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The Irish Fairy Book

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I rest myself.’ ‘Is it sit down on the moon?’ said I; ‘is it upon that little round thing, then? Why, then, sure, I’d fall off in a minute, and be kilt and spilt, and smashed all to bits; you are a vile deceiver—so you are.’ ‘Not at all, Dan,’ says he; ‘you can catch fast hold of the reaping-hook that’s sticking out of the side of the moon, and ’twill keep you up.’ ‘I won’t, then,’ said I. ‘Maybe not,’ said he, quite quiet. ‘If you don’t, my man, I shall just give you a shake, and one slap of my wing, and send you down to the ground, where every bone in your body[Pg 40] will be smashed as small as a drop of dew on a cabbage-leaf in the morning.’ ‘Why, then, I’m in a fine way,’ said I to myself, ‘ever to have come along with the likes of you’; and so, giving him a hearty curse in Irish, for fear he’d know what I sai. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Not sure how to rate this; it's really just an eccentric grouping of Irish fairy tales sharing many common themes. It features a ton of strange stuff: magical cows, talking ponies and dancing pudding for example. Yep. The writing was a bit hard to follow at times due to the literal Irish dialect...more

The book was a mix of really interesting stories, but the thing that really caught my attention were the details pertaining to faith or the lack thereof within them. As you read through the book you'll find stories that make mention of Fathers, and "sinning", and eventually a story that revolves...more

It's just beautiful. My mom found this old copy on eBay I think; it was read well and has a pencil inscription inside the cover in child's cursive that reads "Edith with love frome Santy Claus for 1911"

It's missing pages and the binding split and created a flap, but I love it. The Art Nouveau ill...more

This isn't the edition I have, but that edition doesn't seem to exist. A varied collection, some in the high heroic, some literary retellings and some oral transcriptions edited to a greater or lesser degree. Lots of actual fairies, which is nice. Two stories from T Crofton Croker's collection, t...more