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Celtic Myths and Legends Paperback – December 23, 2002
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About the Author
Peter Berresford Ellis, an historian and novelist, is the author of several books on Celtic history and culture, including The Cornish Language and its Literature (1974) and Celtic Inheritance (1985).
Top Customer Reviews
I'm sure there are deeper and more intricate books about Celtic Mythology, but this one is a must for starters or fans alike.
Included are many, many tales about kings, castles, quests and magic, and the author remains true to the spirit of the time, and you'll be surprised to read the original telling of the classic Cinderella.
In all, a very good read, (More than 600 pages, dozens of tales) for kids or adults alike, and a good introduction to Celtic Mythology.
The stories really drag you right in and make you feel like you are right there with these people. It is refreshing to have a books filled with stories that brings the magic back to life in this cold and empty life we all lead. A wonderful escape from the drab everyday stuff.
A good thing i thought is that the author seperates them by countries of origins and then gives you a little backround info on his sources and such before you move on to the stories of each section. I was upset that there was an end to the book , its one you wish would just keep going.
This is a wonderful edition to my collection and will be read more then once for sure.
I did wish that a pronunciation guide of some sort had been included. Since I am not yet very familiar with the Gaelic or Welsh languages, I wasn't sure how some of the names would be pronounced, which made it a bit difficult at times to read. But that is a minor quibble. I highly recommend this book - to beginners in the area of Celtic myhthology, and to anyone who likes to read good stories.
This book is a compilation of retellings of Celtic myths, legends, and folktales. The book is broken up by region and covers Ireland, Man, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany. I found his style enjoyable and easy to read but the structure of the Celtic style of storytelling is entirely left out. Those interested in this should look at his sources (which he discusses if not citing specifically).
The book makes good and light bedtime reading (perhaps what I call a light read might be different than others, but this is pretty light). The stories are generally suitable for reading to kids. It is a nice collection, but has very little value from a scholarly perspective.
That being said, I did give it a five star because it was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone, yet the editor should and needs to go back through and do a much better job. Certain stories I had to reread paragraphs to keep the story straight and punctuation was hacked about in certain areas. That is something I should have lowered the rating with, but can't do that because it is such a great book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a neo pagan beginner. I wanted a book on Celtic mythology to help with my path and this book was not it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you love Celtic mythology, you should not look further than this book. Stories are classic, and most of them are not well known. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Heavy book but it stays interesting. Good read alouds to kids and adults alike.
If you like hero stories
a wonderful book full of many myths and legends which were helpful to my writing a short story surrounding the Celtic legends. Read morePublished 12 months ago by vicki Jackson