the crock of gold

  • author: James Stephens
  • translator: Valdis Ābols
  • illustrator: Reinis Pētersons

isbn: 978-9984-820-07-1

size: 16 x 21,5 cm

quantity: 190 pages

year: 2007

price: 7,80 €

With its elements of the fantasy genre, humour and ironic approach, The Crock of Gold can ‘lure’ a teenager into an intellectual maze that offers some significant philosophical conclusions.

 The farmer Meehawl MacMurrachu visits the wise Philosopher in a dark pine forest to ask for advice in his search for his wife’s lost washboard. The Philosopher’s advice leads him to a leprechaun cave where Meehawl, to his surprise and joy, discovers a crock full of gold. The incident causes a chain of strange and stranger still events that affect the Philosopher, his wife and children, the revengeful leprechauns, Meehawl’s beautiful daughter, slowpoke policemen, Pan – the god of shepherds and creatures from ancient Irish legends.

The artist won the Jānis Baltvilks Prize for his illustrations to the book.