Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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Simply one of the best non-fiction prose writers currently at work. (Fintan O'Toole Irish Times )
One of the most remarkable non-fiction projects undertaken in English (Robert Macfarlane Spectator )
About the Author
A native of Yorkshire, Tim Robinson moved to the Aran Islands in 1972. He is the author of the two-volume Stones of Aran and ofcollections of essays, and maps of the Aran Islands, the Burren and Connemara. Connemara: Listening to the Wind, published in 2006, won the Irish Book Award for Non-fiction. Connemara: The Last Pool of Darkness followed in 2008. Since 1984 Tim Robinson has lived in Roundstone, Connemara.
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"Connemara, A Little Gaelic Kingdom" is the third of three volumes, although Mr Robinson, whom I have met once briefly, says it should really be the second volume, so that his recommended order is Listening To The Wind (2006), A Little Gaelic Kingdom (2011), and The Last Pool Of Darkness (2008), but the order of the second two books does not matter greatly. However, it is important to start with Listening To The Wind.
The weight of research and knowledge that has gone into these three important books is fairly much unique nowadays, and reminds me powerfully of similar Victorian book projects, but there is nothing old-fashioned or sentimental about these three volumes. If you're going to read the books, it's helpful to prepare yourself by catching a plane to Knock, hiring a car and driving south to acquaint yourself with the dramatic scenery of Connemara. This will help you understand why Tim Robinson decided to write extensively about the land, its stories, people and customs.
I have one or two grumbles, though.Read more ›
Both this book and Connemara left me confused and wondering and wanting more........
My family comes from the area, and several of my family's villages are mentioned. He accurately captures the landscape, the customs, the stories of the people, and the geography of the area.