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The Táin: From the Irish epic Táin Bó Cuailnge 1 , Format Kindle


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The Táin Bó Cuailnge, centre-piece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland's greatest epic. It tells the story of a great cattle-raid, the invasion of Ulster by the armies of Medb and Ailill, queen and king of Connacht, and their allies, seeking to carry off the great Brown Bull of Cuailnge. The hero of the tale is Cuchulainn, the Hound of Ulster, who resists the invaders single-handed while Ulster's warriors lie sick.

Thomas Kinsella presents a complete and living version of the story. His translation is based on the partial texts in two medieval manuscripts, with elements from other versions, and adds a group of related stories which prepare for the action of the Táin.

Illustrated with brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy, this edition provides a combination of medieval epic and modern art.

Biographie de l'auteur

Thomas Kinsella is a poet and translator. Among his publications are Blood and Family and From Centre City.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 221 pages
  • Editeur : OUP Oxford; Édition : 1 (26 septembre 2002)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great old classic, from Ireland 17 mai 2014
Par Patricia Anne Cousino - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I read this classic many years ago in a class of Irish Literature at the University of Michigan. Since I was holding a class on Ancient Epic Literature, I decided to try to read this book with my students. It fit right in with other epic literature that we had read; The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, Beowulf. You get a chance to see an ancient culture in Ireland and what they valued and how they thought, and the heroes that they emulated. The names are somewhat difficult to pronounce, but other than that, it was a great translation and a unique coming together of some of the old stories of Ireland.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Uncommon traits in female characters 2 mai 2012
Par Closeted Bookworm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The old story features some surprising themes especially with regard to sexism and gender issues. The young queen, daughter of the high king of Ireland, "Madb" has agency, liberty and power unknown in the post Christian collections of classical literature. Those interested in women's perspectives and avoiding the usual stereotypical roles as applied to a younger and transitioning Ireland, would find this work inspiring and enjoyable.
While the over the top battle scenes seem to go on and on and on and on, Madb's appearances throughout the text make this a worthwhile read. Her discussions and approaches to love, marriage, sexual liberties, politics, property rights, unpreventable reproductive cycles during battle, despite the zealous efforts of a young patriarchy speak volumes regarding where we are, where we've been and where we want to go. I have yet to see such attention to the female voice, agency and autonomy in other classical characters. Make no mistake, the paternalistic players, not yet established as the favored group, demonstrate a perniciousness in their competition and effort to shift the formerly fair distribution of power.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The men of Ulster are risen from their pangs. 5 août 2002
Par Marc Ruby™ - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is the story of a 'tain' or cattle raid perpetrated on Ulster by Ailill and Medb, king and queen of Connacht, along with their allies from all parts of Ireland. It is arguably the earliest surviving epic of Ireland's pre-Christian heritage. The centerpiece of the story is the great feat of 17 year old Cuchulain, who single handedly halts the massed armies intent on seizing the brown bull of Cuailnge (and a tidy portion of the wealth of Ulster as well.
Due to a curse, the men of Ulster are doomed to suffer severe bouts of pain whenever they are faced with great difficulties. So, as Ailill and Medb approach Ulster, only Cuchulain can stand and fight. The 'Tain' and its peripheral tales are the story of Ulster's defense, first by Cuchulain, and finally by the massed men of Ulster, risen from their pangs. Poet Thomas Kinsella's telling of this story starts with the early history of Ulster and then introduces Cuchulain, who will be the hero of many of Ulster's legends.
This is a remarkable effort from a literary standpoint. Whether by Kinsella's art or the nature of the original language of the text, the "Tain bo Cuailnge" is one of the most accessible of the old epics. The language lacks the overblown pretensions of many translations, remaining clear and understandable whether it is prose or verse. Kinsella himself states that this is a translation, not a retelling, but the introduction leaves some doubt about the precise meaning of 'translation.' In any case, Kinsella's efforts have made the story come to life, bringing home beautifully both the glory and tragedy of a conflict that must have decimated the fighting men of an entire country.
The Irish of the "Tain's" writing loved making lists. Lists of heroes, lists of weapons, and lists of places abound. Indeed, every time Cuchulain lists a weapon or moves about, a place in Ulster receives its name. It is as if one of the purposes of this epic is to turn landscape into living literature.
Another purpose, more subtle and controversial is the defining or redefining of the place of women in Irish society. Coming into the "Tain" the key female roles - Medb and Morrigan are not queens or goddesses, but ruler's in their own right. But the blame for the defeat of the Connacht armies is laid clearly in Medb's head. At the end Fergus, an exile form Ulster remarks "It is the usual thing for a herd let by a mare to be strayed and destroyed." This is a conflict that will play out repeatedly in Irish history.
One of the more delightful features of this edition is the brush drawings provided by Louis le Brocquy. Brocquy's style recalls both cave paintings and Greek ceramic decoration. Gradually, it wins the reader over. His rendition of the final massing of the armies is simply stunning. Significant credit must go to Kinsella himself, who has found a way to make ancient prosody appeal to modern ears.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Kindle version problem 24 février 2014
Par J. Brooks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I gave this book 4 stars for the content, but I'm writing this review mostly to let people know about a technical issue with the Kindle version. On some pages the text is far to the left and it gets partially cut off by the margins. There doesn't seem to be any way to fix it. I tried changing font, font size, and margin size, but to no avail. It's not enough to completely ruin the book since it occurs on a limited number of pages, but it's still really annoying.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Awesome Epic 18 mars 2013
Par Nickolas Morgaan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is the epic story of the the Tain Bo Cuailnge or the Battle of Cooley. Featuring Cuchalain, there is so much history and metaphor in this book. I used it for a few reading assignments and absolutely loved the whole thing. Buying used was no problem either because the book was in great condition.
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