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The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens
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Jan 31, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: ireland-theme-setting, historical-fiction, foreign-language, best-of-2009, read-2009
Recommended to Julie by: Maureen
Read in January, 2009

Further evidence to my belief that the Irish tell the best stories. THis is an Odyssey-like tale of a young Irish man left orphaned and homeless by the famine. After living like an animal in the Irish bogs and then on the run from a crime of desperation, he lives a half-life in England until he is able to set sail for the promised land- North America.

The story is brutal, but the writing is so poetic and lyrical - you are swept on by its beauty even as you wince as horrors of poverty and the blind faith of immigrants. I look forward to reading more of Behrens' works. THank you for the recommendation, Maureen!
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