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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (May 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141049596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141049595
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A masterpiece of travel and topographical writing, and an incomparable and enthralling meditation on times past ... This perfectly pitched work opens readers up to the world around them Sunday Times Robinson is a marvel ... the supreme practitioner of geo-graphy, the writing of places -- Fintan O'Toole Observer (Books of the Year) He is that rarest of phenomena, a scientist and an artist, and his method is to combine scientific rigour with artistic reverie in a seamless blend that both informs and delights. -- John Banville Guardian Remarkable The Times He is the nearest thing we have to a living legend, this side of Famous Seamus - one of the few people from our world whose name will still be known a century on Irish Times Tim Robinson is the Proust of the western seaboard, a Ruskin of the isles New Statesman Will endure into the far future ... He knows this world as no one else does, and writes about it with awe and love, but also with measured grace, an artist's eye and a scientist's sensibility -- Colm Toibin Sunday Business Post (Books of the Year) An extraordinary monument Irish Independent Anyone willing to get lost in this book will be left with many indelible mental images of places they may never have visited but will now never forget -- Dermot Bolger Irish Mail on Sunday Captivating Independent Breathtaking ... the West of Ireland has found its ultimate laureate -- Patricia Craig TLS

About the Author

A native of Yorkshire, Tim Robinson moved to the Aran Islands in 1972. He is the author of the two-volume Stones of Aran and ofcollections of essays, and maps of the Aran Islands, the Burren and Connemara. Connemara: Listening to the Wind, published in 2006, won the Irish Book Award for Non-fiction. Connemara: The Last Pool of Darkness followed in 2008. Since 1984 Tim Robinson has lived in Roundstone, Connemara.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2013
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While the last published of this trilogy, Robinson tells us first off it's meant to be the second installment. It nestles into the southern Connemara coastline. Concluding this exhaustive investigation of this Irish-speaking (if increasingly threatened) enclave thirty-odd miles west of Galway city, this Cambridge-trained mathematician turned Connacht cartographer tracks down its traditional place names and wanders in the lore and the landscapes of these locales near his Roundstone residence the past thirty years. The Atlantic pounds these shores with only slightly less fury than on the Aran Islands, the chief of which marked his earlier map and two books in the 1970s and 1980s.

Now, nearing eighty, Robinson circles the last lap of his adopted home turf. He begins at Ros Muc, the "little Gaelic kingdom" envisioned by Patrick Pearse a century before, and looks at other writers, natives influenced by uneasy terrain, such as Pádraig Ó Conaire and Cáitlín Maude. Robinson deftly shows the tension in the former author's novels and the latter poet's terse, "tired" verse.

In "An Piarsach"'s adopted realm, Robinson finds "a glint of comedy" during Pearse's arrival. It's "not the last of the mutual misunderstandings between ruler and subjects of the little Gaelic kingdom-to-be, for the former came with an ideal of the latter that no one east of Tír na nÓg could ever have lived up to." (30) Robinson circles from where Pearse yearned to revive both a language and a nation.

The Irish language, despite Pearse's rural and urban ambitions, recedes a century later.
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Tim Robinson knows the bays and inlets, bogs and hills of which he writes. He captures the essence of a land that is difficult to know but well worth knowing. With his wealth of knowledge and experience he brings life to - and explains life in - the rocky glory of Connemara.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean Connelly on November 19, 2013
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Tim Robinson is a spectacular writer possessed of knowledge from many disciplines. His books are meant to be lived in, and offer spectacular rewards.
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