The People Of The Sea Celtic Tales of the Seal-Folk

The People Of The Sea Celtic Tales of the Seal-Folk

By: David Thomson (author)eBook
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Introduced by Seamus Heaney. David Thomson’s travels in the Gaelic world of 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. They told of men rescued by seals in stormy seas, of babies suckled by seal-mothers, and of men who took seal-women for wives – stories centuries old, handed down to them by their forefathers. These mysterious and fascinating legends retain their spell-binding enchantment through the luminous quality of David Thomson’s prose. From an early age, he was fascinated by the mysterious interaction between man and the sea. In the Selkie legends he found the perfect expression of a Celtic world where truth and fiction intertwine, and his book is a window onto that vanished world. ‘The People of the Sea survives not as a period piece but as a poetic achievement . . . readers will be carried away on successive waves of pleasure . . . these stories have an irresistible holistic beauty.’ Seamus Heaney ‘A splendid resurrection of a life that has almost vanished.’ Daily Telegraph ‘I know of few books which so ably open a window on the Gaelic scene today or which so faithfully reflect the mind, vigour and courtesy of its people . . . Pounds on the imagination like surf on a reef.’ Observer

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  • publication date: 01/04/2011
  • ID: 9781847674593
  • series: Canons
  • book language: en
  • publisher: Canongate Books
  • publisher imprint: Canongate Books

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