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The Aran Islands by John M. Synge is a classic, written by one of Irelands finest word-smiths, a great addition to the collection. Any profits generated from the sale of this book will go towards the Freeriver Community project, a project designed to promote harmonious community living and well-being in the world. To learn more about the Freeriver project please visit the website - www.freerivercommunity.com
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Nothing much happens on the Aran Islands--at least, not much went on there in the late 19th century, when John Synge sailed out to these mist-shrouded, salt-sprayed, and wave-battered chunks of rocks south of Ireland. Therein lies the charm of the setting and of this lovely book, which captures the saltiness of both the marine air and the time-lost characters, who deeply believe in the magical "wee people." In cottages where nets and fishing tackle hang from beams, the women (who always wear red dresses and petticoats, as do some of the boys) sit at their spinning wheels or sew cow-skin sandals, while the fishermen spin yarns about fairies, sunken vessels, and bags of gold gained from adulterous wives. The big happening of the year is when roofs are rethatched--an event that blossoms into a festival with twisted rope stretching from kitchen table through lane to nearby field. Synge seems an ambassador from a different world: addressed as "noble person," he brings tokens of modernity--be they clocks or simple magic tricks that beguile the locals. First published in 1907, this re-released travelogue gives a poignant peek into another time and begs a visit to the Aran Islands to see how, or if, they have changed. --Melissa RossiFrom the Inside Flap:
Scotland has always done things its own way, and that is what akes the country's history so interesting. More than four thousand years ago, its Stone Age inhabitants were among the most advanced builders of Europe. About two thousand years ago, the Romans decided it was wiser to build a wall than attempt conquest. A thousand years ago, Scotland was one of the first medieval European kingdoms to emerge as a political unity from the Dark Ages. The decendants of those first Scots still inhabit the country. This original and immensely readable history charts the long, painful, sometimes tragic, often inspiring process that has formed the Scottish people of today. It reveals how the Scots' sense of nationhood has always been under test and how that pressure has shaped the ways in which they see themselves and are seen by others. A special and unique feature are the 'fact windows' in the text. They light up many fascinating aspects of the national story not normally covered in history books and present a range of outstanding people who at different times have played a part in Scotland's life and still-evolving history.
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Book Description Blackstaff Press, Limited. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Cover Missing. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Seller Inventory # G0856404128I3N01
Book Description Blackstaff Pr. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 0856404128 Hardback, no dustjacket, yellow boards. No damage, internally clean. Very good condition. Seller Inventory # L9F30049CB3
Book Description The Blackstaff Press, Belfast, 1988. Hard Cover. Condition: Good. Yeats, Jack B. (illustrator). xiii-xiv, 256pp, illustrated, fep. corner cut, inscription to fep. in ink, yellow boards with decoration, black title. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 034724
Book Description Belfast: The Blackstaff Press, 1988. Photolithographic fascimile of the 1911 editon published by Maunsel and CompanyLimited. 8vo. pp256. Wonderfully Illustrated with 12 black and white drawings by Jack B. Yeats. Inscription of previous owner, otherwise fine in bright canary-yellow boards. Classic work on the Aran Islands originally published in 1906. Seller Inventory # 16864