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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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I suppose it could be an amazing book ... but I'm growing bored by it.
I guess I'm not really interested in Ireland, period.

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  Adrianne_p | May 11, 2017 |
I chose this book to meet a challenge for March…yes I am always a few months in arrears! Having never visited nor read much about the history of Ireland, I certainly learned a good bit. My least favorite parts of the book were the graphic descriptions of battle, particularly in the ancient and medieval times. I have never been a fan of early history so it is not surprising that I was turned away by these tales. However, I enjoyed the last third of the book as the tales became more recent up through the Easter rising in 1916. Some bits of more recent events in Ireland were included in the secondary story line. I was most fascinated and impressed with the way the author presented the tales in a variety of styles and with many different voices. This technique was charming and engaging.
This book is a mellow read which can be accomplished over a long period of time due to the structure of the book…one tale is complete before another begins. The interwoven plot of the story teller’s admirer adds a dimension of mystery which compels the reader from one tale to the next. I would recommend this book to anyone considering traveling to Ireland to explore the historic monuments and locations. ( )
  beebeereads | Apr 30, 2017 |
Presents the history of Ireland through a storyteller's magical tales. Parts of the book were very interesting, but overall the tales didn't make a comprehensive novel. Would have been better presented as a collection of short stories. ( )
  MM_Jones | Mar 16, 2017 |
This was a great read.

It started out and was very interesting, to the point I wanted to sit and read for hours. Then it bogged down, so I let it set. I then came back and started to read in smaller sections. That did the trick and I was captivated.

A young Irish boy, Ronan O'Mara, is captivated by an itinerant Storyteller who visits his home in the 1950s. This gentleman makes his living telling stories of Ireland and its rich history in a manner that brings the events to life and enthralls the listeners. In return he is given bed and board for a couple of nights and then moves on, walking the roads of Ireland.

When the Storyteller is abruptly told to leave the house for some unknown reason, Ronan is devastated and swears to eventually fine and reconnect with the Storyteller. Ronan's search and growing into an adult and the many paths he travels in his search, is the main thread of this story. Along the way he learns much about Ireland's history, his passion and the secrets behind that fatefull night.

It is a book that will stay with you for quite a while and give you a bigger picture of what Ireland is. Beautiful. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
A fictional history of Ireland; I imagine that this and Rutherfurd's book on Ireland complement each other, in giving more of the history, (and probably the myths and fables as well), of the ancient land. still to be read, though
  corracreigh | Mar 23, 2016 |
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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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