Book Review: Faery Tale – Signe Pike

Title: Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World 
Author: Signe Pike
ISBN: 9780399536175
Pages: 320
Release Date: November 2, 2010
Publisher: Perigee
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Travel
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Signe Pike felt like she had lost touch with the magic and enchantment in her world, and decided she needed to go in search for it.  She became interested in the idea of faeries and went on a quest around the world, from Mexico to the Isle of Man, in order to discover for herself whether faeries actually exist.

Review:

While the idea of faeries has never really captivated me, I maintain a very open worldview.  Do I think faeries exist?  Not necessarily, but I’m not ready to say that they don’t exist.  That’s why I was so intrigued by the book Faery Tale, in which the author goes on a pilgrimage to faery sites, mainly in the United Kingdom, in order to rediscover the magic within herself and in the world around her.

Part of this book is a travelogue, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Pike visited quite a few sites I’m interested in making my own trip to, mainly Glastonbury and the Isle of Man.  I appreciated her clear descriptions and the vivid details she used to bring these places to life for the reader.  I enjoyed being able to visit each of these places with Pike and appreciated that she laid out their histories, as well as their connection to the faery world, for the reader.

Now, if you’re a complete skeptic and are reading this review thinking “Of COURSE faeries don’t exist!”, don’t write off this book just yet.  Pike’s voice is honest and engaging.  She admits that the trip is a little crazy, that she’s not sure whether faeries exist, but at the same time, she is willing to believe in them.  Pike also injects enough of herself into the book to give it a personal warmth.  I appreciated her candor and sense of humor, and I absolutely love that she actually picked up and spent the time and money going on this trip.  It’s the type of journey people always say they want to do, but never actually undertake.

Faery Tale was a warm and funny look at enchantment in the modern world.  I absolutely love the idea that there’s still a little magic left in our world, and Pike’s book really served to underscore that.  Having finished the book, while I can’t say I truly believe in faeries, I love the idea that there are people out there that do, and I honestly hope that faeries do exist.

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Comments

  1. This has been on my radar — I may have to give it a try.

  2. This has been on my radar — I may have to give it a try.

  3. Pike is coming for a Book Your Lunch event and I wasn’t sure I wanted to go. You’ve convinced me it’ll be worthwhile. Off to check my schedule.

  4. Pike is coming for a Book Your Lunch event and I wasn’t sure I wanted to go. You’ve convinced me it’ll be worthwhile. Off to check my schedule.

  5. While I am one of those skeptical people who seriously doubts the existence of fairies, I think that the other components of this book sound rather interesting, and would love to get a vicarious look at all the places she travels. I can honestly say that this book sounds pretty awesome, whether I do or don’t believe in the fairy portion.

  6. While I am one of those skeptical people who seriously doubts the existence of fairies, I think that the other components of this book sound rather interesting, and would love to get a vicarious look at all the places she travels. I can honestly say that this book sounds pretty awesome, whether I do or don’t believe in the fairy portion.

  7. I’ve never even heard of this book till today. Wonderful review, Swapna! I will definitely add this to my list.

  8. I’ve never even heard of this book till today. Wonderful review, Swapna! I will definitely add this to my list.

  9. I really want to read this. I am glad you enjoyed it. I am waiting for paperback, though. Unless I can get the library to buy the copy.

  10. I really want to read this. I am glad you enjoyed it. I am waiting for paperback, though. Unless I can get the library to buy the copy.

  11. I read this book and then built myself a fairyhouse to put near my plants.. I could use good luck! lol.. loved this little book…and loved that she was looking for something to believe in…i think we all get more cynical as we grow older…and it’s so much nicer not to be. at least a trip like that should convince one to keep an open mind.. and to hope.

  12. I read this book and then built myself a fairyhouse to put near my plants.. I could use good luck! lol.. loved this little book…and loved that she was looking for something to believe in…i think we all get more cynical as we grow older…and it’s so much nicer not to be. at least a trip like that should convince one to keep an open mind.. and to hope.

  13. I’ve seen some pretty positive reviews for this book and I have to say that I love the idea of faeries actually existing! I did a report on faeries a while back and I wish so badly that I could have had this book around then to use!

  14. I’ve seen some pretty positive reviews for this book and I have to say that I love the idea of faeries actually existing! I did a report on faeries a while back and I wish so badly that I could have had this book around then to use!

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