Ronan's search for the Storyteller becomes both a journey of self-discovery, long unspoken family secrets, and an immersion into the sometimes conflicting histories of his native land.
A sweeping novel of huge ambition, Ireland is the beautifully told story of a remarkable nation. It rings with the truth of a writer passionate about his country and in full command of his craft.
©2005 Frank Delaney; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"A sprawling, riveting read....Rich and satisfying." (Publishers Weekly)
Even the first story within the story I thought was too long. The "main plot" becomes quagmired in all the "stories" that are part of this book. I was able to guess rhe answer to all the "surprises" the author had laid for the reader. Couldn't care less what became of the unlovable characters. I ended up fast-forwarding thru the last few stories because I couldn't stand it anymore. Good premise, but not executed well. I had higher expectations...
I am really captivated by this book not only for the intelligence behind the intertwining of the storyline and tales of the history of Ireland but also for the excellent presentation of it. It gives an understanding of a sense of place through its history and the nonlinear aspect of time which includes past and present.
Wonderful layers of stories. Delaney narrates with such feeling (and a rich brogue) that it seems like he lived through Ireland's history and watched the main character struggle through his life rather than merely writing a novel.
I usually listen while walking or bike riding. I took many detours to avoid postponing the next story or plot turn.
In a 19 hour book you expect to at some point feel the need to fast forward and want to speed up the story. Not so in this case. I was caught up from the minute the author started reading until the moment he finished. In fact I am saddened that it is over. It is obvious to me that Mr. Delaney knows a thing or two about writing and telling a story. Great Book!
This is a good book and a good read (er listen). However, I feel that the story of the boy gets a little lost in all the stories. There are points when I think ok lets get on with the story and cut out all the storytelling. Yet in the end it all seems to work out ok.
I really wanted to rate this book higher -- the stories within the story are superb and engaging. But by the time I had got to the third segment I was frutrated by how slowly the main plot was crawling along. Overall it was a good listen .. but just a bit too slow.
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