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One of the best-known collections of W. B. Yeats' prose, The Celtic Twilight explores the old connection between the Irish people and the magical world of fairies. Yeats, by traveling the land in the early 20th century and talking to the common people about their experiences with the creatures, yielded a colorful overview of Celtic fairy folklore.

Public Domain (P)2016 Jack Chekijian

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  • Jan
  • United States
  • 07-26-16

A compilation of Irish folklore in prose

From the personal notes of the great poet, this short volume highlights the tales told in the early twentieth century by the rural people of Ireland. This is not a genealogy of the Fae, but the sort of pleasant storytelling that people everywhere used to enjoy in the days before TV, mobile phones, and Pokeman Go.
Happily, the narration is not in a heavy brogue poorly understood by North American ears. Narrator Jack's performance does not distract from the work, but makes it more like the fireside listens that Yeates recounts.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Masterful and Magical

Would you listen to The Celtic Twilight again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to The Celtic Twilight again because the folktales of fairies, ghosts, witches, and giants are enchanting. These beliefs were so widespread and deep throughout Ireland that I began to believe that they were true. This collection by Yeats of tales from his native Ireland are lovingly retold. For a night of good yarns, listen to this book. These stories were told and passed down, so an audiobook read by Jack Chekijian with his Irish accent approximates how you may have heard the stories in Ireland. This book is a masterpiece. Buy and listen to it today!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Collection of Irish folk tales.

Collection of Irish folk tales rendered by a great poet. Delightful entertainment worth repeated listening.

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Great faery tales

Could listen to this over and over again.
Perhaps not great for children less than 13.