“Excellent, the true are of storytelling”Rick H wrote this review Monday, June 7, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beautifully written, Ireland's rich history and folk tales are cleverly woven among many stories within a story. A book like this takes time and patience to read, but it is well worth it.
"In the end, Ireland is, as the Irish themselves are fond of saying about everything from cabbages to castles, brilliant." -San Antonio Express-News”
“Delaney's "Ireland" is a slow start, and overall slower read, but worth every minute spent. The storyline follows Ronan, a young boy who meets an old storyteller, and his yearning to know more and follow. The novel is full of rich Irish history, often told in the form of these stories. Delaney's words are magical, painting many wonderful pictures in the readers' mind. Definitely a great read for anyone with Irish heritage. ”Andrea C wrote this review Wednesday, April 21, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It took me a while to get into but once I did I really enjoyed the tales the storyteller in the book told. I also thought the impact the storyteller had on Ronan was fun to figure out.”Nancy K wrote this review Tuesday, April 20, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i love Frank Delany. I think he is IReland. I love the way he tells story. I am obsessed with Ireland and Irish culture, and his books allow me to go there. It is such a beautiful land with a beautiful history. This book was passionate and heartbreaking. I think this is one of the best books every written...I am obsessed with him.”Renee C wrote this review Friday, April 16, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent book. Gave a fairly accurate, if somewhat embellished historical account of the more prominent events in Irish history. The author blends historical fact with artful fiction to create a truly mesmerizing experience for the reader.”ryan g wrote this review Wednesday, March 3, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“History of Ireland through tales. Interesting perspective on Irish history.”Vladimir wrote this review Sunday, February 28, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“INitially hard to get into, but well worth the effort. The story brought back memories of my trip to Ireland.”Cheryl M wrote this review Thursday, January 7, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed the book, but found it a little laborious to slog through. It had a lot of folklore that was interesting, and there was a nice twist near the end. I wouldn't read it again, but I'm glad I read it once!”Deanna Martin wrote this review Sunday, January 3, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Becoming a storytelling master is a secret dream of mine! The power to hold a group of kids in the palm of my hand and take them on an adventure with me, simply using the spoken word - that sounds exciting to me. This book is a link to my inner storyteller because it tells the story of an Irish storyteller who happened upon a village in the 1950's.
The storyteller was spotted by the young boy in the story, a nine-year-old who has always hoped and dreamed that one of these Irish legends would visit his family. On one cold, foggy, winter's night his dream came true. The tall, pipe-smoking storyteller approached his house and, in Irish tradition, told stories to the village people each night in exchange for a place to sleep and food to eat.
In my opinion, one of the great things about this book is the way in which Frank Delaney tells stories of ancient Irish culture through the main character, using vivid details that allow you to escape the reality of where you're sitting and go an adventure to a faraway time and place. Along the way of each storytelling adventure, you are drawn into learning about the history behind many of the most famous landmarks and legends of Irish culture.
This book is definitely a for adults only story because some of it's content is more mature. My next Shelfari addition will be a book that is more appropriate for kids - no worries!”