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Ireland: Stone Walls and Fabled Landscapes Hardcover – 29 Oct 1998

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About the Author

Alen MacWeeney was born and raised in Ireland. For 30 years he lived and worked in New York. His images have appeared in many international publications and are included in the permanent collections of numerous museums.

Richard Conniff is the editor of The Devil's Book of Verse, which he began compiling while living in Ireland. Formerly managing editor of Geo, he has written for Smithsonian, National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Connecticut, USA.

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HASH(0xa8c42b04) out of 5 stars "People do not change the land without the land in turn changing them." 5 Nov. 2013
By jerry guild - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who has lived in or visited Ireland will kkno what an important element of the Irish landscape stone walls are.One finds them everywhere from the built up areas to anywhere you go all around the island.One cn only imagine the endless years of toil and hardship that went into building these walls.As a Canadian ,I was particularly fascinated by these walls for the simple reason that they could never last so long in our country because of our cold winter weather and the frost that would topple them.We do have stone walls,but they are more aptly called stone piles that were made when clearing stones from the fields and piled along the edges.No way could they be erected to the height seen in Ireland with openings everywhere.
This is a magnificent book that is filled with a plethora of excellent photographs but also a great text that explains in great detail the history,purpose,legends,and everything else connected with these walls.The authors of this book travelled all over Ireland and recorded the discussions they had with the people who lived around these walls and still construct and repair them today.Over the centuries, farmers fencing their fields have divided and subdivided this countryside into a vast jigsaw puzzle several thousand miles in area.It is claimed that there are 240,000 miles of stone walls throughout Ireland.(I wonder who measured them).
On my last visit to Ireland ,I visited a large Bookstore in Dublin.I went to the area where books on Ireland were displayed and couldn't believe how many beautiful and wonderful books there were.
Many of these books are around for a short time,particularly "coffee table " books and soon are out of print.This book was first published in 1986 and the fact that it was republished in 1998 attests to both the popularity and excellence of it.Lovers of Ireland,her walls and history will treasure his unique book.
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