Title: Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World
Author: Signe Pike
Pub Date: 2010
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
View on Goodreads
Buy on Book Depository | Wordery
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A skeptic’s search for magic, one faery at a time.
In search of something to believe in again, Signe Pike left behind a career in Manhattan to undertake a magical journey-literally. In a sweeping tour through England, Ireland, Scotland, and beyond, she takes readers to dark glens and abandoned forests, ancient sacred sites, and local pubs, seeking those who might still believe in the mysterious beings we’ve relegated to the dusty corners of our childhood imaginations: faeries. But as Signe attempts to connect with the spirit world, she’ll come to view herself and the world around her in a profoundly new way.
Engaging and full of heart, “Faery Tale” is more than a memoir-it’s the story of rekindling that spark of belief that makes even the most skeptical among us feel like a kid again.
I bought this book in a lovely bookshop The Speaking Tree in Glastonbury. If you ever been to Glastonbury, you know that this is a very special place. Just looking at shop’s windows you will know that something is different there – the town is full with crystal shops, windows decorated with faeries wings, goddesses figurines. There is a Goddess Temple. It’s a very spiritual place, and shops alone show this.
Faery Tale is a perfect book to feel a little bit of this spirituality that is still present is few places in United Kingdom and Ireland. The author starts a journey with one goal – to find faeries. She goes to England, specifically to the very Glastonbury where I bought the book. She goes to The Isle of Man, Ireland and Scotland. She meets all the different people who still believe in faeries that help her to find her own faeries. It’s fascinating book. I especially liked to read about the history and mythology behind the places she visits. She also includes account of her seeing and feeling of faeries, how they contacted her and how she felt their presence. Some of them were just a bit too much for my skeptic mind, but I tried to open my mind and do not judge.
This book inspired me to read more about history of Ireland and Great Britain, to read more about religious beliefs of prehistoric times, to read more about stone circles and Celtic mythology. I really enjoyed this book, and it gave me a lot of inspirations for travels and learning. Faery Tale is a memoir like not other.