**The King of Ireland's Son
An Irish Folk Tale
by Padraic Colum
Reviewed November 21, 2002.
Floris Classics, Edinburgh, 2000. Originally published in 1916.
On the recommendation of Chinaberry.com, I decided to use this book
as a read-aloud. I don’t really think I’d recommend it to others
for that purpose, but it is a fun fairy tale. As a story, we found
it very strange, rambling and going off onto tangents and introducing characters
seemingly at random.
For example, in the middle of the last chapter, he says: “I
was there, and I heard the whole story. But I got no present save
shoes of paper and stockings of butter-milk and these a herdsman stole
from me as I crossed the mountains.” We hear no more about the narrator
before or after. Very strange!
However, it is a fun fairy tale, if a bit of a rambling one.
It has the flavor of a heroic saga combined with traditional fairy tale.
A nice diversion from modern books.
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