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He prophecy went and as the boy Cuchulain heard it he went forward to claim the weapons of his manhood This is the story of how he became the greatest of heroes the Hound of Ulste. Something did not ring true about this one For a start the language felt stilted it included an unfortunate couple of twases and tweres The anglicisation of names seemed uite odd at times alsoIn Sutcliff s other Irish stories about Finn MacCool the episodic nature of the originals is acceptable for some reason but here it feels like too strict an adherence to the source material has got in the way of a good storyAlso the deep weirdness of the war spasm is not gone into enough The bloody nature of the combat could have been emphasised Worth reading but flawed I kept reading a bit at a time putting it down and telling myself I should finish it

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The Hound of Ulster

This saga of the Irish Celts is re told by Rosemary Sutcliff with a magical weaving together of passion and poetry The boy who takes up the spear and shield of Manhood on this day. Prolific English children s author Rosemary Sutcliff perhaps best known for her novels set in Roman Britain here retells the life story of C Chulainn one the greatest figures of Irish myth and folklore The son of Dectera Deichtire here a half fairy woman the boy Setanta is sent to be raised by his kinsman Conor Mac Nessa and gains his true name C Chulainn the Hound of Cullan through an act of boyhood bravery in which he slays a fearsome dog The narrative follows him through his wooing of Emer his youthful training with the woman warrior Skatha Sc thach and his many battles and heroic deeds The book climaxes with the great war between Ulster and Connacht in which C Chulainn the champion of Ulster kills his own son Connla before realizing who he is The story concludes with the death of the hero at the hands of the three Witch Daughters of CalatinAlthough uite familiar with the character of C Chulainn who is the hero of the ancient Irish epic The T in B C ailnge The Cattle Raid of Cooley which has been described as the Irish Iliad and which chronicles the events of the ancient war between Connacht and Ulster I had never read anything that took all of the stories about him and tied them together into one narrative of his life I was therefore pleased when Sutcliff s The Hound of Ulster was assigned as a text in the course I took on the history of children s literature while getting my masters particularly as I had already read and greatly enjoyed her historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth I found this telling immensely engaging and was interested to see Sutcliff s take on this famous tale I do wish that she had discussed her specific sources in her too brief foreword but leaving aside that criticism this is one I would highly recommend to any middle grade reader or older reader of middle grade books who enjoys fantasy andor mythology

CHARACTERS The Hound of Ulster

Will become the most renowned of all the warriors of Ireland men will follow at his call to the world's end and his enemies will shudder at the thunder of his chariot wheels So t. Growing up you are surrounded by the myths and legends of the country Cuchulain happened to be one of my favourites so finding myself completely bored by this was disappointing There felt no life in the stories no heart These tales were originally oral And I would suggest that maybe they need to remain so in order to get the true beauty of the saga But that said what is literature if it can t make a story epic The Hound of Ulster just felt like a vague recount of a legend with no passion for story at all


10 thoughts on “The Hound of Ulster

  1. says:

    Prolific English children's author Rosemary Sutcliff perhaps best known for her novels set in Roman Britain here retells the life story of Cú Chulainn one the greatest figures of Irish myth and folklore The son of Dectera Deichtire here a half fairy woman the boy Setanta is sent to be raised by his kinsman Conor Mac Nessa and gains his true name Cú Chulainn the Hound of Cullan through an act of boyhood bravery in whic

  2. says:

    Irish violent heroic pagan and in general reminiscent of Beowulf knights and stories of honor and revengeAbout hal

  3. says:

    Reading Sutcliff's forward is I think necessary for a full adult understanding of the tale she's retelling Cuchulain was my favorite of the Irish hero legendsfairy stories as a child and in the intervening time I really haven't read anything about them So rediscovering the story so well written was fascinating Not to put too fine

  4. says:

    This is a retelling of the Irish legend of Cuchulain the Hound of Ulster It is well told but here Sutcliff is following the original stories as they were without embellishing or expanding I found it arid than her other books

  5. says:

    I think it’s worth bearing in mind that this book reads very much like a retelling and not like a historical fiction novel As such I’m perhaps a little too close to the subject to fully enjoy it I study medieval lit for a living Like with Sutcliff’s other books I adored the way the author does her best to stay faithful to the source material and do the time period justice In many ways this novel accompli

  6. says:

    Growing up you are surrounded by the myths and legends of the country Cuchulain happened to be one of my favourites so finding myself completely bored by this was disappointing There felt no life in the stories no heart These tales were orig

  7. says:

    A haunting tale that lives with me 15 years later and that I have re read numerous timesI don't know if a book has resona

  8. says:

    Something did not ring true about this one For a start the language felt stilted it included an unfortunate couple of twases and tweres The anglicisation of names seemed uite odd at times alsoIn Sutcliff's other Irish stories about Finn MacCool

  9. says:

    Great story highly recommendedI loved Rosemary’s rendition of this tale My own has taken a wholly different tack but that does not detract from Rosemary’s version With no written records of the time it is diffi

  10. says:

    Wonderful re telling of a very strange but powerful story

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