The Crock of Gold is a novel written by James Stephens and published in 1912. Some editions have a foreword by Walter de la Mare. Truly unique, it is a mixture of philosophy, Irish folklore and the battle of the sexes all with charm, humour and good grace.
It 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, Book 6 – The Thin Woman's Journey, that rotate around a philosopher and his quest to find Cáitlin Ni Murrachu and deliver her from the god Pan and himself going through a catharsis. He himself is apprehended for murdering a philosopher friend and his wife who committed a peaceful suicide some months before, then whisked away by his wife the Thin Woman of Inis Magrath and the fairy folk, all the while encountering many notable characters, in particular Angús Òg, and the Thin Woman's encounter with the Three Infinites.
Ein Buch voller Anspielungen auf die irische Mythologie, in die ich mich erst etwas einlesen musste. Mittlerweile weiß ich, dass Leprecauns immer einen Kessel mit Gold vor dem Baum vergraben haben, unter dem sie wohnen. Und dass es ihre schlimmste Rache mit sich bringt, wenn man sich an diesem vergreift.
Das Buch ist unterhaltsam und humorvoll und beinhaltet vor allem jede Menge Lebensweisheiten, viele davon auch zum Thema Mann-Frau.
1923 erschienen, mittlerweile wohl ein wiederentdeckter Klassiker der irischen Literatur und sicher ein Muss für alle, die sich mit dieser beschäftigen. Ein nettes Leseerlebnis!
When the children reached home they told the Philosopher the rsult of their visit. He questioned them minutely as to the apperarnce of Pan, how he had received them, and what he had said in defence of his iniquities; but when he found that Pan hat not returned any answer to his message he became very angry. He tried to persuade his wife to undertake another embassy setting forth his abhorrence and defiance of the god, but the Thin Woman replied sourly that she was a respectably married woman, that having been alreade bereaved of ther wisdom she had no desire to be furcher curtailed of ther virtue, that a husband would go any length to asperse his wife's reputation, and that although she was married to a fool her self-respect had survived even that calamity. The Philosopher pointed out that her age, her appearance, and her tongue were sufficient guarantees of immunity against the machinations of either Pan or slander, and that he had no personal feelings in the matter beyond a scientific and benevolent interest in the troubles of Meehawl MacMurrachu; but this was discounted by his wife as the malignant and subtle tactics to all husbands.
..., and anger is both mental and intuitive blindness. It is not the beneficient blindness which prevents one from seeing without, but it is that desperate darkness which cloaks the within, and hides the heart and the brain from each other's husbandly and wifely recognition. But even thos mitigating circumstances cannot justify the course they adopted, and the wider idea must be sought for, that out of evil good must ultimately come, or else evil is vitiated beyond even the redemption of usage. When they were able to realize fo what they had been guilty, they were very sorry indeed, and endeavoured to publish their repentance in many ways; but, lacking atonement, repentance is only a postmortem virtue which is good for nothing but burial