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  • Title: The People Of The Sea (Canongate Classics)
  • Author: David Thomson
  • ISBN: 9781841951072
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Unknown Binding

  • The haunting record of a journey in search of the man seal legends of the Celts David Thomson s travels in the Hebrides and the west coast of Ireland brought him into contact with a people whose association with the sea and its fertile lore runs deep These simple people were gifted with the most ancient storytelling arts They told of men rescued by seals in stormy seas,The haunting record of a journey in search of the man seal legends of the Celts David Thomson s travels in the Hebrides and the west coast of Ireland brought him into contact with a people whose association with the sea and its fertile lore runs deep These simple people were gifted with the most ancient storytelling arts They told of men rescued by seals in stormy seas, of babies suckled by seal mothers, and of men who took sea women for wives stories centuries old handed down to them by their forefathers This book seeks to brings these fascinating legends alive.
    David Thomson
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    Commentaires:

    Miriam
    Of all the houses I remember with love the house called Tigh na Rosen is the sweetest smelling and the brightest begins Thomson's account of his lifelong fascination with seal lore.I don't know why it begins this way; the house is of little importance to the remainder of the book and is only referred to once or twice in passing. Perhaps this is a mental association on the author's part, the place he lived when he first became interested in selchies, starting with his mother's cousin La's reminis [...]

    Zanna
    Here is Seamus Heany's introduction quoting Wordsworth's definition of a poet to apply it to David Thomsona man speaking to men: a man, it is true, endued with more lively sensibility, more enthusiasm and tenderness, who has a greater knowledge of human nature, and a more comprehensive soul, than are supposed to be common among mankindI may as well give up then! This made me laugh and feel extra grateful for Aubrey's new group.In addition to an off-putting introduction (that's to say it put me o [...]

    Ancestral Gael
    I bought this book some time ago, but it seemed destined to remain on my "to be read" shelf. Earlier this year, while on holiday in Scotland with a small tour group, I noticed one of my fellow passengers was reading this book and when I enquired about it, she was unable to tell me much, which of course piqued my interest. This was just one of a series of co-incidences in which the legend of the selkie were brought to my attention: just before, during and after the tour of Scotland.As well as wat [...]

    Sienna
    This book is many things: oral history, travelogue, folklore, poetry, treasure. It's the reassuringly salty tang of the seaside air, a glimpse of glossy eyes in the water, finding humanity in nature and vice versa. It's a product of a particular place, or set of places, and a time that I worry would otherwise be lost to us:Mrs. Charleson clicked her tongue. "The old people were full o' superstitions," she said."Maybe," said Gilbert."And maybe superstition is right," said his father."Well," said [...]

    Jim
    The haunting record of a journey in search of the man-seal legends of the Celts. David Thomson's travels in the Hebrides and the west coast of Ireland brought him into contact with a people whose association with the sea and its fertile lore runs deep. These simple people were gifted with the most ancient storytelling arts. They told of men rescued by seals in stormy seas, of babies suckled by seal-mothers, and of men who took sea-women for wives--stories centuries-old handed down to them by the [...]

    Story
    Somewhere between memoir and a record of folklore, David Thomson journeyed Ireland and Scotland in pursuit of the Atlantic seal-- the selchie-- and its stories. Thomson renders speech fluidly, with care and attention to the speaker's voice, such that the reader is there with him in the ruins of the Black House, or at the public house, or by the fire in the home of a stranger listening to the tales. It's clear that the village life, the backdrop of the tales Thomson recorded was one in flux-- cha [...]

    Matt
    One of those books that you slow down your reading pace in order to enjoy the experience. A sensitive and gentle tale exploring the simple lives of isolated Irish and Scotish communities, and the role of storytelling in their lives, now all but lost. Beautiful recording of an fragment of a dying mythological tradition. I saw seals every day on the Cornish Coast arround the time I was finishing this book!

    Padraic
    If you had one shot at writing a great book, would you choose sealskin as a subject?Maybe you should. Nah, already been done.

    Kelly
    Wow- I had no idea I would ever be interested in this, but it looks fabulous.

    Ape
    This is such a beautiful book, albeit melancholic in atmosphere sometimes. Written in the 1950s and accounting experiences before then, I guess a lot of this is a world long since lost. Not that I want to look at things through rose-tinted glasses. Life was tough and dangerous and for women there wasn't much doing. But at the same time it has been fascinating.It's hard to classify this book. In some ways it's travel and childhood memoirs. It's also a study of folklore, of Irish and Scottish cult [...]

