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Frank Delaney s Ireland is my kind of novel Rich with character, history, and lyrical language, it is at once the chronicle of a nation and the coming of age tale of a young man The story opens with the arrival of a man who may be Ireland s last itinerant storyteller, and from the moment he lights his pipe by the fireside, and begins describing the evolution of prehistoric New Grange, his audience is enthralled As is Ronan, who from that evening on finds his career and his very life shaped by this enigmatic, nameless wanderer The millenium long, traumatic epic of a nation s building, the travails of a single 20th century family, the beauty of the landscape, the pain of loss, forgiveness and love, poets and leprechauns it s all here, fascinating and beautifully expressed If the book has a flaw, it s in its length Though it bogs down after the halfway mark, Delaney s riveting conclusionthan makes up for that Highly recommended for lovers of good historical fiction. I just could not get into this book at all I found the tales to be boring and the storytelling even worse I have many Irish friends who are able to tell a tale in a most fun and witty way They are never boring and with that true Irish wit and the glint in their eyes, they weave a story that amazes and thrills you or perhaps it is that wonderful accent and laugh they all seem to have naturally Frank Delaney, unfortunately, could not seem to muster up any enthusiasm in this reader He made me dread going back to a book I knew or at least I thought I knew, I was going to love What a big disappointment Where was that Irish charm, those wonderful folktales, or even where was that pot of gold we always hope to find in the Irish rainbow s end Sadly, this was definitely missing in this book.I made it halfway and even had my husband read it He has a lotIrish in him than I and he could not even get past the first 100 pages.So, sorry to say, this is my second book of the month that has gotten a no can do from me I have to say this is a record for meI have never quit two books in a row before. [Download E-pub] ☫ Ireland ☪ In The Winter Of , A Storyteller Arrives At The Home Of Nine Year Old Ronan O Mara In The Irish Countryside The Last Practitioner Of An Honored, Centuries Old Tradition, The Seanchai Enthralls His Assembled Audience For Three Evenings Running With Narratives Of Foolish Kings And Fabled Saints, Of Enduring Accomplishments And Selfless Acts Until He Is Banished From The Household For Blasphemy And Moves On But These Three Incomparable Nights Have Changed Young Ronan Forever, Setting Him On The Course He Will Follow For Years To Come As He Pursues The Elusive, Itinerant Storyteller And The Magical Tales That Are No Less Than The Glorious Saga Of His Tenacious, Troubled, And Extraordinary Isle Frank Delaney s Ireland reminds me of a caduceus, like the staff of the Greek god Hermes, with two intertwined serpents One of the serpents is the story of a young man named Ronan O Mara, son of a prosperous Irish attorney, who falls under the spell of the last of the traveling storytellers, known in Gaelic as a seanchai The other thread or serpent is the story of Ireland itself, from prehistoric times at Newgrange to the Easter Rebellion of 1916 in Dublin In between Ronan s quest to meet up with the storyteller, we are regaled with a series of anecdotal episodes from Irish history, many heavily laden with mythical overtones Not that it matters to me I have always been interested in Irish history and realized from the outset that the mythical elements form a large part of it I keep harking back to that line from John Ford s film and was he not an Irishman The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance When the legend becomes fact, print the legend I have always loved stories Many of my favorite writers men like Nikolai Leskov, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Robert Louis Stevenson were great storytellers, who, like the Irish seanchai, belonged in a very special way to the land of their birth In his essay on Leskov reprinted in Illuminations , Walter Benjamin rues what has become of the story The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out This, however, is a process that has been going on for a long time And nothing would befatuous than to want to see in it merely a symptom of decay, let alone a modern symptom It is, rather, only a concomitant symptom of the secular productive forces of history, a concomitant that has quite gradually removed narrative from the realm of living speech and at the same time is making it possible to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.Ireland is perhaps a bit behindhand in this secular process, as I recall from the good priests and nuns of my Catholic education, and that is a good thing for those of us who love a good tale Allow me to end with the storyteller himself, on the last page of Ireland Conveniently for me, I liken Ireland to whiskey in a glass a cone of amber, a self contained passage of time, a place apart, reaching out to the world with sometimes an an acrid taste, a definite excess of personality, telling her story to all who would listen, hauling them forward by the lapels of their coats until they hear, whether they want to or not But always, always the story is the teller and the teller is the story.This is the first of a score orbooks I plan to read this year featuring those tales of Ireland tales told by historians, poets, and storytellers like Frank Delaney, a worthy practitioner of his craft. This book was a gift from my dad, it is the story of a Irish boy whose life is changed by the visit of a