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Over Nine Waves: A Book of Irish Legends

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Journalist Marie Heaney skillfully revives the glory of ancient Irish storytelling in this comprehensive volume from the great pre-Christian sequences to the more recent tales of the three patron saints Patrick, Brigid, and Colmcille.

Marie Heaney was born in County Tyrone. She trained as a teacher in Belfast and began her career in schools in Northern Ireland. Married with three children, she now lives in Dublin where she works as a freelance writer, contributing to newspapers and to programmes on both RTE and BBC.

Journalist Marie Heaney skillfully revives the glory of ancient Irish storytelling in this comprehensive volume from the great pre-Christian sequences to the more recent tales of the three patron saints: Patrick, Brigid, and Colmcille.

"Marie Heaney's splendid retelling of these great Irish wonder tales is especially timely. It is in the nature of this material that it must be retold, if not actually reinterpreted, for each new generation of readers . . . Marie Heaney chooses a plain modern style, close to the spoken voice, yet supple enough to meet the high moments of narrative . . . Those who have missed out on these legends at school have now a brilliant chance to retrieve those losses."—Augustine Martin, Sunday Independent
 
"These legends are the action-packed stories—of ancient heroes, huge battles, attempted invasions, prophecies and spells, clashes between the underworld and the real world, abductions, love affairs and feasts—which have fascinated the Irish mind for more than 2,000 years . . . Most of them have an extraordinary, start narrative sweep, with a marvelous sense of detail . . . Heaney writes directly and fluently . . . with great tact and skill."—Colm Toibin, Sunday Times
 
"I enjoyed this book immensively . . . Marie Heaney has pleasant and readable literary manner and her style is a seamless garment."—Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Irish Times
 
"Essential background for every reader of Irish literature."—Library Journal

Synopsis:

A retelling of Irish legends, including the three major pre-Christian sequences - the Mythological Cycle, the Ulster Cycle and the Finn Cycle - as well as more recent tales of the saints Patrick, Brigid and Colmcille.

Synopsis:

In her colloquial retelling of these stories, Marie Heaney conveys the full dramatic and poetic power of one of Europe's oldest narrative traditions. The most important tales from the three major pre-Christian sequences - the Mythological Cycle, the Ulster Cycle and the Finn Cycle - are followed by lives of the saints Patrick, Brigid and Columcille, and the result is a uniquely accessible compendium. Encompassing both extremes of violence and the most sublime and tender imaginative fancy, the world of Over Nine Waves is one in which the present-day reader will have no difficulty finding his or her bearings. Marie Heaney is the ideal guide, demonstrating with authority what may still be too little known, that the ancient Irish legends are comparable in their force and profundity to any in the world.

Synopsis:

Journalist Marie Heaney skillfully revives the glory of ancient Irish storytelling in this comprehensive volume from the great pre-Christian sequences to the more recent tales of the three patron saints Patrick, Brigid, and Colmcille.

About the Author

Marie Heaney was born in County Tyrone. She trained as a teacher in Belfast and began her career in schools in Northern Ireland. Married with three children, she now lives in Dublin where she works as a freelance writer, contributing to newspapers and to programmes on both RTE and BBC.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780571175185
Editor:
Heaney, Marie
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Editor:
Heaney, Marie
Author:
Heaney, Marie
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Legends, irish
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19950731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.83 x 5.13 x 0.75 in

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"Synopsis" by , A retelling of Irish legends, including the three major pre-Christian sequences - the Mythological Cycle, the Ulster Cycle and the Finn Cycle - as well as more recent tales of the saints Patrick, Brigid and Colmcille.
"Synopsis" by , In her colloquial retelling of these stories, Marie Heaney conveys the full dramatic and poetic power of one of Europe's oldest narrative traditions. The most important tales from the three major pre-Christian sequences - the Mythological Cycle, the Ulster Cycle and the Finn Cycle - are followed by lives of the saints Patrick, Brigid and Columcille, and the result is a uniquely accessible compendium. Encompassing both extremes of violence and the most sublime and tender imaginative fancy, the world of Over Nine Waves is one in which the present-day reader will have no difficulty finding his or her bearings. Marie Heaney is the ideal guide, demonstrating with authority what may still be too little known, that the ancient Irish legends are comparable in their force and profundity to any in the world.
"Synopsis" by ,
Journalist Marie Heaney skillfully revives the glory of ancient Irish storytelling in this comprehensive volume from the great pre-Christian sequences to the more recent tales of the three patron saints Patrick, Brigid, and Colmcille.

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