The Hound of Ulster

The Hound of Ulster

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The Irish-Celtic story of how Cuchulain became the greatest of heroes - the Hound of Ulster. The author also wrote "Beowulf: Dragonslayer", "The Capricorn Bracelet", "The High Deeds of Finn MacCool", "The Road to Camlann" and "Knight's Fee".show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 109.22 x 172.72 x 10.16mm | 113.4g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 30 b&w line drawings
  • 0099972603
  • 9780099972600

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One of England's finest authors turns her hand to a re-telling of the Cuchulain Saga with less success than in any previous work. Cuchulain, hero of the Celts, is less than a god, more than a man. When the battle frenzy comes upon him, the Hero light blazes upon his brow and a jet of black blood shoots skyward to form a fearsome cloud above his head. His deeds are mighty; the red blood of his enemies flows through the pages. But somehow, Cuchulain never comes to life; his deeds never seem worth doing. Perhaps the need to understate the adventures (Cuchulain is rarely an admirable hero) accounts for the flatness of the prose, for the interjection of the story of "Deirdre and the Sons of Usna," is much more vital. Whatever the reason, the book seems overlong and the battles become dull rather than horrendous. More for the librarian's background than for the children themselves. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

About Rosemary Sutcliff

Rosemary Sutcliff was born in 1920 in West Clanden, Surrey. With over 50 books to her credit, Rosemary Sutcliff is now universally considered one of the finest writers of historical novels for children. Her first novel, The Queen Elizabeth Story was published in 1950. In 1959 her book The Lantern Bearers won the Carnegie Medal. In 1974 she was highly commended for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and in 1978 her book, Song for a Dark Queen was commended for the Other Award. In 1975, Rosemary was awarded the OBE for services to Children's Literature and the CBE in 1992. Unfortunately Rosemary passed away in July 1992 and is much missed by her many more

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