    Monica Davis
    A very enjoyable read in which culture blends with magical tales. This non-fiction work delves into the world of legends and folklore surrounding seals as selkies, mermaids, and people. The explanations are passed along through wonderful stories and recollections of locals from small fishing villages.

    jack
    really fantastic book collecting different bits of seal folklore around ireland. its full of information, but gives the feel of learning around a hearth fire rather than a dry academic approach. wish i could find more by him

    Shelley
    Beautiful, quirky story of one man's love of the sea and the story of the selkie legend. Could just as well be under travel section, as he travels to the Hebrides and Ireland's West Coast. Lovely writing on an engaging topic.

    CAW
    As much about sea-Gaels and Orcadians as the marine fey and the sea they interact with, a beautiful interweaving of observation and folk-telling. See saltnestervejournal/113

    John
    Amazingly well put together. Wish there were more out there like this.

    Betsy Cornwell
    Gorgeous. Amazing. Fascinating. I love this book so much.

    Kristen Ringman
    Beautiful REAL stories about the selchies of Ireland and Scotland

    Debs
    A thorough examination of the mythology behind the seal-folk; a great read for anyone interested in traditional tales.

    Fishface
    Simply a collection of the selchie tales the author was able to collect travelling around Scotland and Ireland, all of them charming and -- to the tellers -- often 100% true. I was startled to read that one of the tellers of these tales takes it as a fact that (among others) a family named Coneely is believed to have been descended from a selchie -- the plot of the movie THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH, presented as fiction. Apparently if you're an Irishman, it's just a fact. This was a great read.

    Mick Bordet
    A nice collection of folk tales, tied together in a narrative that is both charming and frustrating. On one hand it gives a real feeling of the hospitality of remote fishing communities, the likes of which are probably all but gone these days, but there are numerous detours along the way, some of which interrupt the flow.

    Alex Clare
    This is almost a stream of consciousness, coalescing into more formal stories, normally told by one of the characters met on the author's travels. Best when read in the tradition of Joyce

    Kate
    "The late David Thomson, raised among Scottish fishermen and storytellers, was obsessed from childhood by the Celtic seal legend -- the large body of stories and songs about the 'selchie,' or gray Atlantic seal. In the early 1950s he took a journey to seek the legend out -- in the Hebrides, on the east coast of Scotland, on the west coast of Ireland, in the Shetlands and the Orkney Islands. He gives us here the fruit of his search as he found it -- in the pub, at a country dance, in a crofter's [...]

    Niall519
    An odd but charming combination of anthropology, mythology, and travelogue. It's far more about the people of Western Scotland and Ireland than the selkies themselves, and the title is ambiguous in that respect.The author had a real talent for writing (capturing?) vernacular dialogue and scene setting. It's just a shame he didn't put those talents toward slightly more selchie lore and slightly less reminscing. However, as a portrait of a different place and time, it was still an enchanting read. [...]

    Ticklish Owl
    If you are a fan of Irish folklore, the animated film Song of the Sea by Cartoon Saloon is well worth seeing, especially for fans of Studio Ghibli and Hiyao Miyazaki—think Irish Studio Ghibli—beautiful art and a wonderful story! Cartoon Salon's previous film, The Secret of Kells, is fantastic as well.

    Candice Dunnigan
    Very much a taste of legends and tales of the gray seals of Ireland. Having ridden and experienced living in Ireland I was both taken back into the strange connections of seals and costal lore. I did nor realize (though I should have) that the seal mystique goes beyond Ireland, to Scotland to the Norse.

    Anton Channing
    The author lovingly recounts, with perhaps some poetic license, their travels around the highlands of Scotland, the islands and the west coast of Eire, and the interactions with locals from whom they managed to collect tales of the Selchie, the seal people. When we hear the stories, we hear them in the context the author heard them. ComA recommended read.

    Maggie P
    This is a truly excellent combination of genres. I would classify it technically as non-fiction, but the prose style is so true to the mythic stories the author is relaying that it blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction. I love the insight into Irish culture and myth. This is truly a beautiful book. You can tell that it was a labor of love for the author!

    Chris
    Charming in some parts, slow in others. Worth the read though.

    Maddy
    One of my favourite books, read when I was around 12. I'd probably find the lyricism a bit over the top these days.

    Partridge Public
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