Sunday, July 22, 2012
Tales Of The Seal People by Duncan Wiliamson
Author: Duncan Williamson
A collection of Scottish folk tales featuring silkies, the seal people who can take human shape.
It is really hard to give a full summary on such amazing stories based on selkies. This book really dives into the classic Irish/Scottish legend of the selkie creature, or the seal people. What I really love about this book is that each story has a selkie character, yet they are very different from one another and are remarkable and memorable. They aren't just a bunch of selkie stories; they have meaning to them. What I also love is that these stories aren't all happy endings, which makes them more realistic and true. They were written to be based off of the lives of crofters and people who depended on the sea for a living, and each tale has a moral or virtue to share at the end of it. Sometimes, a bad character will get what's deserved and sometimes a good character might loose someone after helping one of the seal folk. All the story endings are different, and the outcomes are unpredictable, which makes it more exciting. The only problem people might have with this book is that a majority of these stories were passed down through oral tradition, which means they were spoken stories that were passed down instead of written on paper, so the language can be a bit fuzzy and confusing. This book is really a treasure to anyone who loves folk tales, mythology or selkies! I give this book (*****) 5 stars.
-Sirenita The Selkie