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Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage (Stones of Aran #1)

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Tim Robinson’s epic exploration of the desolate, storm-lashed, limestone rocks, which have already haunted generations of Irish writers, takes the form of a clockwise journey around the coast. Every cliff, inlet and headland reveals layers of myth and historical memory, and Robinson makes beautifully crafted observations about the habits of birds, plants and the humans who ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 2nd 1991 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1986)
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Kathleen
Jun 27, 2014 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vagabonds, melancholy
If you have been to Aran, or plan to go, or long to go, this book can serve as an aid to memory, an introduction, or a way there. But be warned: the reading demands care and a kind of faith—namely, that walking in circles is not for nothing.

I carted this (very elegant—bless the NYRB) little volume around everywhere last winter—friends eventually started asking “Haven’t you been reading that for like, months?” At which point I would explain this pilgrim’s lack of progress by reading them the foll
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Ed
Apr 14, 2013 Ed rated it it was amazing
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A walking meditation round the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. History, archaeology, geology, natural history but above all a grand Irish slowing down written by an English mathematician and long time resident of the main island. Brain......slows.....down.....nicely....
Padraic
Feb 25, 2014 Padraic rated it it was amazing
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A stone classic - pardon the pun - of close-up geography. More words per square foot of island than any other book I know, and he only traced the shores. Can't wait to read volume 2 - well, maybe wait a month. Robinson (an Englishman - well, an ex-pat in that he abandoned Yorkshire for the West, but a Pat too) devotes a larger volume to the stone riddled interior of Arainn - then goes on to write 3 volumes on Connemara alone. As if single-handedly trying to make up for what British Ordnance Surv ...more
Caroline
Apr 15, 2015 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Read years ago, and it killed me to wait forever for the second volume.
Liam Day
It requires patience, something I'm sure the author intended, but, with it, there is a lot here for a reader to dig into: geology, botany, cultural history, myth and folklore. Highly recommend.
Nelleke
Maybe it is the dutch translation, but I didn't like this book as much as I expected. Been twice to the Aran islands, so it was interesting to read. But the writer or translator used such long and difficult sentences that I found it hard to concentrate on the text.
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Jul 17, 2010 Jrobertus rated it really liked it
I have just begun this unusual book. An English author walks around the Aran island off the west coast of Ireland, narrating about the landscape, the history and local lore. He writes elegantly, and this book draws you in to the journey. Who knew?
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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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