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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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Very enjoyable tales of Celtic History told within a novel of a young boy, Ronan, who becomes so enamored of a seanchai that entered their village and spent a few nights sharing his stories that he devotes himself to finding the Storyteller. ( )
  Cherizar | Feb 6, 2016 |
I must have been reading a different book as the one I began was so terribly boring, that I could not make it through to the end. ( )
  AstridG | Dec 5, 2015 |
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 |
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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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