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The Tain (from the Irish epic Táin Bó Cuailnge) #2020

The Tain from the Irish epic T in B Cuailnge The T in B Cuailnge centre piece of the eighth century Ulster cycle of heroic tales is Ireland s nearest approach to a great epic It tells the story of a great cattle raid the invasion of Ulster by

  • Title: The Tain (from the Irish epic Táin Bó Cuailnge)
  • Author: Anonymous Thomas Kinsella Louis Le Brocquy
  • ISBN: 9780192810908
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Tain (from the Irish epic Táin Bó Cuailnge) By Anonymous Thomas Kinsella Louis Le Brocquy, The T in B Cuailnge, centre piece of the eighth century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland s nearest approach to a great 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 C chulainn, theThe T in B Cuailnge, centre piece of the eighth century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland s nearest approach to a great 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 C chulainn, the Hound of Ulster, who resists the invaders single handed, while Ulster s warriors lie sick.Thomas Kinsella s 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 version, and adds a group of related stories which prepare for the action of the T in.Illustrated with brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy, this edition provides a combination of medieval epic and modern art.

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    1. When I learned that China Mieville had appropriated the title The Tain for one of his little apocalypto dystopic excursions back in 2002, my reaction was something like this BACK OFF, MIEVILLE, YOU PLUNDERING, PLAGIARIZING SASSENACH GIT THAT TITLE S ALREADY TAKEN.Because, as every cultured person knows, The Tain pronunciation Thoyne is the name given to the most important story in ancient Irish literature, the collection of tales also referred to as The Ulster Cycle , or The Cattle Raid of Coole [...]

    2. The Tain is epic In fact it is Epic at least as Epic as famous Epics, such as the Iliad In fact, the number of correspondences between the Cattle Raid of Cooley and the story of Achilles rage is remarkable It must be I just remarked it Wanna know what they are at least some of them, anyway Oi you at the back stop saying, No here we go Illiad Achilles only vulnerable on one heel.Tain CuChulain s foster brother only vulnerable to a gae bolga shoved where the sun doesn t shine The gae bolga is a m [...]

    3. The T in or An T in Irish , or complete as The Cattle Raid of Cooley T in B C ailnge Let me just say I have some questions about this translation, and about the original transcribers who than likely put their own spin on this story What s there are multiple modern translations that differ in transliteration and literary style and I d like to understand the differences All aside this is a tale that begins with a trivial quarrel of a queen and her lover which escalates to the point of all Irelan [...]

    4. The Tain, sortof a bizarro Irish epic like all the other Irish epics was one of my favorite works in college The definitive translation is by Kinsella 1969 , but there s this newish one by Ciaran Carson 2007 , which I ve finally gotten around to judging.Here s the spoiler free gist of the Tain the Irish king Ailill and his wife Medb argue in bed over who s richer, and on the spot they insist on having every item they each own brought to them so they can tally it up herds and all They find that A [...]

    5. When I came across an actual copy of this book during my visit to Chicago, I was almost afraid to buy it I had to buy it, of course it s not often I find real evidence of Celtic Studies works showing up in bookstores, and when I do find titles that fit the bill, I always buy them Bookstores need to be supported and congratulated for stocking things that are outside of the mainstream.I was afraid to read the book because I was convinced that Thomas Kinsella s translation, graced by Louis le Brocq [...]

    6. Imagine someone took you for a walk from the North to the South of the USA, from New England across the Mason Dixon line and onward to Georgia, all the while using cues from the landscape to narrate the Civil War The T in does this, guiding the reader through an interactive map where the story and the landscape are inseparable While undeniably a classic epic, the unity of place, narrative, and heritage gives The T in the feel of classic Indian epics, like the Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana, couching [...]

    7. I just read this book for the third time, and finished teaching it this morning I always kind of forget how very, very weird the Irish were We just spent 30 minutes in each section talking about sex, and then 20 on whether this is a credible source or not for the 1st century Cuchulainn kills people in the most interesting ways Anyway, I love this book it just is such a reminder that people think about the world differently Kinsella s translation is also interesting no notes marked in the text, b [...]

    8. Giving this stars seems kind of ridiculous But I will, anyway.It is a minor embarrassment that I had not read The T in until last week When my sister found out she made me, which is fair enough We are quite immersed in many of the stories surrounding the Ulster cycle during our education the young C chulainn, Medb and Ailill We are even told a vastly simplified version of the T in B C ailnge, mostly focusing on the two bulls and not the war going on around them.My first shock was how blood thirs [...]

    9. I haven t read much Irish mythology at all, so it was high time I got round to reading The T in It s an epic based around the feats of C Chulainn, as he defends the land of Ulster from the armies of Ailell and Medb It s here s one of my favourite words again hyperbolic and, well, it s an epic, what do you expect There s verse and one on one combats and ridiculous feats of arms involving throwing spears through boulders and so on I was actually surprised by how little I knew about The Tain I m su [...]

    10. It s fascinating to read texts like this, because it s ALMOST like reading about what militant secularists wish were the case a world with NO religion In this pre Christian epic, we see how people make meaning of their lives without their perspective being muddled by ideas about God, heaven, hell, right and wrong What would it be like Much to the chagrin of an atheist secularist anti Christian activist, life is hell ish without religion.Take sex Secularists say Christianity spoils sex for everyo [...]

    11. This is one of a set of pre Christian Irish epics, part of the Ulster Cycle, the events of which allegedly took place in the 1st century AD, the earliest written manuscripts dating from the 12th century AD Written mostly in prose, it nonetheless is similar in many ways to the Greek and Indian heroic epics, complete with hyperbolic language, magic, and many formulas characteristic of bardic oral traditions It is a most entertaining read, with humor, gore, implausibility, and wild exaggeration Whe [...]

