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The Islandman by Tomás Ó Crohan
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Picked this up at a used book sale outside Dublin and started reading it on the train back to downtown. From the foreward: "It was the first attempt by a peasant of the old school, practically uneducated in the modern sense, though highly trained in the tradition of the ancient folk culture, to set out the way of his life upon his remote island from childhood to old age." It begins with his birth in 1856.
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Marty Moore . . . and does the reading voice inside your head have an Irish lilt? And do you find yourself craving potatoes? And corned beef?


craige I learned this year that actually corned beef is not eaten in Ireland! (I learned that on St. Patrick's Day, not in Ireland.) I can't remember what they eat instead, but bacon (more like a cross between Canadian and American bacon) seems to be popular. We had it one night braised with cabbage. YUM. And yes, I do hear the book in an Irish lilt!


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