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Timeless Book: A Lesson For All
on 5 May 2010
Glancing back from the vantage point of 2010, it's difficult to believe how much Northern Ireland has altered since Colm Toibin set out on his lone journey of the border area in the summer of 1987.
Toibin's ability as a writer, literally drags you along on his initial quest to explore and experience his painful religious pilgrimage to Lough Derg, concluding with his tearful ending in the killing fields of South Armagh.
Bravery, yes bravery abounds too as Toibin a southern Catholic leaves little to the imagination when he inadvertently finds himself in the middle of a heated Protestant demonstration aimed at the hated Anglo-Irish Agreement in Derry city, one in which he manages to escape unscathed.
Through his wonderful book, Toibin has created his own piece of Irish history that will certainly mark a troubled time in Northern Ireland's recent past.