storyteller at his familys home in the 50 s When the storyteller leaves town due to the frostyness and strait out bitch of a mother,the boy becomes obsessed with finding the Storyteller and learning all he can from him.So this was moved to the top of the reading pile because the Irish boy s name was Ronan and my sons name is Ronan and he is my most favourite person ever.This is my Ronan He is a cheeky monkey but chances are he would not be too impressed by a travelling storyteller, nore would it alter his course in life, the course right now has a lot to do with getting out into space and taking pictures of planets with my cell phone,its not a great life course but he seems committed to it.Anyway through out this story we get different tales of Ireland which were great Brain Boru,St.Patrick,poetry but this was 700 pages I just could not get what made book Ronan tick Why the obsession with the stoyteller Why so anti social No interest in girls or boys or religion I just didn t get him There is a twist mid book which I did not see coming but was interesting and shedlight on the family situation We have chapters and chapters on discussions with teachers, or towns people but then one paragraph to another we skip ahead like 3 or 5 years and are move on to somthing different with Ronan as he grows older, I felt the author at times did not give enough explanantion to Ronans inner thought or emotions it was a lot of and then this happened If I stopped this book halfway through when the first twist was revealed I would have probably given this 4 or 5 stars because I really enjoyed it but the extra 400 pages rubbed me the wrong way. Frank Delaney has taken the legends of Ireland and the woven them together through charmingly written stories told by a wandering storyteller The life of the storyteller becomes intertwined with one special boy who is entranced by both the stories and the teller of the stories. A slow, winding read about the central stories that make up the core of Ireland s mythology and history The novel is framed by the story of Ronan O Mara, who journeys through a great swath of the countryside in search of an itinerant storyteller, a Seanchai, who created an enigmatic obsession in him when he was young Braided throughout his search are the facts and fictions of the country, as told by the mysterious storyteller Newgrange, Strongbow, the Battle of the Boyne, St Patrick, Hugh O Neill, the creation of Handel s Messiah and its first performance in Dublin, the Easter Uprising, are but to name a few of the stories The reader also learns about the penal laws, the land laws, and the further depredations levied at the Irish people by the British Yet, the book focuses on the beauty and ancient profundity of the island Small little things interested me, like the linguistic history of Uileann pipes uile is an Irish word for elbow or that Galway is called the City of the Tribes, a city that aches with memories of those who made the long and, in those days, forced and never to be retraced journey to the New World Did you know that Ireland is the only country whose national symbol is a musical instrument Do you know the Irish origin of the word boycott The book is sentimental, to be sure However, since I ll be traveling there next month, I think the stories in this book will help bring the history of the country to life for me in a way that a copy of Lonely Planet s guidebook could not Despite the contrivance of the frame story, and the slow nature of the episodic pacing, the book is a deep and heartfelt ode to Ireland. Excellent narration and story telling on the history of Ireland. I read this for my book club and did not look forward to it What a surprise I was enchanted by the storyteller s tales The novel has both a plot and a history of the stories told by a traditional storyteller in Ireland Ireland has had a rich history of itinerant storytellers, and it was as if I were being read to rather than reading it myself Frank Delaney s goal is to tell the history of Ireland during the course of his life s work If any of his other books are anything like this one, I look forward to listening. Ireland, by Frank Delaney, is a compelling and in some ways remarkable book When I found it I was looking for a history of Ireland I didn t get that, or at least not exactly This is a story of Ireland, told by examining the lives of several Irish individuals The main theme of the book is that you can t really understand Ireland with just names, dates, and facts To really understand the country and its people you must hear the stories behind the history, and the author does exactly that using some rather clever narrative devices throughout.In the first act, we meet a young boy who is visited by a wait for it travelling storyteller with a penchant for walking around Ireland telling the stories that make up the history of his beloved country In act two the boy is grown and, through a series of events sown together by a strange connection to the storyteller, finds himself walking the streets and countryside of Ireland hearing stories and telling a few of his own In the third act the boy, now a man and notable historian in his own right, continues his pursuit of the storyteller and ends up finding himself in the process If all this sounds a bit contrived and superficial, it isn t I don t want to spoil the story, but suffice it to say that Delaney weaves a rich, highly textured tapestry of characters and history that I couldn t put down I hadn t read much of any Irish history before this book, but I ve gained a new found respect and admiration for this tiny country and a people that have had an enormous impact on the world Highly recommended.