Dream Angus

Dream Angus

The Celtic God of Dreams

Book - 2006
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From the beloved, bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series comes a delightful addition to the Myths series. Dream Angus is one of the earliest of the Celtic deities, and one of the most beloved. Angus comes bounding over the heather with his bag of dreams to dispense to those who want them. He is lithe of foot and beautiful -- as befits one who is also the Celtic Eros, the god of love, youth and beauty. Angus is a playful trickster, given to frightening people and cattle. He will reveal to you in a dream your true love, if asked, and if in the mood. He is a romantic, and one of the main stories associated with him is his search for the young woman who had appeared to him in his dreams. Eventually he finds her, but she is under a spell which makes her assume the shape of a bird for a year. Angus changes himself into a swan and the two lovers fly off together. In McCall Smith's inimitable retelling of the myth, the setting is twentieth century Scotland. Angus is a psychotherapist who helps people understand their dreams, but there are limits to what he can reveal. Mesmerically weaving the modern day with the tales of the Celtic god, Alexander McCall Smith unites dream and reality, leaving us to wonder: what is life, but the pursuit of our dreams?
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2006
ISBN: 9780676978735
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCC
Characteristics: 173 p. ; 21 cm


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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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