An Old Woman’s Reflections
The Life of a Blasket Island Storyteller (1939, tr 1962)
by Peig Sayers (1873-1958), tr. Séamus Ennis (1919-1982)
We picked this up (along with The Islandman and Twenty Years A-Growing) at the Blasket Island visitor center. They had an interesting presentation and the story of the islanders’ way of life appealed to me (to be clear: the story, not the way of life).
Peig Sayers was a story-teller and daughter of a story-teller on the Island. The stories in this book include personal reminiscence and traditional tales. They are interesting for their folksy tone, but with the organization of a seasoned teller of tales. I found the book very interesting.