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Famine Paperback – 1980

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: University of Queensland Press (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0702215554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0702215551
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K Goulding on 26 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
It is impossible not to be left overwhelmned by the sheer abject misery and hopelessness of the people in this story. It is cleverly written as it blends historical fact with a fictional family and community.
This book makes it easier to understand how over a million people were left to die and a million more emigrated, even though Ireland was actually exporting food during this period. Even though people were dying of hunger, they were still evicted onto the street for non payment of rent by landlords living in mansions; starving people were refused food by shopkeepers as they had no money to pay. One is shocked by the smallmindedness and greed of the middleclass Irish as much as the greed of the landlord class.
This book should be compulsory reading in every school in Ireland and UK as it helps to explain the political mindset that developed in post famine Ireland. It also illustrates how such a massive human tragedy was allowed to happen
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book last year when I was on vacation in Ireland. I simply loved it. It describes very well the history of Ireland during the period of the famine and the story is wonderful. To read in one go. Sensational.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 May 2000
Format: Paperback
When I bought " Famine ", suddenly I discovered suffering and hardships. Ireland was no more a country where people just go to the pub and sing in Irish just as we Bretons do in our Celtic language. Ireland became a land of passion and trials. O'Flaherty's heroes haven't their likes in literature. They may sound like Hardy's or others' but they are unique. They are what I might call " purely Irish ". They fight, they fail, they seem doomed and yet there is power in them. Besides, the whole story happens at the time of the Great Famine and sometimes it seems we are reading some kind of Titanic story, we know what is going to happen and yet there is suspense ! Powerful !
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CM Collins on 21 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
A wonderful, harrowing tale of life in the West of Ireland in the period leading up to and including the Famine.Superb insight into how the people 'actually' lived during this dark period. A must!
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