Translations: A Play
The action takes place in late August 1833 at a hedge-school in the townland of Baile Beag, an Irish-speaking community in County Donegal. In a nearby field camps a recently arrived detachment of the Royal Engineers, making the first Ordnance Survey. For the purposes of cartography, the local Gaelic place names have to be recorded and rendered into English. In examining the effects of this operation on the lives of a small group, Brian Friel skillfully reveals the far-reaching personal and cultural effects of an action which is at first sight purely administrative.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jawalter - LibraryThing
About the only thing I can say against this play is that I'm completely incapable of imagining it inside my head. The Celtic words are so strange that they continually drag me away from the play, as I ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - baswood - LibraryThing
Its a short three act play set in Ireland in 1833. English soldiers from the Royal Engineers have set up camp near a small catholic community in order to check the maps of the area and to Anglicise ... Read full review