Twenty Years A-Growing (Oxford Paperbacks) Paperback – 17 Feb 1983
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I was fascinated by the language of the book, originally written in Irish: much of the idiom of that language had been retained in the English Translation (Paul Buttle - The Independent)
Part of a unique and remarkable Irish literary archive ... compelling. (Neil Johnston, Belfast Telegraph, 24/6/00)
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About the Author Maurice O'Sullivan
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In an introduction to the English translation, E.M. Forster writes that Moya Llewelyn Davies (one of the two translators from the original Irish) "is in sensitive touch with the instincts of her countryside".
I have enjoyed both the English and the Irish editions and believe that Moya was the key to the lightness and the lustre of the translation.
Moya was a great "natural" gaelic scholar. Like George, Moya gets a mention in the text when Muiris (the young islander) visits Dublin for the first time. He stays at Moya's "castle" in Killester on the outskirts of the city. O'Sullivan and Moya were life-long friends. In time, I believe the reputation of O'Sullivan will grow to the point where his anthropological masterpiece will become a cornerstone work for serious students of social studies and indeed I believe it has great potential as a more widely-read piece of complete entertainment.
Moya Llewelyn Davies is an almost forgotton figure in Irish History despite her intimate closeness to Michael Collins and her pivitol role in the independence movement and the Anglo-Irish peace process of 1921.
Moya's story ("magnificent lamp alight above the door") will be told soon and it would be fitting if her portrait could hang alongside O'Sullivan's and Thomson's in the National Gallery in Dublin where they belong.Read more ›
"Twenty Years A-Growin" first published in 1933, is rich in human observation and family bonds. It chronicles a now sadly lost way life. That O'Sullivan loved the life is clear from his book. It has a remarkable style and lyrical quality no doubt gleaned from from the folk tales he heard at his Grandfathers fireside. These must have sharpened an already lively imagination.Read more ›
It was while reading another book whose Author mentioned how much he had loved it that brought me to read
this beautiful book I am so pleased I did...
His book is a valuable glimpse of an Ireland that is gone, an old Ireland; one that will no longer open its doors to the casual observer. One that has gone the way of the turf and the curragh. Ireland's literary tradition is without peer, more so when one considers the few that called her home; and this is yet another wonderful work brimming with beauty and humour.
Inside is the raw uncut Ireland, long before tourism tainted her waters, and politicians ruined her clothes. Every page inspires with its simplicity yet delightful prose and warmth.
A gem, that gleams long in the memory, well after the last page has whispered to a close.
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a good social history of a time that has gone, written by one who was there throughout those declining years; it strikes a strong note on the side of people who believe that... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Annie C
A splendid book, carried along by the Maurice O'Sullivan's joy of life and community. The sub-plot of the translator's role in the sotry is equally as fascinating.Published 11 months ago by C. Nicholls
Very well written for someone with little schooling - delightful! Gives interesting & stimulating insights into a way of life that's almost gone.Published 12 months ago by Anna-Marie White
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