On an Irish Island: The Lost World of the Great Blasket (Paperback)

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    ROBERT KANIGEL is the author of six previous books. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Grady-Stack Award for science writing. His book The Man Who Knew Infinity was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Harvard Magazine, and Psychology Today. He has just retired as Professor of Science Writing at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and now lives in Baltimore.

    On an Irish Island tells the remarkable story of a remote outpost nearly untouched by time in the first half of the twentieth century, and of the adventurous men and women who visited and were inspired by it.

    In a love letter to a vanished way of life, Robert Kanigel brings to life this wildly beautiful island, notable for the vivid communal life of its residents and the unadulterated Irish they spoke well into the twentieth century. With the Irish language rapidly disappearing, Great Blasket became a magnet for scholars, linguists, and writers during the Gaelic renaissance. As we follow these visitors—among them John Millington Synge, author of The Playboy of the Western World—we are captivated both by the tiny group of islanders who kept an entire country’s past alive and by their complex relationships with those who brought the island’s story to the larger world.

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    ISBN 9780307389879
    Genre HISTORY / Europe / Ireland
    Format Paperback
    Pages 320
    Publisher Date 2013-02-26 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Vintage Books
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.7 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Lost World of the Great Blasket
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Kanigel, Robert
    Country of Origin United States

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