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John Sherman and Dhoya

W. B. Yeats

Book Overview: 

In 1891, Yeats published "John Sherman", a novella, and "Dhoya", a Celtic mythologic story. Ganconagh, Yeats’s nom de plume for this work is the name of a male faerie in Irish mythology that is known for seducing human women. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . mother all his life, and their old servant hardly remembered having lived anywhere else; and soon she would absolutely cease to remember the world she knew before she saw the four walls of this house, for every day she forgot something fresh. The son was almost thirty, the mother fifty, and the servant near seventy. Every year they had two hundred pounds among them, and once a year the son got a new suit of clothes and went into the drawing-room to look at himself in the mirror.

On the morning of the 20th of December Mrs. Sherman was down before her son. A spare, delicate-featured woman, with somewhat thin lips tightly closed as with silent people, and eyes at once gentle and distrustful, tempering the hardness of the lips. She helped the servant to set the table, and then, for her old-fashioned ideas would not allow her to rest, began to knit, often interrupting her knitting to go into the kitchen or to listen at the foot of the stairs. At last, hearing a so. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Sherman **
Dhoya ****

I enjoy the poetry Yeats wrote, but I can't say I'm a big fan of these short stories. I did like a few parts of "John Sherman", though.

The bulk of this volume consists of Years' John Sherman story which features a strange love story of an relatively lazy young man, whose essential character does not change but who progresses through a series of expected behaviours when he finally discovers himself and what he really cares about.

Until a few weeks ago, I didn't even know Yeats had written fiction. . I knew Yeats as a poet, but as a writer of fiction? The novel was written by Yeats when he was in his twenties and sheds light on some of his thinking in his later poetry, but it's enjoyable in its own right as well.

It's basical

"คนเราต้องแก่ตัวลงสักวัน แล้วเมื่อถึงวันนั้น วันที่คุณเป็นคนแก่ คุณคงไม่ค่อยมีแรงทำอะไร เมื่อถึงตอนนั้นคุณอาจต้องเสียดาย ที่คุณได้ปล่อยเวลาให้ผ่านไปอย่างไร้ค่า"

ที่บางครั้งเราแยกโทนสีไม่ออกว่า สีชมพูที่อ่อนจางปานขาวกับสีขาวนั้นช่างคล้ายกัน

John Sherman re-affirmed the fact that even the simplest and plainest of stories can be made wonderful when told beautifully, for it is not intensely unique as a plot, but is made complete and special through Yeats's poetry of thought and enchanting use of language.

Dhoya is exactly as it should be.

Най-големите съкровища, казват, идвали обичайно в малки опаковки, и мини бижуто на Йейтс очаквано не се различава от общото правило. Въпреки сравненията с Оскар Уайлд, аз по-скоро намирам паралели с най-любимия ми роман от училищните години – Герой на нашето време на Лермонтов, макар че Джон Шърман

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