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on 28 January 2014
The author once again highlights how the landscape we come from, the culture it helps generates are all part of who we are.

This is book is about a journey through Ireland, it culture, landscape and history. Therefore there are some challenging comments about the English (if you are English, like me) that I broadly agree with, but would challenge the simplicity of the logic and interpretation of how the events unfolded. However, this is another great , thought provoking book that demonstrates RS's research skills, analysis and deep, intelligent thinking; all superbly written
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on 2 January 2014
"A Book of Migrations" is structured around a trip Rebecca Solnit took around Ireland in 1994. Her account of the landscapes she traversed (largely by foot) is buttressed with reflections on ancestry, ethnicity, history, literature, and belonging. Although charmed by the people she meets, Solnit is clear-eyed about the complexities of the country and how it is perceived at home and in her native (a problematic word?) USA. Her own status as a tourist and, by virtue of her emigrant grandparents, Irish passport holder is also interrogated, as Solnit remarks "Tourism, foreignness, is a virus many tourists suspect everyone but themselves of carrying." All in all this is a stimulating, sharp, and lyrical book which does an excellent job of bringing Ireland's ancient and very recent past to life.
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