Dream Angus

Dream Angus

The Celtic God of Dreams

Book - 2006
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The beloved author of the hugely best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series joins the growing list of writers in Canongate's groundbreaking Myths series with an absorbing retelling of a seminal Celtic tale of love, youth, and beauty. Angus is one of the earliest Celtic deities and one of the most beloved. He is a trickster and a romantic, a combination of Eros and Apollo, with four birds fluttering about his head, each of which is a kiss. He has the power to reveal to you in a dream your true love, if asked, and if in the mood. In McCall Smith's magical new vision of the ancient tales, five different young men named Angus find themselves living the myths of their namesake, from his search for the girl he loves to his discovery that the man who raised him is not his father. In the hands of one of the great storytellers living today, Dream Angus will charm and mesmerize readers.
Publisher: Edinburgh, Scotland ; New York : Canongate ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9781841958231
1841958239
Characteristics: xv, 173 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Celtic god of dreams

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forbesrachel Apr 06, 2013

Angus is a god that is kind and loves all, and although the story is about him, it focuses just as much on those he helps and cares for. Following each of his passages is a corresponding one that reflects on the theme of the previous (the talk of Angus' brother is followed by that of another set of brothers he helps). The passages differ in that the ones on Angus are about his past, while the ones about others are about Angus in the modern world. For those that know nothing of this god, there is a brief introduction that is helpful, although it is not necessary to know anything about Celtic myth to understand and enjoy this story.

q22 Oct 22, 2011

Interesting diversion for McCall Smith, from his regular writings. I had more vivid and interesting dreams when I was reading this lite and somewhat dark tale.

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