Synopses & Reviews
Dream Angus comes to you at night and bestows dreams - you may spot him skipping across the hills, his bag of dreams by his side. Just the sight of him may be enough to make you fall in love, for he is also the god of love, youth, and beauty. Divine Angus is cherished by all but fated to love only the beautiful Ca?r, swan maiden from his own dreams. Crafting an ancient myth into a tale fabulously and irresistibly new, Dream Angus is the epitome of McCall Smith's prose, beautifully weighted, sensuous in its expression, deliciously serene. Five exquisite fables of modern dreamers unfold alongside Angus's search for Ca?r. Mesmerically weaving together the tales of the Celtic Eros and his contemporary alter egos, Alexander McCall Smith unites dream and reality, leaving us to wonder: what is life, but the pursuit of our dreams?
"Angus is a god of dreams and love, and the Celtic mythology spun around his life and acts is cherished in both Ireland and Scotland. Clearly aware of the ramifications of taking sides, Page delivers his narration in a studiously neutral British voice. However, it is no surprise that the Scottish Smith, who currently writes two Edinburgh-based series, sets the five contemporary stories that parallel Angus's life in Scotland. For these sections, Page rolls out a hearty Scottish brogue and performs the characters in a lively fashion. Page is less successful with the narrative voice itself. The story is told from the perspective of Angus's mother, Boann, a water nymph. The peacefulness and sweetness of mother and son, combined with Page dropping his voice for the end of each sentence, might lull the listener into the dream state so favored by Angus. Nevertheless, this is one audio the entire family can listen to: it's perfect for a long winter evening by the fire with some hot cocoa. Simultaneous release with the Canongate hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 21)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The creator of the popular No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series offers a dramatic retelling of an ancient Celtic myth about Angus, the god of love, youth, and beauty and a trickster who turns one's romantic dreams upside down, that follows five young men named Angus who parallel the god's story as they search for true love and the meaning of family and belonging. Simultaneous.
Angus is one of the earliest Celtic deities and one of the most beloved. Son of the Dagda, the chief of the Celtic gods, and Boann, a water spirit, Angus is the god of love, youth, and beauty. He is a trickster and a romantic, a combination of Eros and Apollo. He is much loved by women and a breaker of hearts. He will reveal to you in a dream your true love, if asked, and if in the mood. Around his head there are four birds fluttering - each of which is a kiss. In Alexander McCall Smith's retelling, five different young men named Angus find themselves living the myths of Angus, from his search for the girl he loves to his discovery that the man who raised him is not his father. In the hands of one of the great storytellers living today, Dream Angus will charm and mesmerize listeners.
In Alexander McCall Smith's retelling, five different young men named Angus find themselves living the myths of the Celtic deity, Angus--from his search for the girl he loves to his discovery that the man who raised him is not his father. Unabridged. 3 CDs.