The Irish Potato Famine

The History and Legacy of the Mass Starvation in Ireland During the 19th Century
Narrated by: Dave Wright
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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"I have called it an artificial famine: that is to say, it was a famine which desolated a rich and fertile island that produced every year abundance and superabundance to sustain all her people and many more. The English, indeed, call the famine a 'dispensation of Providence' and ascribe it entirely to the blight on potatoes. But potatoes failed in like manner all over Europe; yet there was no famine save in Ireland." (John Mitchel, Young Ireland Movement)

Anyone who has ever heard of "the luck of the Irish" knows it is not something to wish on someone, for few people in the British Isles have ever suffered as the Irish have. As one commissioner looking into the situation in Ireland wrote in February 1845, "It would be impossible adequately to describe the privations which they habitually and silently endure.... In many districts their only food is the potato, their only beverage water.... [T]heir cabins are seldom a protection against the weather.... [A] bed or a blanket is a rare luxury...and nearly in all their pig and a manure heap constitute their only property." Even his fellow commissioners agreed and expressed "our strong sense of the patient endurance which the laboring classes have exhibited under sufferings greater, we believe, than the people of any other country in Europe have to sustain".

Still, in their long history of suffering, nothing was ever so terrible as what the Irish endured during the Great Potato Famine that struck the country in the 1840s. It produced massive upheaval for several years. While countless numbers of Irish starved, the famine also compelled many to leave. And all the while, the British were exporting enough food from Ireland on a daily basis to prevent the starvation.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

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The horror of it all

A good accounting of the 10 years potato famine in Ireland between 1845-55 and the revelation that it was deliberately used to exterminate the Irish people.

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Reader was pretty boring

While I found the information interesting, the reader was dull -- making a dry subject drier than necessary.

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  • 03-05-16

poor performance ruined the book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. See below.

What was most disappointing about Charles River Editors’s story?

The narrator's monotone voice nearly put me to sleep. It didn't help that he began the book with the worst Irish accent I've ever heard! I couldn't get past chapter 1.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dave Wright’s performances?

No