Bookish Links — March 2017

It’s the last day of Reading Ireland Month, so this month’s installment of “Bookish Links” is going to include only links about Irish books and writers. First off, there’s the official Reading Ireland Month link-up, which you can check out here. Here, Seamus Heaney’s daughter Catherine writes for The Guardian about the famous photograph ofContinue reading “Bookish Links — March 2017”

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Book Review: History of the Rain by Niall Williams

A while back, a friend of mine, after finding out that I love Irish literature, recommended this book to me. I’m terribly glad that he did. The one-sentence review he gave of it on his blog sums it up pretty nicely: β€œThis is a thing of beauty.” Just the same, I’d like to add a few words to that.

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Book Review: Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane

Reading in the Dark follows its young, unnamed narrator throughout his life in the Northern Irish city of Derry just before the Troubles. As the son of a working-class Catholic family, he already faces challenges that most boys his age would not usually meet. Soon, though, his life takes a much darker turn when his dying grandfather confesses to a crime committed decades earlier. Little by little, this boy begins to piece together the history that his family has tried for so long to keep hidden.

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On Yeats’s “Mongan Thinks of His Past Greatness”

While I’m devoting an entire month to Irish literature, I thought I’d talk about one of my favorite Irish poems, W. B. Yeats’s “Mongan Thinks of His Past Greatness.” It’s not a very popular poem, for reasons which will become clear in a minute. Nevertheless, it was one of the first Yeats poems I everContinue reading “On Yeats’s “Mongan Thinks of His Past Greatness””

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Book Review: Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney

Welcome to the second week of Reading Ireland Month! You can learn more about the event at 746 Books, and check out the rest of the Reading Ireland posts here.
So, a while back, I bought a copy of Poems: 1965-1975, a collection containing all of the poems from Seamus Heaney’s first four books. Or, so I thought. Once I got it home, I noticed this little note on the copyright page:

Seven poems that appeared in the original edition of Death of a Naturalist are not included in this volume.

I assumed that this must be the work of some nosy editor at FSG, but then I happened to come across this excerpt from one of Dennis O’Driscoll’s interviews with Heaney:

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Book Review: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Year of First Publication: 1912 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2009 Number of Pages: N/A Publisher: Project Gutenberg Genre: Drama, Comedy Find it on Project Gutenberg or in paperback. (Disclosure: the last one is an affiliate link.) We kick off this year’s Reading Ireland Month with one of the great classics of Irish drama.Continue reading “Book Review: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw”

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Coming Soon to a Blog Near You: Reading Ireland Month 2017

Greetings, readers! A quick programming note: starting next week, I’ll be participating in Reading Ireland Month, also known as Begorrathon. What is Reading Ireland Month, you ask? It’s a yearly blog event hosted by Cathy at 746 Books and Niall from The Fluff Is Raging. Basically, it’s a whole month of people blogging about IrishContinue reading “Coming Soon to a Blog Near You: Reading Ireland Month 2017”

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