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Die Aran-Inseln by John M. Synge
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Die Aran-Inseln (original 1907; edition 1996)

by John M. Synge

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An unforgettable look at a land that holds Ireland's ancestral language, culture and uncorrupted heart. Synge's lyrical glimpses into the past, coupled with Donal Donnely's rich, lilting voice, transport listeners to these tiny Emerald Islands.
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Title:Die Aran-Inseln
Authors:John M. Synge
Info:Suhrkamp (1996), Taschenbuch
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The Aran Islands by John Millington Synge (1907)

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One of the more seminal works of early sociology, Singhe's generally nonjudgemental portrayal of Aran provides a glimpse into traditional Irish lives and ways. An excellent read for a hibernophile, or anyone interested in sociology or anthropology. ( )
  Oreillynsf | Mar 28, 2010 |
In the late 1890s, the Irish playwright John Millington Synge spent several summers on the Aran Islands, a group of three islands off the west coast of Ireland. He later compiled his experiences into sort of a journal, which was published in 1907. The book depicts each of Synge's four visits to the islands, as he wanders around, gather local stories and songs, learns the history, and participates in island life. The Aran Islands are depicted as something of a backwater place-- but usually all the better for it. It's a rudimentary ethnography, sometimes a tedious and dull ramble, but occasionally a fascinating glimpse at a disappearing culture, even if it is somewhat over-idealized.
  Stevil2001 | Mar 9, 2009 |
Unclassifiable is “The Aran Islands€? (1907) by J.M. Synge. William Butler Yeats persuaded Synge to live for a time in the Aran Islands (off the west coast of Ireland) in the hopes that it would focus his writing and help his creative work, such as play-writing. “The Aran Islandsâ€? is a short journal of Synge's conversations with the local people, but it is also a travelogue, diary of his learning Irish, and collection of local stories. The book documents of a way of life and the way of thinking of a people that are gone from the world now. Admittedly, this book has a couple of long spots, but overall it’s a magical thing.
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I am in Aranmor, sitting over a turf fire, listening to a murmur of Gaelic that is rising from a little public-house under my room.
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An unforgettable look at a land that holds Ireland's ancestral language, culture and uncorrupted heart. Synge's lyrical glimpses into the past, coupled with Donal Donnely's rich, lilting voice, transport listeners to these tiny Emerald Islands.

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