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Alen MacWeeney: Irish Travellers: Tinkers No More Paperback – July 1, 2011
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"Though Travellers are known as a closed and clannish bunch, MacWeeney had no trouble making friends in Cherry Orchard and the other camps he went on to visit. The Travellers found it endlessly amusing to listen to the recordings he made of their singing, since most had never heard themselves before. They appreciated the rapt attention he paid to the folk tales they told him, and they treasured the portraits he gave them, sometimes fashioning foil frames for them out of chocolate wrappers. 'He'd sit down with us all, light the fire, like one of our own . . . He had time for you like,' says Kitty Flynn, a Traveller woman MacWeeney befriended." --Smithsonian
"[A spare but lovely book, a stirring cultural miscellany from a community that remains invisible to many-in both the general public and the historic record ("like so many marginalised people"). As MacWeeney notes, "Theirs was a bigger life than mine, with its daily struggle for survival"; in page after page of beautiful black and white photos, that struggle is captured in the Travellers' faces, by turns despairing, hopeful, joyous and solemn, but also belied in scenes of celebration, laughter and music-making. If there's a fault to find, it's in the volume's brevity; like the Travellers themselves, it's gone before you're ready to stop looking and learning."--Publishers' Weekly (Starred Review) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Outstanding images capturing a way of life which has pretty much disappeared. Personally, recalls lots of childhood memories with camps and caravans. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ckell
If you like 'Gypsies' by Josef Koudelka, you will also like this book. The photographs in this book are great and very much touching.Published on April 30, 2013 by Albert De Donder
Extraordinary photos of a subculture in Ireland, called both "tinkers" and "travelers". My sister worked with them in the 1960s. The book does them justice...Published on May 27, 2009 by Brooks
Tinkers were quite similar to gypsies in other parts of the world. However, modernization has nearly destroyed their existence. Read morePublished on May 9, 2009 by J. Atkins