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A great story. The healer is smitten with love in a land torn by Irish Catholic history and English domination. His agony and agonizing finally finds healing with an ending that commends the author. Enjoy.
Apr 27, 2008
Long, slow and good
The question is--what is wrong with long and slow, especially when the book is good. I would not say that I was glued to the page, but it's the kind of novel from which you emerge knowing you will not forget its people, its landscape, and its power. If you want a history of modern Ireland woven into a fictional narrative by a compelling Irish storyteller,Tipperary qualifies. Delaney crafts his plot with skill, so that even though you need more than a normal degree of the willing suspension of disbelief, you are happy to give it. You may not like the woman to whom O'Brien dedicates his life. But as he works away to restore the beauty of her mansion, the years craft him into the kind of heroic maturity that makes him a symbol of Ireland itself--or at least Ireland's peaceful heart. Lots of archetypes, lots of cameos of the famous, lots of sadness but an ultimate triumph.
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