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by James Stephens

The Crock Of Gold (1912) epub ebook

Author: James Stephens
Category: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)
Pages: 324 pages
ISBN: 1164068067
ISBN13: 978-1164068068
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 299
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The Crock of Gold is a comic novel written by Irish author James Stephens, first published in 1912

The Crock of Gold is a comic novel written by Irish author James Stephens, first published in 1912.

The Crock of Gold book. Published September 27th 2006 by Echo Library (first published 1912). The Crock of Gold contains 6 books: Book 1 – The Coming of Pan, Book 2 – The Philosophers Journey, Book 3 – The Two Gods, Book 4 – The Philosophers Return, Book 5 – The Policemen, and Book 6 – The Thin Woman's Journey. All rotate around the Truly unique, it is a mixture of philosophy, Irish folklore and the battle of the sexes all with charm, humour and good grace.

ark:/13960/t0sq8xj6f. First time read it about 20 yrs ago. In an era without internet a surprising "discovery' of Ireland. Of true Celtic tradition. And funny and entertaining.

Other author's books: The Crock of Gold.

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Other articles where The Crock of Gold is discussed: James Stephens: It was his next book, The Crock of Gold (1912), with its rich Celtic theme, that established his fame.

This kindle ebook by James Stephens is the an Irish fable The Crock of Gold. Amazingly humorous, insightful and clever this is the best free kindle book in the Fantasy genre. The story begins with two philosophers who are married to two women (spitefully). The wise advice of the philosopher earns him the enmity of Leprechauns, when the crock of gold is stolen. Satiric and yet generally light you will love this inventive book. Many very modern challenges to the human spirit are presented extremely well, The old thief's tale is poignant and sad.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Crock of Gold, by James Stephens. Title: The Crock of Gold. Author: James Stephens. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at ww. utenberg. Release Date: November 20, 2009 Last Updated: November 19, 2016.

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The Crock of Gold - James Stephens.

A truly unique novel, The Crock of Gold is a mixture of philosophy, Irish folklore and the neverending battle of the sexes, written with charm, humour and good grace. It achieved enduring popularity, and was frequently reprinted throughout the author's lifetime. The Crock of Gold - James Stephens.

Last updated Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 14:21. To the best of our knowledge, the text of this work is in the Public Domain in Australia. eBooksaide The University of Adelaide Library University of Adelaide South Australia 5005.

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Reviews (7)
Jozrone
This kindle ebook by James Stephens is the an Irish fable The Crock of Gold. Amazingly humorous, insightful and clever this is the best free kindle book in the Fantasy genre. The story begins with two philosophers who are married to two women (spitefully). The wise advice of the philosopher earns him the enmity of Leprechauns, when the crock of gold is stolen. Satiric and yet generally light you will love this inventive book.

Many very modern challenges to the human spirit are presented extremely well, The old thief's tale is poignant and sad.

Some analysis of the deeper meanings in this book are in short, a distaste for the modern era; modern ennui and angst; the limits of philosophy; an indictment of justice systems; and attacks on the loss of the Irish heritage to western fables; the value of beauty and art; the meaning of wisdom; the nature of man and woman; and the meaning of love.

Finally, you don't have to be Irish to love this story.

Spoiler but still great writing....

"In due process of time two children were born of these marriages. They were born on the same day and in the same hour, and they were only different in this, that one of them was a boy and the other one was a girl. Nobody was able to tell how this had happened, and, for the first time in their lives, the Philosophers were forced to admire an event which they had been unable to prognosticate; but having proved by many different methods that the children were really children, that what must be must be, that a fact cannot be controverted, and that what has happened once may happen twice, they described the occurrence as extraordinary but not unnatural, and submitted peacefully to a Providence even wiser than they were.

The Philosopher who had the boy was very pleased because, he said, there were too many women in the world, and the Philosopher who had the girl was very pleased also because, he said, you cannot have too much of a good thing: the Grey Woman and the Thin Woman, however, were not in the least softened by maternity-they said that they had not bargained for it, that the children were gotten under false presences, that they were respectable married women, and that, as a protest against their wrongs, they would not cook any more food for the Philosophers. This was pleasant news for their husbands, who disliked the women's cooking very much, but they did not say so, for the women would certainly have insisted on their rights to cook had they imagined their husbands disliked the results: therefore, the Philosophers besought their wives every day to cook one of their lovely dinners again, and this the women always refused to do.

