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4.0 out of 5 stars
A fascinating piece of social history, 7 Jun 2009
This is a fascinating insight into the extremely hard life of poor Irish familes in the West of Ireland in the second half of the 19th century.It might take a bit of time to get used to the language as it is translated from the original Irish.
Having family who originated in this area I can vouch for the truthful portayal of people and events. Peig is a true survivor ,enduring loss and hardship that is almost unheard of today outside the third world. Crucially, it's her own voice we hear not a second hand report from a historian or the re-imagining of a novelist. The only complaint is that sometimes it asks more questions than it answers.I wanted to say -"Yes but what happened then ??" A very interesting read if you love social history.