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Book Description Leinster Leader. Paperback. Condition: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, http://www.draiochtweb.com/bookimages/15328.main.jpg, 150 pages. In Phelim O'Toole's Courtship Carleton re-creates and recaptures for us the rich and varied life of the Ireland he knew as a child and which vanished with the famine. In Phelim one finds the ideal traditional folk hero, his parents5 pride and product of his upbringing. Untrammelled by social convention of an urban sense of values he is a creature as free and as audacious as Gil Bias for whom deception and intrigue are the indispensable conditions of a life lived to the full. The tale, amid all the gaiety and vivacity of incident, testifies to a way of living as irresponsible as that set forth by Maria Edgeworth in Castle Rack rent, at the other end of the social scale. But the manner of Carleton5s recreation of it, his blending of folk-tale, fantasy and personal reminiscence into an incomparable tale make it possible for one to feel nostalgia for a world one never knew.The Three Tasks, as Professor Harmon tells us in his introduction, derives more directly from the oral tradition, from a Tyrone fairytale which in turn belongs to the international folktale.In An Essay on Irish Swearing the tone sharpens and deepens to a caustic satire on the writers of the Blackwoods school who professed to find Paddy a compound of wit and murder, too innocent in his violence to deserve'full moral censure. Seller Inventory # 15328