Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Friday, June 24, 2011

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Every week Parajunkee proposes an interesting question-here is this weeks question

Q. In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?

This is a question I am well prepared by my reading of short stories based on Irish fairy stories during Irish Short Story Week I.

 Much of the history and pain of the common Irish country people is wonderfully shown in "The Child Who Was Stolen by Fairies" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The story is short and beautifully told and you can read it if you want in just a few minutes so I will not say much of the plot.   The story is very Gothic, very atmospheric and very scary.    A mysterious carriage, more beautiful than anyone has ever seen,  is passing through the village.   When young Billie comes out to see it, a beautiful women beckons him into the carriage with an apple.    As the children look into the carriage the shadows a horribly ugly woman with face that would scare the devil sitting next to the beautiful woman.   Billy gets in the carriage.   His mother is driven to great despair as she fears Billie is lost forever.     Once and a while he seems to appear at the door to her hut, her other children say they have seen him briefly in the village.    Then he disappears for years.   One day the mother returns and sees him in her house for sure.   He is dressed in the worst rags,  is filthy dirty, and looks starved.   As the mother rushes to him, he disappears  never to be seen again.    I think this story is in part about how parents tried to cope with the starvation of their children in the great Irish famines of the 19th century in which millions died.    

Mel u


Cory K said...

Great choice! There are so many stories to choose from; this was quite the difficult question for me. I'd love if you checked out what I picked for this FF :D

Btw, LOVE THE BLOG... I quickly became a NEW follower.

Looking forward to hearing back from you,
Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads

@parridhlantern said...

Not a single tale but a book load from a great writer - Italian Folk Tales by Italo Calvino.

@parridhlantern said...

Not a single tale but a book load from a great writer Italian Folk Tales by Italo Calvino.
Ps. Am giving a book away as part of a bloghop, all invited.

ds said...

Excellent choice, mel. No one knows their faery folk like the Irish. Suspect your analysis is right on the mark.

Song said...

*shudders* These are the truly fae stories. I'm fascinated by them and terrified too!...I've mentioned something along similar lines.

Your idea that these kind of stories were inspired by Irish suffering sounds interesting. I don't know much about Irish history...except that all thing fae sort of originated from around there...

test said...

i'm realizing that i'm not a huge fae story reader. wow, your recommendation seems scary!

Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. I've never heard of the Le Fanu book. It sounds very interesting.
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