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The Great Shame is hypnotically readable, partly because Keneally weaves his many narrative strands so expertly and touches his story with many moments of beautiful writing, but also because it is all, even at its most extraordinary, completely true. The result is astonishingly vivid. What The Great Shame most resembles is a classic 19th-century novel: Dickens, say, or George Eliot. Readers avidly follow Keneally's characters through their successes and their trials, until the very last sentence in the book when, like a master from the classic age of the novel, Keneally pays tribute to "the piquant blood and potent ghosts of the characters to whom we now bid goodbye." --Adam Roberts --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This author certainly did his research and I was so impressed with the details that were on every page.
Even the Irish ,however you want to define what is Irish,will find that the spread and influence of the Irish is far greater than ever realized.
I found the writing to be very dense requiring more time than I normally would take to read such a book.
A long and sometimes tiring read, but it is a very good book. The historical events in Australia and America is an accurate depiction of the importance of the Irish.Published 2 months ago by Bay Rat
This book could make the reader angry. That speaks to the quality of the writing. It's well researched. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jon R. Dickson
The author provides an epic story of the introduction of the Irish in the land "down under", mostly as imprisoned felons. Read morePublished 18 months ago by vdwilliams
The weaving of history and the stories of real people's lives, accounts was hard to follow. Maybe too much detail, maybe style, maybe it's because I'm a weak reader.Published 18 months ago by Henry William Kalweit
I very much wanted to love this book because I hoped it would be what Keneally describes in his preface as his hope as well: an Irish version of his masterwork, Schindler's List,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Beth Quinn Barnard
800 pages is a lot so slog through, but now we know how instrumental the Irish have been to the history of the New World! Well worth the time.Published 21 months ago by Bam
What an incredable job Mr. Kineally did researching this book, just the credits He gives for sources and help for researching fill a couple pages. Read morePublished 22 months ago by G. Goltz
I have read stories of Irish people written in a newer and more interesting and enlightened way. One can encounter different emphases and biases in reading the histories... Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Robert Martin