Re-telling of folk tales from the Far-East, from lands far far away, full of kings and queens, princes and princesses, good people and bad people, lazybones, simpletons, drunks, beggars, soldiers, spirits, angels and even the devil himself.
Readers young and old will enjoy this rollicking collection of short tales.
Billed as suitable for adult learners of Irish or teenager readers, Micheál Ó Conghaile’s collection of folk stories from the Far East,An Diabhal ar an Ól, will also appeal to anyone who reads the language competently, not least because of the striking cover and clear, readable font. In what are described as retellings, Ó Conghaile presents many of the stories in an Irish context – and those familiar with Ireland’s folklore, be it in Irish or English, will recognise instantly the parish priest, schoolmaster and county councillor in the story Cuairteoirí (Visitors). Some of the characters keep their eastern titles, but, even then, the goings-on of kings, princes and paupers are not unfamiliar. The title story –The Devil on the Drink – is one of the longer pieces and contains a little morality message for those who would seek to cheat death. Needless to say, the chancer who makes a deal with the devil gets not exactly what he wants but exactly what he deserves. Yes, it is a bad day all around when you learn a life lesson from Lucifer.