Connemara: Listening to the Wind

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Penguin UK, Jun 19, 2007 - Travel - 448 pages
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The first volume in Tim Robinson's phenomenal Connemara Trilogy - which Robert Macfarlane has called 'One of the most remarkable non-fiction projects undertaken in English'.

In its landscape, history and folklore, Connemara is a singular region: ill-defined geographically, and yet unmistakably a place apart from the rest of Ireland. Tim Robinson, who established himself as Ireland's most brilliant living non-fiction writer with the two-volume Stones of Aran, moved from Aran to Connemara nearly twenty years ago. This book is the result of his extraordinary engagement with the mountains, bogs and shorelines of the region, and with its folklore and its often terrible history: a work as beautiful and surprising as the place it attempts to describe.

Chosen as a book of the year by Iain Sinclair, Robert Macfarlane and Colm Tóibín

'Dazzling ... an indubitable classic' Giles Foden, Condé Nast Traveller

'One of contemporary Ireland's finest literary stylists' Joseph O'Connor, Guardian


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User Review  - dazzyj - LibraryThing

A beautifully written and intensive exploration of the geology, geography, ecology and history of a place. Not without its longeurs, but a wonderful enterprise nonetheless to preserve Connemara in paper and ink against the homogenisation of modern life. Read full review


The Sound of the Past and the Moment of Writing
Dead Mans Grave and Halfway House
Superincumbent Intellect
The Last of the Turf
Climbing Errisbeg
Dinner at Letterdyfe
Inis Ní in Winter
The Catchment
Tales to Lengthen the Road
The Demesne
The Masters of Ballynahinch
Walking the Skyline
The Cuckoo of the Wood

and a note on Costa del Sod
The Boneyard
Ogygia Lost
Holiday Island
The Wind Through the House
The Neighbours
Forgotten Roundstone
Glass Marble Steam Fire
Curse and Blessing

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About the author (2007)

A native of Yorkshire, Tim Robinson moved to the Aran Islands in 1972. His books include the celebrated two-volume Stones of Aran. Since 1984 he has lived in Roundstone, Connemara.

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