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An old woman's reflections by Peig Sayers

An old woman's reflections

by Peig Sayers

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An interesting collection of stories from an Irish "story-teller" who lived most of her life on an isolated island. It's translated from Gaelic into English, but much of the original lyrical prose is still evident. Worth reading. ( )
  fuzzi | Mar 1, 2019 |
Stories from the life of an elderly Irishwoman known as a storyteller. Those of most general interest may be her memories of the Irish Revolution of 1916 - 1920. ( )
  antiquary | Aug 30, 2017 |
Peig Sayers wanted to capture the old style of Gaelic storytelling before it was gone from the earth forever. She was raised listening to the old men telling their tales around the peat fire, but all the old men were dying, and because Gaelic at the time was not encouraged, it was becoming scarce as well.

I thought this book would be more along the lines of fairy tales, or old tales of Ireland, but instead it reminds me of when I was a little girl helping my grandmother, mother and aunts with canning or some such task, and listening to them talk. It has that rhythm and feel to it. Sometimes it is difficult to follow the conversation, with the tense changing, or not being sure who is being referred to.

There are little tidbits of Irish history woven into the stories, but more about the way of life on a remote island around the beginning of the 20th century, or end of the 19th. ( )
  MrsLee | Mar 14, 2017 |
Peig was an intelligent woman with a wry sense of humour and a great eye for detail. Her stories of Gaelic country life are well-spoken and moving. ( )
  thesmellofbooks | Jan 16, 2009 |
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Known affectionately as "the Queen of Gaelic Storytellers," Peig Sayers here offers reminiscences of the daily events that made up her life (such as seal catching, collecting turf for roofs, preparing for a funeral wake) alongside the tragedies of drownings at sea, pilgrimages, and the news of the 1916 revolution in Dublin City. It is a unique record of an essential part of the oral Gaelic tradition.

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