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Darby O'Gill and the Good People Paperback – November, 1998

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Initially released in 1903, this novel is told through chapters that could be read individually as short stories. Kavanagh's tale is set in Ireland and offers more of a light-hearted portrait of its people and their myths than authors like Flann O'Brien or James Joyce. Silly, but fun.
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The tale or group of tales offers a happy evening for any reader with a heart for wise nonsense. -- Saturday Review of Literature, September 24, 1932

When you read this book you will be transported back to Ireland through tales of Darby's adventures with the fairies and King Brian Connors of the Good People. [T]his would be an interesting read-aloud with the Irish dialect! If your family has an interest in Irish folklore and culture, this book will help you picture Ireland... -- Pennsylvania Home Education News, Issue #29, 1999

[T]hese tales of the adventures of Darby O'Gill are told in the right spirit and make delightful reading. -- New York Times, January 1, 1933
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: One Faithful Harp Publishing Company; Revised edition (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966670108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966670103
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,504,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It took me many years of searching to find my 1906 edition of Herminie Templeton's (before she married Judge Kavanagh) adventures of that daring Tipperary man named Darby O'Gill among the Fairies of Sleive-na-mon. For many years after I guarded that volume as one of my most precious treasures. Now thanks to the kind folks at One Faithful Harp Press, I can have a copy that I feel comfortable lending to my friends or even giving to my boys to read.
"Darby O'Gill & the Good People" (along with "Ashes of Old Wishes" which was published more than 20 years later) is the basis for the 1959 Disney film "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" but it is so much richer than that charming children's film. It is a collection of fairy stories to be sure, but even more it is a celebration of Catholic Ireland, and the goodness and morality of the turn of the century Irish peasant.
If you can muster the accent, I urge you to read this book to your children aloud. They will never forget it.
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This was first published in 1903.Now it is being republished including illustrations by Ted Schluenderfritz.If you've wondered if fairies and leprechauns are real and why only in Ireland,you'll find the answers in this little tome.This book has stood the test of time and if it were not as explained herein;this book would have been relegated to the dustbin of literacy long ,long ago.
These rollicking tales recount scampish Darby O'Gill's wild and improbable adventures with Leprechauns,Fairies,Ghosts,a Banchee,a Headless Coachman and Darby's impishfriend ,Brian O'Connor,the King of the Fairies,himself.
You will learn how The Good People were expelled from heaven,could have chosen to go anywhere in the Universe,but chose Ireland.They chose to live in the heart of a mountain by the name of "Sleeve-na-mon".
Darby O'Gill became a prisoner of the Good People,drinking punch,telling tales,and dancing reels with the fairies;until he was able to trick the King of the Fairies into setting him free.It's a great read.You may even want to brush up on your "Irish speak" before you start,but even if you don't;by thre time you finish ,you'll be at ease conversing with the Fairies,Leprechauns,Ghosts,Banchees,Headless Horsemen and even Brian O'Connor,King of the Fairies;and you certainly will do so if you venture into their domain.
Here,s something for you to practice on;
"Darby's consthermaytion an' complication an' turitaytion were beyant imaginaytion.Bridget laned there,gasping.If she felt as bad as she looked,four Dublint surgunts withtheir saws an' knives couldn't have doneher a ha'porth of good.Howsumever,for all that,the sly woman had seen Malachi dodge an' go gallopin' away,but she purtendid to think 'twas at herself the turf was trun.Not bthat she scolded,or anything as common as that,but she went on like an early Christian martyr who was just goin't to be inthrojooced to the roaring lions."
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This book only includes 3 of the Darby O'Gill stories--it is missing several others that are included in the public domain edition.
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There are tales of the old country and there are the Disney interpretations, but this sweet, insightful story, (written in dialect,) is a delight to those folk who love myths and those who love stories of magic and especially those who love the Irish!
Highly recommend to anyone actually!
It is just fun.
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This excellent book is a wonderful compendium of irish tales with the true flavor and rhythm of how they are told without a cloying cloak of "everything's perfect in fairy land." I highly recommend it. Claudia Newcorn - author of the award-winning fantasy, Crossover Crossover: Krisálys Chronicles of Féyree
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This book is advertised as 304 pages in the print version. I'm guessing it would amount to about 30 in the Kindle version. As another reviewer stated, it contained only three chapters. Something is amiss.
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Boring! Snooze-fest. I could not finish this.

Don't get me wrong, the actual plots of the stories are enjoyable but it's just too much work plodding through the narratives.
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