The Great Shame is, superbly, rivetingly, hypnotically readable; partly because Keneally orchestrates his many narrative strands so expertly and touches his story with many moments of beautiful writing, but also because it is all, even at its most extraordinary, completely true. The result is astonishingly vivid. What The Great Shame is most reminiscent of is a classic 19th-century novel; a Dickens, or a George Eliot. We follow Keneally's characters with the same involvement through their successes and their trials, until the very last sentence in the book when, like a master from the classic age of the novel, Keneally pays tribute to "the piquant blood and potent ghosts of the characters to whom we now bid goodbye". --Adam Roberts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I really enjoy Kineally's book and this was no exception. He manages to write history so interestingly!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bettaboo
A very interesting read. I have now moved on to find many other views on this. Who do we blame, the system. to many children. happening now again. Read morePublished 14 months ago by jlmatthews
I am of this stock and we survived and we prospered and we influenced. We are here amongst you and now always will be. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Thomas Millett
I did not finish this book, but not because it was in any way bad. It is a very detailed account of 19th century Irish history. Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2006 by John Hopper