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.
Jul 15, 2010
Can't review - didn't receive
This vendor was the closest of all of the three- however, they said they couldn't ship because the Post Office said this was an incorrect address. In the 30+ years I have lived at this address I have never been told
this. I received the other 2 books with the same address on them as this one without a hitch.
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.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-07-09 Seventy-five years after the death of Charles O'Brien, an Anglo-Irish itinerant healer and occasional journalist born in 1860, his memoir is discovered in a trunk. The result is this touching novel from Ireland author Delaney, in which the manuscript's putative discoverer adds his own unreliable commentary to the fictive Charles's probably embellished perceptions-making for a glowing composite of a volatile Ireland. Charles claims to treat Oscar Wilde on his deathbed; advise a young James Joyce ("When you write... be sure to make it complicated. It will retain people's attention"); tell an appreciative Yeats the story of Finn MacCool; and inadvertently bring down Charles Stewart Parnell. He also meets the founders and leaders of Sinn Fein and the IRA, and will, as will Ireland itself, entwine his fate with theirs. And at 40, never-married Charles meets the love of his life, 18-year-old April Burke, an Englishwoman who repeatedly spurns him and exploits him, but who has a large role to play in his life. The narrator claims that his interest in Charles and April is academic, but he eventually confesses that he suspects their stories have some personal relationship to his own. Delaney's confident storytelling and quirky characterizations enrich a fascinating and complex period of Irish history. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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