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Marie Heaney's splendid retelling of these great Irish wonder tales is especially timely. It is in the nature of this material that it must be retold, if not actually reinterpreted, for each new generation of readers. Marie Heaney chooses a plain modern style, close to the spoken voice, yet supple enough to meet the high moments of narrative. Those who have missed out on these legends at school have now a brilliant chance to retrieve those losses. These legends are the action-packed stories-of ancient heroes, huge battles, attempted invasions, prophecies and spells, clashes between the under world and the real world, abductions, love affairs and feasts-which have fascinated the Irish mind for more than 2,000 years...Most of them have an extraordinary, stark narrative sweep, with a marvellous sense of detail...Heaney writes directly and fluently.. with great tact and skill.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 256 Vendor: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 5 X 8 (inches) ISBN: 057117518X ISBN-13: 9780571175185 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
Journalist Marie Heaney skillfully revives the glory of ancient Irish storytelling in this comprehensive volume from the great pre-Christian sequences to the more recent tales of the three patron saints Patrick, Brigid, and Colmcille.
Marie Heaney was born in County Tyrone. She trained as a teacher in Belfast and began her career in schools in Northern Ireland. Married with three children, she now lives in Dublin where she works as a freelance writer, contributing to newspapers and to programmes on both RTE and BBC.
"Essential background for every reader of Irish literature." -- Library Journal