“The Faerie Handbook: An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects” by Carolyn Turgeon and the editors of Faerie Magazine— Myth, Mystery, Romance and Beauty

Turgeon, Carolyn and the editors of Faerie Magazine. “The Faerie Handbook: An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects”, Harper Design, 2017.

Myth, Mystery, Romance and Beauty

Amos Lassen

I have never really thought about faeries so when I received this book, I was not sure how to react to it. As I thumbed through the pages before sitting down to actually read it, I was amazed at its physical beauty (from the bright lilac cover to the incredibly beautiful photographs). I realized that this was a very special book. Then as I read, I also realized the beauty of its prose and before I knew it, I was transported to a magical realm. The book is organized into four sections; “Flora and Fauna”, “Fashion and Beauty”,  “Arts and Culture”, and “Home, Food, and Entertaining”. There is something for everyone here—exquisite vintage and contemporary fine art and photography, literature, essays, do-it-yourself projects, and recipes and it is quite easy to become lost while reading. It is the prefect holiday gift for the person that you can never decide what to give to.

An enchanting read that takes the reader on a fantastical journey through Here is faerie lore presented as a sort of manual about the world of faeries and it pulls you in immediately. We learn where to find fairies and get history, craft ideas, fashions and even recipes. I was very aware that as I read, I had left the mundane world in which I usually live. I must also add that this is a serious look at the faerie world and there is no kitsch. Many of us read in order to be taken to places we do not usually go and I found it totally fascinating to believe that I was surrounded by faeries as I read and what a beautiful experience that was.

There is even a look at the sinister aspects of the Faerie world and we see the balance between vintage and modern references to Faeries. It was here that I understood the way the television mini-series “True Blood” depicted the faerie world. Who knew there is so much folklore and history about faeries and the more I read, the more I was drawn in. I do not recall seeing books about faeries that are comprehensive as this is and it is wonderful to have all of this between the covers of a single volume. This is truly what the subtitle says it is— “An Enchanting Compendium of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects”. It is the perfect escape and I have a very strong feeling that I will be enjoying it even more in the days to come.

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