Setting Foot on the Shores of Connemara and other Writings
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Setting Foot on the Shores of Connemara and other Writings

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Masterful essays about nature, geography, and life in the mysterious and unique lands of western IrelandTim Robinson is one of Ireland's finest natural history writers. His magisterial two volume work, Stones of Aran, has been called the best non-fiction writing to come out of Ireland in the last quarter century -- a "revelation of total environment" (Irish Times), "truly...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published April 18th 1997 by Lilliput Press
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I've heard Tim Robinson called Ireland's modern Thoreau, a claim I can't really endorse. (Way less nature writing, more cartography and anthropology. A bit of oral history for good measure. Excellent writing throughout.)

Although I didn't love this book, I loved parts of it and it's quite good. Robinson is at his strongest when he discusses landscapes; at his weakest, I think, with larger historical summaries. He is not a writer of history; he's a writer of land and its variety and meanings.

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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...more
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Connemara: Listening to the Wind (Connemara Trilogy #1) Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage (Stones of Aran #1) Connemara: The Last Pool of Darkness (Connemara Trilogy #2) Stones of Aran: Labyrinth (Stones of Aran #2) Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom (Connemara Trilogy #3)

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