Scríobh Neil McLeod an mhí seo chaite:
> >_Old Irish Wisdom Attributed to Aldfrith of Northumbria:
> >An Edition of Bríathra Flainn Fhína maic Ossu_ by Colin A. Ireland
> >1999 / 256 pages / 86698-247-7 / MR205 / $28, £24
> >Further info is available at:
> This is terrific news. I have been eagerly awaiting the appearance of this
> volume. Thanks to Dennis I have now been able to put in an order.
> I don't suppose you'd like to review it for us when you get a chance would
> you, Dennis?
An bhfuair tú an leabhar fós, Neil? Tá sé agam le coicís agus tá
mé fíorshásta leis.
By way of review: on first glance I noted two things: that the
actual edition and translation of the text take up just 32 pages
of the 244 pages in the book. The introduction, notes and apparatus
- variant readings and other materials for the critical study of the
document - make up the rest; and that in his Foreword Dr. Ireland
chose to use the spelling "rôle", a likely sign of a healthy interest
in linguistic minutia. :)
Further reading has revealed this to be a very pleasing book: well
laid out, exactingly edited, carefully introduced, felicitously
translated, backed up by copious commentary, and, last but not least,
accurately printed on good paper and nicely bound by a publisher that
respects good book design. Well worth the $28 I paid for it!
One of the first maxims I looked at in Ireland's book was one that
had caught my eye in Kuno Myer's early edition for its apparent snide
cynicism: "descaid gensa dímaisi", translated in the DIL as "homeliness
is a token of chastity", s.v. "dímaisse = uncomeliness, plainness".
Ireland's translation puts a kinder spin on it, interpreting "dímaise"
as a matter of personal choice rather than physiognomical fate:
"Descad gensa dímaise. - Lack of adornment is a sign of chastity."