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Eden Halt by [Skelton, Ross]
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'We read, as if memory is being assembled in front of us. It is this precision, the beautifully executed detail, that makes Eden Halt a deeply moving memoir.' - Roddy Doyle

About the Author

Ross Skelton, born in 1941, attended Belfast High School, Guildford Technical College in Surrey and Trinity College Dublin. He returned there to lecture in philosophy in 1971, setting up degree courses in clinical and theoretical psychoanalysis by 1980. He has published numerous articles on psychoanalysis and logic as well as studies on Louis MacNeice. His Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis (2006) took seven years to write and won the Distinguished Academic Publication Choice Award. An Associate Professor of Philosophy (emeritus), he is currently a practising psychoanalyst and lives in Dublin.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 844 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The Lilliput Press (1 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CKDE9KC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #472,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Enjoyed reading this book. I live beside the village of eden and while i was reading it i tried to picture in my minds eye where the places ross mentioned were now. Lots of memories .A1
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I highly recommend this book, especially to any with an Ulster background.... Ross Skelton is a real joy to read.
As a child I was one of those "down from Belfast" every summer holidays and knew the beach area he writes about really
well and being a bit younger than Ross I remember hanging out with his brother Joss and others..Jimmy Orr and Errol Grey
are a few names I remember. Playing footie or rounders on the grassy bit to the left outside the Skeltons,just by where
"The Point" began. (and the "blunt end"..which was always full of water!)
The picture on the front cover was a meeting hut for the local kids where we would plan our next game of "Hounds and
Hares" through and over the fields and usually up to the deserted WW2 fort on the headland....a fantastic place with gun
emplacements,trenches,hidden underground rooms and watchtowers.
Though Ross's beach with its row of wooden bungalows and it's characters (old chap would sit all day shooting at seagulls
with a .22 bored LeeEnfield..think he lived on'em)..... has gone now.....eaten by the Kilroot Power Station development...
But just as with the author...it is still there in my memory as clear as it was yesterday. When I had to return to town at the end of
the summer...I was always envious of Joss and his chums who stayed there all year..they had the sea and the storms and
the steam trains.

But there is much more than "youthful memories" in this work, Ross's relationship with his father and mother as he grew
and left home, is full of perspectives most readers would recognize and it seems to me that Ross's father was a pilgrim
who knew absolutely there was a quest to be made...but like many of us...
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What a great read! For the first time in the many years I have being interested in books I finished "Eden Halt: An Antrim Memoir" and started it all over again.
I did not want to let go of the smell of the sea and the stories of the people living around it. As opposed to the book critic or the many other stories of Irish childhoods I did not find the book to be about the economic difficulties of the family but about a lost world. The new bride walking to the top of the big old house by candle light, the loosely sketched love of the people, in an subtle old fashioned way, it is there, but one can only feel it because in typical Irish fashion is not spoken about.
The strong father looking for his own identity after "The War", the artistic resilient mother, the light of the sea and the smaller characters floating in the memory.
You will have a lovely time reading it too.
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Clear surface detail grabs the reader of this memoir right from the strange
opening incident. From the narrative point of view, this is a recent
occurrence, but it also serves to illustrate a particular necessity repeatedly
imposed on the author throughout his life. He had to hold his
own extremely logical and rational disposition together with a conscious recognition of
the existence of an Otherness, starting with his father whose deep core was
mystical. With humour and without sentimentality, the reader
is told how the child held parental and other conflicts, learning of
the co-existence of BBC English with the flavoursome speech of Antrim,
of arcane ideas with practical skills, and of differing social customs and values
while living on the liminal shore that was the ground of his existence. Against this
complexity, the process of constructing an individual identity is vividly portrayed,
incorporating eloquent images from the lived life. Mice are brought to notice
combined with pianos; treasured pigeons and their carefully constructed loft are
thoughtlessly disposed of, conveying failure to acknowledge their subjective
value to the author. Very insightful and well-written.
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I really enjoyed reading this book as I grew up in this village and knew many of the characters mentioned in its pages. It really took me back to another era, a better era when people lived less complicated lives and socialised with their neighbours-much different than the world today. Ross Skelton writes this book as life was in those days and for that I thank him.
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I liked this book so much that immediately upon finishing it I began it again. The writing was beautiful and the characters could only be described as "interesting". You began to care about them which is saying something when their stories were told in a very basic, matter of fact, way. They weren't charming enough to be endearing or awful enough to be despicable - they were simply normal people doing their best in a tough era. The writer didn't over sentimentalise his childhood or make it out to be worse than it was like some misery memoirs. I loved it.
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I thoroughtly enjoyed this book as it is written about a time and place that I remember well, with lots of people mentioned that I had forgotten about.
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