*Starred Review* During folklore's first and greatest period, the end of the nineteenth century, such gifted writers as Lady Gregory and William Butler Yeats wandered the Irish countryside, gathering the oral vestiges of a great tradition. Publishing their gleanings later, sometimes altered in transcription, they garnered an audience eager for tales of heroes, fairies, and gods. Such compilations as theirs remain major sources of Irish mythology. One of the best-known seanachies, or traditional tale spinners, in Ireland today, Lenihan is an Irish-speaking schoolmaster in the very area where Gregory and Yeats gathered their tales. He discloses that, despite the arrival of fax, Internet, and cell phone, the old tales persist. His fresh collection includes some famous motifs, such as the "fairy blast" that steals away people and things, but also such regionally specific figures as Biddy Early, the White Witch of Clare--a historical figure around whom myths have accrued. Lenihan focuses on the "other crowd" of the title: the fairy people, who are the diminished remnants of old gods, still able to affect the world of humankind. This is not quaint fluff but the powerful, sometimes disturbing lore of a world parallel to and occasionally intersecting ours. A major contribution to its field, the book is also compulsively readable, not least because Green, an audio producer, has helped capture the torque of Irish speech in Lenihan's storytelling. Patricia Monaghan
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powerful, sometimes disturbing lore
A major contribution to its field, the book is also compulsively readable
" -- Booklist (starred review)
" rich and absorbing narratives free of the New Age cant that has infected so many contemporary accounts of traditional folklore." -- Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I like this book BUT am disappointed that 99 % of the fairies in this book are sinister.
I've studied metaphisics for years and am well versed in the world of spirits, spirit... Read more
I don't know why anybody would want to forget these fairy legends. I don't know why people would abandon the Celtic harp. These are the heart and soul of an ancient people. Read morePublished 10 months ago by seagypsy
I didn't like the style of writing. I don't like the ol' Irish accent in the story telling, or the storybook padding in the tales.Published 13 months ago by Vincent Spume
This collection of collected narratives and commentary was enjoyable and informative. Some of the stories were collected fairly recently; they are a testament to the still-living... Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. Kelly
Well documented accounts of Irish encounters with the "other crowd", who have also been called fairies. They are of course nothing like tinkerbell. Highly recommended.Published on July 18, 2013 by Mark13
All of these stories about fairies were told to the author by the older generations that are now grandparents. Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Shannon M. Mcgee
I found out about this book through the radio program "To the Best of Our Knowledge". It is a delightful collection of stories, written in the various tellers' own voices. Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by Tangerine
It is always wonderful to hear from a great traditional story-teller. This collction is fascinating because it is a collection of fairly contemporary stories about encounters with... Read morePublished on July 7, 2010 by Gwendolyn J. Reece