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Invoking Ireland: Ailiu Iath n-hErend Paperback – March 12, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lilliput Pr Ltd (March 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843510790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843510796
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Moriarty has drawn together the mysticism of ÝAustralian aboriginals with that of Christian Europeans."

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John Moriarty, a native of Kerry born in 1938, was educated at Listowel and UCD. He taught English literature at Leeds and Manitoba universities before returning to Ireland in 1971. He is author of Dreamtime, a 3-volume work of philosophy called Turtle Was Gone a Long Time, and Nostos, an acclaimed autobiography.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 12, 2007
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Moriarty considers the "Transcendent Immanent," which "is bountifully immanent in the the herb that heals us, the cancer that kills us." (197) As this book is one of three written in the last year or so of his life, stricken down by three forms of the latter force of nature, I paused to reflect on the power that engages this combination of fictional narrative and mystical musings upon Ireland's mythic past and forlorn present. Reading his earlier autobiography, "Nostos" (also reviewed by me; to which he completed a sequel immediately prior to his death last June, "What the Curlew Said"), I often became disenchanted with his repetitive prose. I tended to drift off for long stretches under his incantatory, recursive, and steadily chiding rhythms. While I recognized that I may have been encountering a dazzling intellect and a sensitive soul, I recoiled from the attitude. Warming never much to Yeats, Lawrence, or Blake, I sensed Moriarty sought to reclaim their poetic mantle, while tinting such an ornate cloak with a embellished Celtic motif. The whole pattern appeared too intricate for easy appreciation, too heavy for ordinary wear. It appeared to cobble together aboriginal, Navajo, Norse, Egyptian, Christian, alchemical, and Irish contexts into what Kevin Kiely critiqued in Moriarty's career as repeating hubristic Causabon's Key to All Mythologies, famously one of (for me) the best parts of "Middlemarch"!

I had a soft spot for poor Causabon, and my generosity towards Moriarty despite his shamanic mannerisms continues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim on February 8, 2013
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It is transporting. I can't read it at bedtime, because it keeps me awake just mulling it over and over.
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