    12. This is a really accessible translation of the main story from the Ulster Cycle of early Irish myths Except for the purposefully obscure roscata a feature of Celtic myth consisting of fragmented prose poetry , it is fairly easy to follow the action and sequence of events in this myth, which is important because sometimes the story depends on seemingly supernatural events or actions.The story itself does a good job of retaining traces of an oral storytelling tradition, like highly stylized descri [...]

    13. I didn t really care for this even though I wanted to I had heard it was the Irish legend to read The part I didn t like was pages and pages of names and places over and over again, it got to where I just skipped over the names and places I found it monotonous and boring The core of the story, the war on Ulster by Queen Maeb, the magic bulls and my favorite champion, Cuchulainn was good but could have been written better I m sure, at the time when this was an oral tradition, it was fantastic hea [...]

    14. The best epic story ever Sometimes it makes me sad to think that The T in is not as known as Homer s Iliad and The Odyssey Even if this is a medieval text, it doesn t look so there are no priests, no church , no knights in shining armour, no chrisitan strict rules in the hole narrative So it doesn t matter if you don t like medieval history you re going to like this story the same way

    15. To keep it short and sweet this is a must read for anyone interested in Irish history and culture, Celtic Heathenry, Odinism, mythology or general Celtic studies One of the most essential texts for learning about any of these things but besides that the saga of Cuchulainn is a great entertaining story too.

    16. On ne peut manquer d tre mu quand on pense que ce texte nous viens de si loin, mais quelle violence Elle est un degr qui m a fait penser l Illiade ou certains passages des m tamorphoses d Ovide.

    17. Aesthetically it bears resemblance to the Greek Latin epic than the traditional Northern European heroic saga, displaying mythological elements far muted in the sagas of the Icelanders, etc In terms of form, the most immediate comparison might be to Egil s Saga like Egla, The Tain is populated by poets, and lengthier dialogue is generally in the form of verse The verse is stark, at least when judged against the ornamented forms of the period Kinsella s translation is generally unremarkable, a [...]

    18. I may be stirring a hornet s nest here, but I prefered this to the Kinsella Been a while since I read his translation though.Thought this flowed very well.My only gripe was that there weren t enough notes There were a fair few times that I got a ref to some other tale and was surprised that it didn t have an explanation in the notes This doesn t spoil the tale, but if you ve not read, or heard, other old tales you may miss out on some of the depth that wee hints imply For instance the battle bet [...]

    19. This curious tale is one of the oldest and longest ancient Irish tales It recounts the exploits of Irish hero Cu Chulainn as he repels an army come to steal the Ulstermen s prize bull, the Dun Cuailnge I m pretty sure it is the most violent piece of literature I ve read, and I ve read Blood Meridian Heads are lost, men are cut in twain, and a few are speared through their rear portal And those are the most normal ways people die The story freely takes in the hyperbolically heroic, to the extend [...]

    20. I am glad I read this book I believe this translation Kinsella to be excellent the notes were helpful and unlike the other modern translation which puts the backstory in footnotes , this version begins with each of the tales that comprise the backstory of the epic.Now as to the merits of the work It is the major Irish epic about a cattle raid If I could sum it up in one word, it is weird and gory, with some low humor I think it was meant as such and a number of inconsistencies due to the state o [...]

    21. Lookit, I think it is fairly ridiculous to give this book stars since it has long surpassed ratings or the need of reviews, the tale speaks and exists by itself and on its own terms If you are not already familiar with the events of the greatest Irish epic that we know of, then I would advise you to get your hands on it The only elements of the story that readers would fine discouraging would be the excessive lists of place names and ancestors of people This is a common trope of Irish myth as th [...]

    22. Magnificent I ve meant to read this for years and I m so glad I finally did, so now I can look forward to rereading it It s hilarious and bloody and epic of course , as chaotic in form and style as it is in content There are all sorts of ways to belabor the similarities to other national epics and myths, and just as many ways I m certainly lacking the context to see everything, but it s just a great read overall As many reviewers note, there are a number of points at which the text gives over to [...]

    23. Not a bad translation, all told, but not very easy reading, especailly when you get to the points where all they do is list everyone who just got their asses handed them by Cu Chulainn, but I m sure that s how the Gaelic version went too I would have liked it better if Carson had included all the little pre stories, rather then just adding the pertinent ones as footnotes But all an all, a great translation of this epic story.

    24. This is the Irish Iliad Cuchulainn defends Ulster against everyone Single handed It s a great story, but if it has a flaw, it s that it gets a little repetetive when Cuchulainn is fighting against the succession of heroes That shouldn t detract too much battle scenes in the Iliad and the Morte Darthur aren t terribly interesting either.

    25. Fascinating look into the lives of the Celts in Ireland But repetitive You have to have an appreciation for the layered meanings for the places and the characters to enjoy or understand it at all Still, for an early account of how life was experienced and perceived in early Celtic Ireland, there is no better primary source account.

    26. Translated by Thomas Kinsella.Really great story here I actually enjoyed Before the Tain, about the first 40 pages or so of the book, than the actual Tain The second half of the book gets pretty repetitive There was this guy then he died Then this other guy then he died Then another guy then he died That happens like 10 times.Cuchulainn is pretty awesome.

    27. Another read for my British literature class I really enjoyed reading this part of early Irish literature folklore The translation was easy to understand and made it a quick read If you enjoy early literature, I suggest putting this one on your TBR pile.

    28. If you cast Odysseus, Paul Bunyan and Rambo in a Tarantino movie set in prehistoric Ireland, you ll have a decent approximation of what it s like to read about the prodigiously hyperviolent exploits of C Chulainn It s great.

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