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Far from the Land: An Irish Memoir
The setting of Far From the Land is rural Ireland in the 1950s. Thomas Rice has written a memoir about a way of life that no longer exists: no running water, no toilets, no electricity, and little access to education, jobs or basic health care. Early on the story plunges into a culture haunted by recent memories of famines and still showing some of the scars from The Great ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by iUniverse
(first published 2009)
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Apr 16, 2010 Boof rated it really liked it
It's been quite a while since I've read a memoir. I used to devour them when I was younger but in recent years I have got so sick of seeing the mis-mems littering the shelves in supermarkets and bookshops: "Don't Hit me with That Bottle of Vodka, Mummy" or "Daddy, Please Don't Make Me Steel Another Packet of Cigarettes For You " (you get the picture). Something about the Far From the Land caught my interest though; a mixture of the cover (which I think if beautiful) and the fact that it isn't a ...more
To say I loved this memoir would not be enough to express my feelings as I read this book. I am third generation Irish and I had knowledge on what living conditions were in Ireland found this story fascinating. He tells of his absent father who only came around every so often,and how his mother Maggie O'Toole, who was an amazing woman in her own right, held the family together with love and also discipline. Thomas becomes the man at an early age and helps out on the farm, plowing,seeding,harvest ...more