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Islandman

ISBN-10: 0192812335
ISBN-13: 9780192812339
Edition: 2000 (Reprint)
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Description: Tomas O'Crohan was born on the Great Blasket Island in 1865 and died there in 1937, a great master of his native Irish. He shared to the full the perilous life of a primitive community, yet possessed a shrewd and humorous detachment that enabled him  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/23/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Tomas O'Crohan was born on the Great Blasket Island in 1865 and died there in 1937, a great master of his native Irish. He shared to the full the perilous life of a primitive community, yet possessed a shrewd and humorous detachment that enabled him to observe and describe the world. His book is a valuable description of a new vanished way of life; his sole purpose in writing it was in his own words, 'to set down the character of the people about me so that some record of us might live after us, for the like of us will never be again'. The Blasket Islands are three miles off Irelands Dingle Peninsula. Until their evacuation just after the Second World War, the lives of the 150 or so Blasket Islanders had remained unchanged for centuries. A rich oral tradition of story-telling, poetry, and folktales kept alive the legends and history of the islands, and has made their literature famous throughout the world. The 7 Blasket Island books published by OUP contain memoirs and reminiscences from within this literary tradition, evoking a way of life which has now vanished.

Foreword
My Childhood
My Schooldays
Our Houses
In School and Out
My First Visit to Dingle
Bald Tom and the Old Days
My Last School
Marriage
Gathering Seaweed
Time Passes
My Manhood
The Day of the Seal Hunt
A Wife Proposed for Me
Christmas Provisions
A Merry Christmas
Shrovetide, 1878
Work and Wandering
An End to Boats and Middlemen
The Little Canoe
The Troubles of Life
The Yellow Meal
I Begin to Take an Interest in Irish
This and That
The End

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