoke and Mirrors. I'm surprised considering this is where I found out about it that there aren't more who did the same and this is the first review! Some of the tales are difficult to read as they are written in order to capture the oral style it was told in and therefore are written in strong accents making some words hard to work out! This does not detract from the book, it just means you need a bit more patience with some parts. For anyone interested in folklore it is a worthwhile read and shows the rich English tradition that was alive and passed down through the generations. Most people tend to think only of the Grimms' collection but England produced many of their own clever tales and spooky stories!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    It took me long enough,but I've finished it. I loved it. It was a particularly interesting collection of folk and fairy tales, which contained a lot of historical facts and linguistic treats that kept me entertained as well as scholarly curious. It took me long enough,but I've finished it. I loved it. It was a particularly interesting collection of folk and fairy tales, which contained a lot of historical facts and linguistic treats that kept me entertained as well as scholarly curious.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Velma

    In the introduction to his collection of short stories entitled Smoke and Mirrors, Neil Gaiman references this book as an inspiration for The White Road, included in the anthology.

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