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The Druid (Frank Delaney Storytellers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Frank Delaney
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Book Description

Long long ago, when the pigs ate the apples off the trees and the birds flew upside down - so begins a tale by an Irish fireside. And thereby Frank Delaney, the New York Times bestselling author of Ireland, launches STORYTELLERS, a new series of short stories in the oral tradition, created specially for e-readers. In his first story, this master of the legendary form creates THE DRUID, a fascinating character full of cunning and false magic, who tries to win the hand of a beautiful girl.

This short story also includes the first chapter from Delaney's latest novel The Last Storyteller.
Excerpt from The Druid

Long long ago, when the pigs ate the apples off the trees and the birds flew upside down, there lived a crazy druid. Who wasn't crazy at all. He was a busy fellow, because the Irish people have always been interested in religion, and he made a good living by pretending sometimes to be crazy. Let's say that he was a man who had an unusual way with belief.
Let me straighten out something at the beginning. Our ancient times knew very few people as important as druids. They were learned men who could tell you the story of the world, and they committed everything to memory, because if it was written down somebody could steal it. They were wise men whose advice was sought by kings and commoners, because it was usually sound advice. They were mostly true men, who had the good of their people at heart, but of course now and then you'd find a few rogues, a few unscrupulous tricksters. Like the man I'm going to tell you about...

Product Details

  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MEIER (December 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006M594JK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Loves a Good Story... January 21, 2012
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And you certainly won't be disappointed with this one. I found myself feeling like I was in ancient times reacting to the storyteller. There is something about Frank Delaney's writing that mesmerizes me at the get-go. I wanted to like the Druid as a wise and worldly, little man, but his means of getting Elaine were horribly dishonest. In the end he is caught in his own falsehoods. What one will do to "get the girl ." The question here is: Did he love the girl or did he love what came with the girl? Read this short story for you shall see. Imagine you are sitting around a hearth-fire, in an Irish cottage or a pub in Ireland listening to the storyteller. Frank Delaney is brilliant in his creative abilities, and with prose that will have you asking for more.

I recommend this quick escape to a great short story. Worth the read. Can't wait for his next short story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Druid - A Mysterious Matchmaker! February 16, 2012
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Frank Delaney begins this story with a preface about the well-known Bards of Ireland, their various names, their powers, political connections, place in the community, and their wonderful story-telling abilities. Frank Delaney here continues the tradition in this series of short stories, the first being "The Druid"!

This is a truly magical story about a crazy Druid who also knew how to manipulate the people he served with his powers. It's such a short story and not to be ruined by telling too much about it. It contains the proverbial phrases and comments that helped expand a bard's story, but most of all it tells of how much the common Irish farmers trusted the Druid with their present and future, even down to the focus of this story, the possible wedding of a beautiful daughter to one known and one unknown suitor! Every utterance of advice was honored as if it came from the divine!

The Druid is an annoying but funny guy whose end will delight every reader! Frank Delaney is a true Bard sharing his love of fable, legend and stories in the 21st Century, and readers are privileged to enjoy every literate story and novel he writes. Lovely!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best living authors March 20, 2012
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This is a typical Frank Delaney book. And in saying that, i am saying it is wonderful!! In addition to this series i highly recommend Ireland, The Story Teller and Tipperary.
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2.0 out of 5 stars just a tad disappointed April 28, 2014
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I really LOVED Frank Delaney's book - Ireland - oh my. And though the story here is good, it didn't charm me the way his other books have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Irish Lore December 25, 2013
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Good lore. Interesting read. Too short. Seems this is a"trailer" to the real thing, the introduction to the "real" book is at the end of the "short" story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative July 16, 2012
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An enjoyable short story about the sneaky tactics a druid employs to marry a girl. I liked the way the story is told through the voice of a storyteller and especially loved the ending.
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More About the Author

'The Most Eloquent Man in the World', says NPR, about the writer, broadcaster, BBC host and Booker Prize Judge, Frank Delaney. Over a career of interviews that has lasted more than three decades, Delaney, an international-best-selling author himself, has interviewed more than 3,500 of the world's most important writers.

Frank Delaney has earned top prizes and best-seller status in a wide variety of formats, from prolific author, a polished broadcaster on both television and radio, to journalist, correspondent, screenwriter, lecturer, playwright and scholar. He has been the president of the Samuel Johnson Society, president of the UK Book Trust, and the Literary Director of the famed Edinburgh Festival.

A judge of many literary prizes (including the famous Booker), Delaney also created landmark programs and passionate documentaries on many subjects including Joyce, Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Hemingway, Mailer, Matisse, Van Gogh and the vitality and organic growth of the English language - his famed BBC show on the way we speak, Word of Mouth, is still heard all over the English-speaking world. And his six-part series, The Celts, originally broadcast in forty countries, is still in active DVD distribution, some twenty years after its launch.

Mr. Delaney lectures all over the world, writes every day, and has created a significant podcast series: Re:Joyce, deconstructing, examining and illuminating James Joyce's Ulysses line-by-line, in accessible and entertaining five-minute broadcasts, posted each week on this website. The project is estimated to run a quarter of a century.

Born and raised in County Tipperary, Ireland, Delaney spent more than twenty-five years in England before moving to the United States in 2002. His first 'American' book was the New York Times Bestseller, Ireland. His second, the non-fiction Simple Courage, was chosen as one of the top five books of the year by the American Library Association. Since 2006, he has published five Novels of Ireland, all addressing, decade by decade, the twentieth century history of his homeland. His latest novel, "The Last Storyteller" (Random House, February 7th 2012) celebrates the mysteries of the ancient oral tradition as the last itinerant storytellers work their magic in 1950's Ireland.

Mr. Delaney lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut, with his wife, writer and marketer, Diane Meier.

Delaney broadcasts "Re:Joyce," a weekly podcast on James Joyce's "Ulysses" on his website You can find his daily writing tips on Twitter:

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