Ireland travels through the centuries by way of story after story, from the savage grip of the Ice Age to the green and troubled land of tourist brochures and news headlines. Along the way, we meet foolish kings and innocent monks, god-heroes and great works of art, shrewd Norman raiders and envoys from Rome, leaders, poets, and lovers. Each illuminates the magic of Ireland, the power of England, and the eternal connection to the land.
©2004 Frank Delaney; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks
"If you're a lover of Irish myths and history, there are rich pickings here." (Guardian)
"The writing is smooth, seductive, and intentionally didactic in its combination of history, myth, and blarney." (Sunday Telegraph)
I was not certain about this book but within a few minutes of switching on became drawn in and found it hard to switch off.
It was better than expected, as I've recently listened to some books that didn't work well in the audio version, for example, Life of Pi, which I found too rambling to follow.
This story is about a storyteller and is beautifully told and narrated by the author. Contrary to the
impression the book cover gives, it's a simple and very human tale that gently guides you through thousands of years of Irish history.
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