The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore, W.B. Yeats

Well hello there!

First things first: I read this book on an app. Next things second: this is not a sponsored post. I wish! I read The Celtic Twilight as a series of issues through the Serial Reader app; basically, the app breaks up public-domain literature into ‘issues’ that are delivered to you daily at your preferred time, and none of the issues should take you more than twenty minutes to read. There’s a free version and a paid version: I shelled out for the paid version so that I could have multiple books on the go, and so that I could read ahead to the next issue if I felt like it.

Now: the book.

Why did I choose this book, you ask? I have no idea. I was scrolling though the app looking for something that looked interesting but was (preferably) under thirty issues, and I like Yeats’ work anyway so when I saw this I decided I may as well give it a go.

I’m really glad I did! Exactly as the title suggests, it’s a series of tales/recollections, putting down on ‘paper’ faerie tales and folklore from around Ireland, and it’s a brilliant read. While the tales don’t match the ‘issues’, the mismatch doesn’t make a blind but of difference to enjoyment of the book and I found myself reading ahead quite frequently with this one. I have been doing a fair amount of travel lately, and as you can download issues in advance this is a great app for commuting or traveling. This is the fifth or sixth book/novella/short story I think I’ve read on Serial Reader, and I’m more and more a fan of it.

Yeats is a brilliant, eloquent writer, as you would expect of someone of his renown. The subject matter was at times whimsical, at times philosophical, at times frightening and always perfectly written and timed. If you feel like dipping a toe into folklore and faerie tales, or Celtic legend this would be a really good place to start as there’s nothing about the length or writing style that would preclude any reader from enjoying this.

Now, if you don’t have or don’t want the Serial Reader app, then the book is also available here (and yes, I use affiliate codes though I am not affiliated with Serial Reader, unfortunately). The image I’ve used in this post is a screenshot of the app after I finished the book, but clicking on it will take you through to the paperback available on BD.

Definitely worth a read, folks!

 

Image credit: my screenshot of the Serial Reader app, featuring The Celtic Twilight.



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