An Old Woman's Reflections: The Life of a Blasket Island Storyteller

An Old Woman's Reflections: The Life of a Blasket Island Storyteller

Peig Sayers / Feb 20, 2020

An Old Woman s Reflections The Life of a Blasket Island Storyteller Peig Sayers the Queen of Gaelic story tellers spent the greater part of her long life on the Great Blasket Island She was a natural orator and students and scholars of the Irish language came from

  • Title: An Old Woman's Reflections: The Life of a Blasket Island Storyteller
  • Author: Peig Sayers
  • ISBN: 9780192812391
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • Peig Sayers, the Queen of Gaelic story tellers , spent the greater part of her long life on the Great Blasket Island She was a natural orator, and students and scholars of the Irish language came from far and wide to visit her In this book, as an old lady, she muses and reflects on the days of her youth, recounting tales which evoke characters and an era now dead, and cPeig Sayers, the Queen of Gaelic story tellers , spent the greater part of her long life on the Great Blasket Island She was a natural orator, and students and scholars of the Irish language came from far and wide to visit her In this book, as an old lady, she muses and reflects on the days of her youth, recounting tales which evoke characters and an era now dead, and capture the superstitions and hard life of her beloved island.

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        Seancha agus d rbheathaisn is ireannach ab ea Peig Sayers 1873 1958.Th inig Peig Sayers ar an saol i nD n Chaoin, baile beag i gContae Chiarra , ire Ph s s P draig Gaoith n n mBlascaod M r, agus d aistrigh s ansin leis N raibh l amh n scr obh aici, ach seancha den scoth ab ea Ba dual athar di , n nuair a bh s g, chluineadh s na m lte sc alta agus eachtra n insint ag a hathair agus ag d anamh airne in le fir an bhaile Dheachtaigh s a cuid sc alta do Sheosamh D laigh Choimisiun Bealoideasa Eireann T c il uirthi de bharr a d rbheathaisn ise, Peig B a mac, Miche l, a bhreac an sc al s os uaithi, agus foils odh an leabhar sa bhliain 1936 T an leabhar ar bharr a theanga ag gach duine a th g scr d Gaeilge na hArdteistim arachta.Bh Peig Sayers ina cona ar an oile n go dt an bhliain 1953, nuair a tr igeadh na Blascaoda ar fad Bhog s go dt ospid al an Daingin Fuair s b s ansin sa bhliain 1958, agus t s curtha i reilig Dh n Chaoin.


    443 Comments

    1. My view of the book is coloured by the fact that we had to read it in Irish in school, and many outdated terms as well as rural terms that were unfamiliar were used. A friend says her teacher told the class to read Peig in translation and then go through selected passages in Irish. This would have helped a lot. Peig was a girl from a simple household and when she was old enough to be sent out to work, her mother found a place for her as a servant - the pay was rubbish but it saved her family fee [...]


    2. I can't decide whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. 3.5 stars would have worked for me. Folklore tales from Peig Sayers to end my reading challenge. I enjoyed the stories but had to read at a slower pace to understand what was said. Language innit.There was a bit where two women started fighting and were so far from ladylike I was shook. Didn't think women behaved like that 'back in the day'. It was quite enjoyable, I just can't decide whether I liked it or it was boring. I like folklore and [...]


    3. This book is a series of stories and memories of an elderly woman who lived off the West coast of Ireland on the Blasket Islands. At one point there were 200 souls living in isolated conditions - fishing and sheep grazing. In the mid 1950s, with a declining population and way of life, the islands were officially abandoned as a region of permanent residence.The unique way of small isolated village living is captured by the author Peig Sayers. It was a society where story telling necessarily was v [...]


    4. When you read a work from a master oral storyteller who is attempting a different medium of communication for a first time, and that work also happens to be in translation, it can be a little difficult to be thrown into the book full force. This was the case with An Old Woman's Reflections for me, at least at first. It also didn't help that, like O'Cronan'sThe Islandman, An Old Woman's Reflections details a lifestyle so singularly foreign that it can initially seem overwhelming. My experience re [...]


    5. Past Irish culture was male dominated in many ways, like story telling, pub life and rebellion, but the women kept the family and home together. This woman was among the first and surely most famous female story-teller leading others to follow in this important skill of preserving culture, passing it on and cultivating language forms to captivate audiences. This wasn't just entertainment but the reliving of heritage and passing it along to others to carry it forward.



    6. As a novelist who sometimes writes historical fiction, I've found the memoirs of everyday people the most useful in learning the small but essential details of daily life way back when. By that I mean the memoirs produced by local history associations or university presses, not the "narrative non-fiction" blockbusters of today like Eat, Pray, Love or Running With Scissors. As a descendant of the Irish diaspora circa 1832, I'm especially interested in memoirs which can tell me what life was like [...]


    7. I picked this book up this summer while we were in Dingle. I wanted to go to the Blasket Islands, but it was too foggy and rainy. I had expected a book along the lines of Alice Taylor's autobiographies, or like Frank McCourt's books. It was a big disappointment to me. The book is subtitled her life in the Blasket Islands. The 200 page book is set in Dingle, only the last 50 pages are in the Islands. She spends 150 pages on her first 18 years, and jams the rest of her long life in the last 50 pag [...]


    8. A good book for capturing the spirit and vibe of early 20th Century live on the Blaskets and coastal regions of Ireland. If there is any deficiency it a very "old person telling stories" feel about personal rembrances without context, no dates, etc. no coherence or order to the recollections. Still, this works pretty well as a tribute to a ghost: the half-remembered past of a gone, Gaelic culture.



    9. I learned from this book that my life is not so bad. I also learned that stories can come from the most mundane events in life.


    10. Found the old style grammar and oral history feel engrossing. Reminded me a lot of The Islander. Well worth the time.


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