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Old 10-22-2004, 09:46 PM   #1
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Irish literature/books/authors

So I might be in the mood for something Irish. I'm down with James Joyce and Seamus Heaney, but how about something else? My literary tastes are as eclectic as my musical tastes, so don't hesitate. Fiction, biography, history. Lemme have it!

One warning: In music and writing, I don't like crap, so no literary equivalents of Sum 41 or any such like. I don't want to read the Irish Danielle Steel.
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Well, Maeve Binchy writes some good books!


And my own personal favorite is Eilis Ni Dhuibhne. (I wrote my senior thesis in college on her works.) She writes mostly short stories, but she's also written a novel. I would recommed starting with the short story collection "Eating Women is Not Recommended"

And if you're into something eclectic and off the wall, try Flann O'Brian's "At Swim-Two-Birds" ... it'll blow your mind! lol

WB Yeats is an old standard.

Also, if you're really in the mood, the old Irish tales are fantastic!


Anyway... in case you couldn't tell... I'm an English major AND I concentrated in Irish literature
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Thanks, doll!
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Hi Martha,

I am getting so old I can't remember anything, but I finally found one of the ones I liked (although it's a little depressing, as a lot of Irish literature is!). It's called Cowboys and Indians by Joseph O'Connor. It's a bit dated but I liked it when I read it. Oh, and something U2 related but not an Irish book is The Moviegoer which Bono recommended to me years ago, and I loved it. I can't remember the author but it's it the US!
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Thought of another one... Roddy Doyle! His books are some of the most poignant and hilarious books I've ever read
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Thought of another one... Roddy Doyle! His books are some of the most poignant and hilarious books I've ever read
True!
Here some titles:
- A star named Harry
- the woman who walked into doors (my favourite one!)
- the van
- the committee
- Rory & Ita (about Doyle's parents -- it's an interesting way to know more about how people lived in Ireland in the past)

And the new one:

- oh, play that thing!
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Read "Eureka Street" by Robert McLiam Wilson, it is laugh out loud hilarious.

If you like reading plays, check out the work of Sean O'Casey, especially "The Plough and the Stars." He is very historical, as is Brian Beehan (original version are mostly in Gaelic, but they've been translated).
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um, not sure if this counts, but flannery o'conner. i remember reading that bono read her. my favorite is "the lame shall enter first"
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Yeats.

And shermn, Flannery O'Connor was a southern gal from the US. Christian existentialist, no less (how's that for strange bedfellows?)

Martha- Where were you when I did my Yeats and Joyce appreciation threads?

Old Celtic myths are fun, too. Yeats edited a nice volume of folk and fairy tales.
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Great post Martha; now you have my literary juices flowing!
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Yeats

Oscar Wilde - my favourite book as a child, and one of my favourites still is a sweet little tale called The Selfish Giant.
I really liked the Malachy Mc Court biography Angela's ashes and the sequel called 'Tis.

Most of the other books I read are all about Irish history, history of N.Ireland, the troubles etc and that's not everyone's cup of tea.

Music - Brian Kennedy (from Belfast, I think he lives in Donegal now). I really want to go and see him in concert, I did get the chance to see him at a thing with Bob Geldof (I'm a big Boomtown Rats fan) and other Irish singers in May. I really like him.

The Corrs are quite popular but I'm not that fond of them

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There are many brilliant irish authos that I really like and admire.

One of my favourite female writers is Marian Keyes. She is hilarious but she always conveys a deeper message in all her books. She takes real life experiences and includes them in her books.

This is a short list of other Irish writers I like and some their work:

Patrick Kavanagh: The Great Hunger , Come Dance with Kitty Stobling,The Green Fool

Samuel Beckett: More Pricks Than Kicks, Murphy

Brendan Behan: The Quare Fellow, Borstal Boy. The Hostage

Frank McCourt: Angela's Ashes, T'is

Malachy McCourt: A monk's swimming, singingg by him song

Liam O'Flaherty: my favourite short story is "The snipper"
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I only know Irish history books.

"Michael Collins: The Man Who Made Ireland" by Tim Pat Coogan is fantastic. It is a really exciting, romantic read and a inside look at what the IRA originally was.
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There are many brilliant irish authos that I really like and admire.

One of my favourite female writers is Marian Keyes. She is hilarious but she always conveys a deeper message in all her books. She takes real life experiences and includes them in her books.

This is a short list of other Irish writers I like and some their work:

Patrick Kavanagh: The Great Hunger , Come Dance with Kitty Stobling,The Green Fool

Samuel Beckett: More Pricks Than Kicks, Murphy

Brendan Behan: The Quare Fellow, Borstal Boy. The Hostage

Frank McCourt: Angela's Ashes, T'is

Malachy McCourt: A monk's swimming, singingg by him song

Liam O'Flaherty: my favourite short story is "The snipper"
Oops I got my mc courts mixed up.
I didn't like Malachy's books as much.
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mmmm Irish history books--my bread and butter.

If that *is* your cup of tea, Richard English (who is a prof at QUB) published a book about a year ago called "Armed Struggle" which I think is fantastic.

You might also check out "Proved Innocent" (published later as "In the Name of the Father") by Gerry Conlon, about how he was tried by a Diplock court and imprisoned for years for a crime he didn't commit. Also a fantastic movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis (which Bono & Gavin Friday wrote music for, incidentally)
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