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Ireland -A novel by Frank Delaney

Ireland -A novel (edition 2008)

by Frank Delaney

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Title:Ireland -A novel
Authors:Frank Delaney
Info:Harper Collins (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 576 pages
Collections:Read, Own, Your library
Tags:Irish, history, fiction, myth

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Ireland by Frank Delaney

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Wonderful, expansive, layered book weaving an intricate tale of the beloved country of Ireland through the voices of many narrators. Most of the tales of the emerald isles' history are shared through meandering stories by a wandering storyteller who traveled the length and breadth of the country by foot. More history is covered through the tales from Ronan, who met this "seanachi" when he was just nine and was inspired, both by the man, and by his tales. Once he grew to adulthood, Ronan, too travelled Ireland to find the aging storyteller and share some tales of his own. In a lovely twist, Delaney brings it all full circle and the grown up Ronan finds the man, becomes a respected historian in his own right and resolves his own family dramas too.

Luscious, gorgeous, breathtaking! Such a wonderfully written yarn. The only thing missing is the hearth. ( )
1 vote MauraSatchell | Jul 16, 2015 |
Delaney tells the story of his colorful country by utilizing the oft told and retold myths, legends and anecdotes. After spending time in Ireland I enjoyed the book as it resonated with much of what I heard and experienced in the country, not the big cities, but the country where many still cling to their mythology and folklore. The Irish, of which I am one, have a special relationship with the past and in Delaney’s book he searches for that past, trying to piece it together, ultimately piecing together the story of his own 1950’s family and their secrets. I enjoyed the read, the story is okay, it’s the romp with dialect and lore that made this book enjoyable. Not for everyone. But if your Irish, it’s a must read. ( )
  mindyshalleck | Oct 29, 2014 |
Frank Delaney spins a wonderful yarn about Ireland. The story consists of a series of stories with a surprise ending. I liked reading as well as listening to it. Delaney has a lovely voice, very Irish. ( )
  Your_local_coyote | Dec 29, 2013 |
What a pleasure to read! I've read quite a few historical novels set in Ireland from the Tuatha De Danann to the Easter Rebellion and nothing put it all together as well as this. And in such a light and interesting way. Reading this book is like examining the facets which make up a beautiful diamond -- you see little minute parts of a history that gradually comes together in a wonderful story. For example, I've read complete novels about the potato famine. The 3 or 4 page story of the the doctor's anquish examing the potato leaves left me with a clearer feeling of the terror of famine than many complete books have done.

At first I wasn't sure I was going to like the chapters alternating between "plot" and "story" but it didn't take too long to begin to see the connection and then I was totally pulled in and found it hard to put the book down. This book is a delight.2005-06-15 ( )
  maryreinert | Aug 16, 2013 |
I've been recommending books to my mom to read since she retired. She read Ireland on her own and then insisted I read it. Really - she's been insisting for close to a year. She kept raving about how good it was.

So I felt bad about the unfairness of me giving suggestions but not taking them. Finally, I started working on the book. It's much longer than anything I suggested and my free time is scarce. About halfway through - I mention I'm reading it and I think it's alright, but not great. She replies, "Yes, I thought the book was just alright...but his previous book, Tipperary was really good!" Not falling for it again!

Anyway, reason it was just alright - I liked the storytelling aspect and I liked the convoluted "way leads to way" unfolding of the novel. What I didn't like was that the big revelations (one about halfway through the book and one very near the end) seemed pretty obvious way before they were actually stated. So the "aha!" moments were more like, "Yeah, I figured..." moments. Delaney IS a storyteller and his prose is good, so there's that. I can endorse this book as one to read curled up by the fire on a winter's night...enjoyable...but sorry mom, if I ever do read Tipperary, it'll be somewhere down the line. Oh - one thing I really didn't like though - it's really really rare that I don't wince when I read a poem or song within a novel. It's a bit of a pet peeve I guess and Delaney throws one in and I winced. Leave poems to poets or at least to collections of poems unless you can pull it off. ( )
  Sean191 | May 24, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060563494, Paperback)

In the winter of 1951, a storyteller, the last practitioner of an honored, centuries-old tradition, arrives at the home of nine-year-old Ronan O'Mara in the Irish countryside. For three wonderful evenings, the old gentleman enthralls his assembled local audience with narratives of foolish kings, fabled saints, and Ireland's enduring accomplishments before moving on. But these nights change young Ronan forever, setting him on a years-long pursuit of the elusive, itinerant storyteller and the glorious tales that are no less than the saga of his tenacious and extraordinary isle.

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An epic tale-within-a-tale based on the history of Ireland finds a traditional wandering Storyteller revealing his life experiences while forging a poignant new relationship in the home of an eight-year-old boy.

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