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The Invention of Memory: An Irish family scrapbook 1560-1934 [Kindle Edition]

Simon Loftus
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‘A series of beautifully rendered evocations of landscape, people, attitudes, emblems and events. It treats the sweep of a melancholy history with the utmost poise and discernment.’ Irish Times ‘A fascinating book, a rare combination of impressive scholarship and personal reminiscence. Loftus has an extraordinary eye for telling detail.’ Selina Hastings From the arrival of his first ancestor in Dublin in 1560, Simon Loftus traces the fascinating story of his family’s heritage in Ireland – piecing together fragments of legend and biography that span over 350 years of Irish history. The background is the colonial conquest of Ireland and the clash of religious and national identity, but the focus is close at hand, familial. The passions and eccentricities, the daily concerns and relationships, the rich dramas and anecdotes of individuals in this Ascendancy family ¬– over eight generations – combine to form an enthralling memoir of shifting viewpoints and entertainingly inconsistent accounts of a shared past. The Invention of Memory is a profound family portrait and a sweeping history that examines the nature of recollection and how our memories are shaped by experience and time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5945 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Daunt Books (30 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4GU4NG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #185,361 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable memoir 3 May 2013
Format:Hardcover
This is a fascinating book, a rare combination of impressive scholarship and personal reminiscence. Simon Loftus writes beautifully, and he has an extraordinary eye for telling detail. His account of tracing over 300 years of his family's history is spell-binding, full of treasures and often extremely moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History at its Best 5 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A beautifully written,hugely entertaining ride through 400 years of Irish history,following the fortunes of the Loftus family.Simon Loftus succeeds brilliantly in linking the details of life of a very important family, full of larger than life characters, with the broader themes of Irish history , which I now understand far better than I did before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly and readable 3 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
This is both a biography of the author's family and a history of their involvement in Irish history. Written in beautiful prose, it recounts how his ancestors moved into Ireland in the 16C and how several of them took up high office. It is an honest account of their sometimes wicked, and often humane and generous treatment of the population and their own dependents. Simon Loftus has researched this book with scholarly expertise and at the same time made the text highly readable.
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