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The Definitive book on The Irish,
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This review is from: Paddy's Lament, Ireland 1846-1847: Prelude to Hatred (Paperback)
Of all the books I've read by or about the Irish, this is by far the best. In trying to trace my heritage I have read everything from The Tain and books on Irish myth and legend, to bios on the likes of DeValera and Collins, to contemporary fiction by the likes of Emer Martin, Colum McCann and Patrick McCabe. But this book, by Thomas Gallagher, has been the only book that so vividly reveals what exactly happened in Ireland, why, and what it was like. Much like one of the previous reviewers, I had to put the book down several times, as I was so overcome by what I can only describe as grief. I would recommend also (as a companion to Paddy's Lament) the book "Mother Ireland" by Edna O'Brien, which is essentially an essay (or series of essays) of what Ireland was like for her. Very powerful. But be warned: While both books are eminently readable, neither is "easy" reading ... both of these books are filled with sorrow, shame, and much suffering. However, you will never see The Irish in quite the same way, and develop a renewed sense of Ireland's ultimate resourcefulness and courage.
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Initial post: Oct 9, 2015, 5:56:56 PM PDT
B.J. Murphy says:
An absolute must read: ' THE GREAT HUNGER ' published 1962; written by British Historian Cecile Woodham-Smith; definitive account of the horrific (for lack of a better word) events on the Emerald Isle 1854-1859.
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