on 15 November 2001
Kiberd's book 'Inventing Ireland' is an examination of how the conception of Ireland and Irishness is reached. What are its components and how are they determined? In addressing this, Kiberd takes the reader on a tour of literary and cultural Ireland. He investigates the affect of colonialisation on Ireland and how Britain still impacts on Irishness. In this discussion he includes the experiences of expatriates in Britain who, he argues, have to 'don the mask of Paddy' in order to be acceptable as really Irish for a British public. Kiberd's argument that the inventors of Ireland are the Irish in Ireland, the Irish diaspora and the British is a stimulating approach which draws on the traditions of Fanon, du Bois and Memmi.
on 31 October 2004
Good book, good information. But, as a general reader, I find it a bit too full. I would prefer some illustrations, pictures but there are none. I'm still ploughing through it occasionally when the notion takes me. But, its probably not a book I will ever actually get finished!! One for the academics, who will probably get their information from other sources rather than all in the one book!! If you've all the time in the world for reading and nothing else to do, then this one is for you!! But, Declan Kibberd is a good writer and what I have read was very interesting!