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Posted July 9, 2012
This is my number one "desert island book." Lady Gregory learned to speak Irish, then visited and got to know native Irish people in her area. She didn't attempt to analyze, popularlize or explain the stories and information people told her--she simply wrote it down as faithfully as she could. The result is fascinating and informative--although it's also sometimes very sad. Great, great book! And (dare I say it) better than Yeats, who she sometimes took with her on her visits. Yeats is poetic, but Lady Gregory, I feel, gives you a better idea of the feelings and beliefs of the people.
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