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This review is from: The Crocodile by the Door: The Story of a House, a Farm and a Family (Hardcover)
Selina Guinness has written an Irish story that revolves around an Anglo-Irish estate, a derelict site on the outskirts of Dublin earmarked for property development rather than traditional agricultural produce. The land's plans hit a nerve. Why should this be changed from it's old 'background wash and colour'? Guinness's home in Tibradden, on a 120 acre estate, exists despite a 19th century sell out; a rendition of the trials and tribulations of modern Ireland taken back through tradition and history. Decisions have to be made based on economic rather than the emotional past. This inevitably involves the longstanding farm-working Kirwan family. Emotions run high and lead to personal dilemmas. This is written by Guinness in a style of prose that is beautifully poetic at times.It is a book of depth and attachment to the period and lifestyle with attendant care for the figures that fall as victims. Excellent.