They all lived together in a small house in the very centre of a dark pine wood. Into this place the sun never shone because the shade was too deep, and no wind ever came there either, because the boughs were too thick, so that it was the most solitary and quiet place in the world, and the Philosophers were able to hear each other thinking all day long, or making speeches to each other, and these were the pleasantest sounds they knew of. To them there were only two kinds of sounds anywhere--these were conversation and noise: they liked the first very much indeed, but they spoke of the second with stern disapproval, and, even when it was made by a bird, a breeze, or a shower of rain, they grew angry and demanded that it should be abolished. Their wives seldom spoke at all and yet they were never silent: they communicated with each other by a kind of physical telegraphy which they had learned among the Shee-they cracked their finger-joints quickly or slowly and so were able to communicate with each other over immense distances, for by dint of long practice they could make great explosive sounds which were nearly like thunder, and gentler sounds like the tapping of grey ashes on a hearthstone. The Thin Woman hated her own child, but she loved the Grey Woman's baby, and the Grey Woman loved the Thin Woman's infant but could not abide her own. A compromise may put an end to the most perplexing of situations, and, consequently, the two women swapped children, and at once became the most tender and amiable mothers imaginable, and the families were able to live together in a more perfect amity than could be found anywhere else."

Goodman
My mother, children's book author/illustrator Clare T. Newberry, always told me that fairy tales are the medium through which each generation passes their greatest wisdom to the next generations.

THE CROCK OF GOLD is the most profound fairy tale--definitely up there with the Narnia series and George MacDonald--only James Stephens also writes with brilliance and wit about the relationships between men and women, about sexuality and mysticism,and about politics.

James Joyce, his close friend, stated that in the event of his own death he wished James Stephens to complete any book he had not finished.

Worla
C.S. Lewis loved this book, it was his all-time favorite. He would judge new people he met on whether or not they liked this book. While there were some aspects that were entertaining, and a few that were inspirational, there were a lot of things I just could not appreciate. I did like the relationships in the beginning between the husbands and their wives; it was comical. But the gods like Pan I could only find creepy, which is sad, because I guess that means C.S. Lewis would think I have poor taste.

Eigeni
This is the best book by the best writer. James Stephens was picked by James Joyce to complete "Finnegan's Wake" should he, James, perish before completion. This is better on gender than the words of any contemporary social scientist. Love this book.

Brajind
This book is hard to describe. It is a chaotic fairie tale. I hardly know what to make of it, but it was so fun. I haven't read anything like it. Plenty to ponder and laugh about.

Danrad
I picked up The Crock of Gold to read on a whim, and little did I know what I was getting into. I've not read a novel this wonderful in years. I guarantee it's one I'm going to return to over and over, just to revel in its magic.

The plot is loose and whimsical. I don't really know how to describe it. Many strange things happen. A philosopher sparks a crisis when he inadvertently gives away the position of the leprechauns' gold. A young woman is seduced away from home by the god Pan, and the Celtic gods must be sought out to save her. Leprechauns' frame a murder and call in the (non-magical) police. Several people fall in love. Yep, there are fairies and kidnappings and journeys and parables, and none of it is logical, but it all manages to make sense anyway.

The main thing, though, is just that this is such a beautiful book. I read a lot, but nowhere, nowhere have I read prose this beautiful. There is something very edenic about the novel, some sense that Stephens is tapping into an original knowledge of beauty that we all share. The philosopher's journey from knowing about life toward knowing how to live is particularly meaningful. The ending, though abrupt, is startling.

I can't recommend this book too highly.

Kirinaya
If you revel in pagan dementia, and are in for a solid laugh, James Stephens's Crock of Gold will have you rolling. The words are poetry. The thoughts are strangely intellectual. The characters are truly from another dimension. A masterpiece like no other. Long live the Philosopher and his musings...
"So saying, he returned his eyes to his nose, and his mind to his maxim, and lapsed to a profound reflection wherein nothing sat perched on insubstantiality, and the Spirit of Artifice goggled at the puzzle."
Try that one at home!

James Stephens always thought of himself as a poet and so he was, but the poetical form eluded him and he was at his best writing poetical prose. He was at his best when he wrote the Crock of Gold. I have read this many times and will reread it many more times before I die.It is a poetical symphony.

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