- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: steerforth press l.l.c.
- Audible.com Release Date: October 19, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005XB946C
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The Law of Dreams: A Novel Audiobook – Unabridged
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The writing style was interesting and unique - sort of "artsy" and "pretty", but also confusing. I found myself re-reading passages to try and understand the point.
I enjoyed the historical aspect immensely, but overall the book was just mediocre.
It is rich in period language, terminology, scenes and history. The main characters are nicely drawn and thoroughly 3 dimensional. The main protagonist is still a bit of a mystery even after spending so many adventures with him. The characters that he finds and then leaves, are like semi-illustrated tableaus which are not fully drawn even as we leave them and go on to the next.
The suffering of the Irish both in starving Ireland and in the perilous voyage comes through with real poignancy.
It is a great story and wonderful history for anyone wanting to know about the movement from here to there and is not directly from Queensland to New York, but a truly difficult path with many legs along the way.
Hard to believe this is a first novel. I can't wait for the second!
The Law of Dreams brings to awareness a virtually neglected part of Irish history, a history that has influenced, and continues to influence, millions of Irish, those of Irish descent wherever they may be, and the peoples with whom they are in relationship. The Irish Famine (i.e. starvation) by the British government in the 1840s is comparable to the Jewish Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, and the horrific events in parts of contemporary Africa, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and South America. This novel would make excellent reading for High School Students, College/University students, and ignorant history teachers/professors throughout the world. As Edmund Burke wrote: "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."
Other reviewers have talked about how much this book affects you. I am in that camp. It has had such a strong effect that my everyday "difficulties" are constantly compared to what "Fergus went through". Look around at what people are complaining about in the 21st century - give me a break!
Wow. I've never read anything that conveyed the sense of "the past" as brilliantly, or as richly, and "realistically" as this novel. The plot itself is worth the price of admission, but his prose is lush and rich and, as important, reflects the effort he made to be historically accurate.