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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable memoir, 3 May 2013
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly and readable, 3 Oct. 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars History at its Best, 5 Oct. 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Memory Speaks, 27 Jun. 2013
The Invention of Memory is a wonderful excursion through history, illuminating more famous events of Anglo-Irish history through the delicious, inconsequential details of Simon Loftus's family. It evokes a clear sense of the texture of life and Simon Loftus writes with dancing elegance. It's a delight in every sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much, much more than a "Scrapbook", 7 Jun. 2013
This review is from: The Invention of Memory: An Irish family scrapbook 1560-1934 (Kindle Edition)
The Invention of Memory is completely engaging, beautifully written. The quoted documents are wonderful in their contemporary language. With the splendid illustrations they distinguish each successive period they bring the history to life. If you know too little of Ireland's past and its horrors at the hands of the English some chapters might make uncomfortable reading. A marvellous book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A cleverly titled book, 28 Sept. 2013
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Readable description of life as a land owner in late 18th century Ireland. Ends in early 20th century. Not a history book, but educational.
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