313th out of 327 books — 178 voters
Connemara: Listening to the Wind (Connemara Trilogy #1)
by Tim Robinson
In 1999, Tim Robinson established himself as one of Ireland's most brilliant nonfiction writers with the two-volume Stones of Aran, a tribute to the unspoiled wild of Ireland's Aran Islands. With Connemara, he creates an indelible portrait of a small corner of the world. From the unmarked graves of unbaptized infants to the shimmering peaks of the Twelve Pins, Robinson bri...more
Hardcover, 439 pages
Published January 28th 2006 by Penguin Ireland
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May 02, 2008 Padraic rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who remain
Robinson is a crazy man - British living in Ireland, a mathematician by trade, and obsessed by the notion of place. His concern: of all that modernity has stripped from us, our loss of a sense of rootedness, of knowing the ground beneath us, is the biggest. Crazy Jane Talks to the Cartographer.
I wanted very much to love this book, about a gorgeous region and town I fell in love with; the book was also a gift. While I found several passages very engaging, overall I could never get in to it. I am sure some people will love the meandering style, and Robinson is a more than competent writer, but - and I am surprising myself here- I needed more meat tying together the narrative. There are some nice turns of phrase from Robinson and thoughtful mini-essays within, on ecology, wind turbines a...more
A beautiful book. As reflective as meditation. While the odd chapter might be a bit local to someone who doesn't know the area, for the most part it is universal. Robinson walks through the bogs of Connemara at one with the environment. There is history, biology, archeology, geology in every step. Enlightening and uplifting.One of the best books I have read in a long time.
This joyous exploration of a place I am very familiar with is not about Galway. It is about looking. It is about the importance of stopping to smell, taste, feel and explore the worlds we live in. it is about experience. And it is quietly engrossing with a seductive and conversational erudition.
A native of Yorkshire, Tim Robinson studied maths at Cambridge and then worked for many years as a visual artist in Istanbul, Vienna and London, among other places. In 1972 he moved to the Aran Islands. In 1986 his first book, Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage, was published to great acclaim. The second volume of Stones of Aran, subtitled Labyrinth, appeared in 1995. His latest book is Connemara. Since 1...moreMore about Tim Robinson...