These stories that Yeats collected are as deeply moving as his poetry. You have the feeling that this collection is a part of the deep well that Yeats' created his earlier 'Celtic Twilight' poetry from. These stories are faery tales, but there is an element of realism to them for, as you read, you doubt not the truth of the tales, and immediately want to escape to Ireland and dance on the hills with the fey folk. Read this in the winter by the fire with a copy of Yeats' early poetry and prepare for a twilight wandering amongst shadowy woods, quiet country roads and green green hills. This is one of those books which you hold up to your heart upon completion, and sigh deeply from the experience of reading it - more of a journey than the act of turning pages and interpreting words...
This is an excellent collection. All sorts of creatures and strange happenings are described, and a good number of the stories are told in the dialect of the person who the story was gotten from (Yeats & his friends traveled around Ireland collecting stories from the people they met - recording the oral traditions, if you will.)
Yeats' Sammlung der ländlichen Elfengeschichten ist phantasievolle Unterhaltung pur, dramatisch und gruselig, aber auch herzerwärmend humorvoll sind die Geschichten genau das richtige für lange Winterabende. Dass Yeats die Dialoge im ländlichen Dialekt wiedergibt ist ein zusätzliches Stimmungs-plus
This book contains many stories from Irish (Gaelic) folklore and tales which have been translated into English. A little bit dry to follow in one go, but enjoyable when picked up occasionally and a new story read.