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This material collected over a period of more than twenty years proved to be a valuable source not only for Gregory's own plays but also for Yeats' work. A classic, it presents many aspects of the supernatural seers, healers, charms, banshees, forths, th This material collected over a period of more than twenty years proved to be a valuable source not only for Gregory's own plays but also for Yeats' work. A classic, it presents many aspects of the supernatural seers, healers, charms, banshees, forths, th


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This material collected over a period of more than twenty years proved to be a valuable source not only for Gregory's own plays but also for Yeats' work. A classic, it presents many aspects of the supernatural seers, healers, charms, banshees, forths, th This material collected over a period of more than twenty years proved to be a valuable source not only for Gregory's own plays but also for Yeats' work. A classic, it presents many aspects of the supernatural seers, healers, charms, banshees, forths, th

56 review for Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland

  1. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This was excellent! It's a collection of stories from people around the West of Ireland as told to Lady Gregory over a couple of years. Some of them are only a paragraph long and amount to, "I've never seen them, but one killed my sister," while others are a page or two and more detailed. Most are very short. It's divided into sections, like, "charms," "blacksmiths," "butter" (which I did not know was a big thing but apparently people used magic to steal butter a lot), "monsters," and a bunch mo This was excellent! It's a collection of stories from people around the West of Ireland as told to Lady Gregory over a couple of years. Some of them are only a paragraph long and amount to, "I've never seen them, but one killed my sister," while others are a page or two and more detailed. Most are very short. It's divided into sections, like, "charms," "blacksmiths," "butter" (which I did not know was a big thing but apparently people used magic to steal butter a lot), "monsters," and a bunch more that I can't remember and my cat is sleeping adorably on the book so I can't check. Then withing those sections there was a sort of order as well, as there were many pages within one section that were entirely devoted to sightings of big, black dogs. It was super well organized and highly readable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jay Callahan

    A remarkably good 365-page book published in 1920, the fruit of many years conversations with the then Irish-speaking small farmers of south Galway and nearby north Clare. Lady Gregory was a landlord, but one long involved in the Gaelic revival, and , for some reason, people talked fairly openly to her. Certainly her own predilictions and personality filtered what she heard, but there is not a lot of author-speak or of the author in the stories. They are clear prose; basically, she says, "the ve A remarkably good 365-page book published in 1920, the fruit of many years conversations with the then Irish-speaking small farmers of south Galway and nearby north Clare. Lady Gregory was a landlord, but one long involved in the Gaelic revival, and , for some reason, people talked fairly openly to her. Certainly her own predilictions and personality filtered what she heard, but there is not a lot of author-speak or of the author in the stories. They are clear prose; basically, she says, "the very words in which the story had been told." Gregory was a mentor to Yeats, and it is interesting to compare her writing to his gushy, fulsome, ill-informed and self-centered writing on similar topics. Sections of the book include Seers and Healers ; Away: Herbs, Charms and Wise Women: Astray, and Treasure: Banshees and Warnings: The Fighting of the Friends: Appearances: Butter: The Fool of the Forth; Forths and Sheoguey Places. There have been almost no similar books, in Irish or English. Books of individual storytellers' stories include some similar stories, but there is no colections (intelligent and well-informed) on these topics.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    It is an extremely long, repetitive snooze fest. Has helped me fall asleep many nights. There is great value in collecting folk stories, but some editing would have been beneficial. So many of tales are identical. Not just a few either. Like hundreds saying basically the same thing about the same person (Biddy Early). It was probably not necessary to publish every tale from every person.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lee Ann

    I do love the stories in this book; they're the inspiration behind my own fiction. The length is the only drawback, to be honest. There are many stories that are similar to each other, so to read over 300 pages with several of the same stories told in only slightly different ways can become tedious. Still, I can't ignore the influence this folklore has on me- and the influence it had on Yeats! I do love the stories in this book; they're the inspiration behind my own fiction. The length is the only drawback, to be honest. There are many stories that are similar to each other, so to read over 300 pages with several of the same stories told in only slightly different ways can become tedious. Still, I can't ignore the influence this folklore has on me- and the influence it had on Yeats!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marf

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

  8. 5 out of 5

    L. P.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Woolfhead

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jay M.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Robinson

  12. 4 out of 5

    Not Bridget

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brad Thompson

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rick

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robin

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elliot Schott

  18. 4 out of 5

    Molly Saunders

  19. 5 out of 5

    M F

    Well, it only took me two years to finish reading this... Seriously. I started this in July 2015 and only just got around to finishing it. It's not really the kind of book you read all at once, but even bearing that in mind, that's a bit shameful on my part. I've set myself a challenge to try and deal with my ridiculous 'Currently Reading' shelf -- whether by finishing stuff, or by admitting that I'm never going to and removing them altogether. Anyway, there's some interesting stuff in this, but Well, it only took me two years to finish reading this... Seriously. I started this in July 2015 and only just got around to finishing it. It's not really the kind of book you read all at once, but even bearing that in mind, that's a bit shameful on my part. I've set myself a challenge to try and deal with my ridiculous 'Currently Reading' shelf -- whether by finishing stuff, or by admitting that I'm never going to and removing them altogether. Anyway, there's some interesting stuff in this, but it's not all brilliantly easy to understand. Stories are quoted as told to Lady Gregory by country people, which means they're sometimes phrased in a rather peculiar way.

  20. 4 out of 5

    K

  21. 4 out of 5

    William O'Brien

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephany

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Marr

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deb

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mara Kelland

  27. 4 out of 5

    PJ Who Once Was Peejay

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  29. 5 out of 5

    Merrua

  30. 5 out of 5

    John C.

  31. 4 out of 5

    Graham

  32. 5 out of 5

    BookDB

  33. 4 out of 5

    Ilgın

  34. 4 out of 5

    Pao

  35. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

  36. 5 out of 5

    Tori

  37. 4 out of 5

    Robin

  38. 4 out of 5

    Rubyryan

  39. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen McNeil

  40. 4 out of 5

    Christine

  41. 4 out of 5

    Inna

  42. 5 out of 5

    Liam Malone

  43. 5 out of 5

    Rose

  44. 5 out of 5

    Mawgojzeta

  45. 4 out of 5

    Liam

  46. 4 out of 5

    Gary Colcombe

  47. 4 out of 5

    GaryandRuth

  48. 4 out of 5

    John C.

  49. 4 out of 5

    Екатерина

  50. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  51. 5 out of 5

    Alix

  52. 4 out of 5

    Paul Kerins

  53. 4 out of 5

    Xylia

  54. 4 out of 5

    Jelena

  55. 4 out of 5

    Carlos Carneiro

  56. 5 out of 5

    Becky

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