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The Islandman : Oxford Paperbacks - Tomás O'Crohan

The Islandman

Oxford Paperbacks

Paperback Published: 9th March 1977
ISBN: 9780192812339
Number Of Pages: 262

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Tomas O'Crohan was born on the Great Blasket Island in 1865 and died there in 1937, a great master of his native Irish. He shared to the full the perilous life of a primitive community, yet possessed a shrewd and humorous detachment that enabled him to observe and describe the world. His book is a valuable description of a now vanished way of life; his sole purpose in writing it was in his own words, 'to set down the character of the people about me so that some record of us might live after us, for the like of us will never be again'.

The Blasket Islands are three miles off Irelands Dingle Peninsula. Until their evacuation just after the Second World War, the lives of the 150 or so Blasket Islanders had remained unchanged for centuries. A rich oral tradition of story-telling, poetry, and folktales kept alive the legends and history of the islands, and has made their literature famous throughout the world. The 7 Blasket Island books published by OUP contain memoirs and reminiscences from within this literary tradition, evoking a way of life which has now vanished.

`Part of a unique and remarkable Irish literary archive ... compelling.' Neil Johnston, Belfast Telegraph, 24/6/00

Forewordp. v
My Childhoodp. 1
My Schooldaysp. 13
Our Housesp. 26
In School and Outp. 33
My First Visit to Dinglep. 41
Bald Tom and the Old Daysp. 47
My Last Schoolp. 59
Marriagep. 64
Gathering Seaweedp. 74
Time Passesp. 80
My Manhoodp. 88
The Day of the Seal Huntp. 94
A Wife Proposed for Mep. 102
Christmas Provisionsp. 114
A Merry Christmasp. 131
Shrovetide, 1878p. 142
Work and Wanderingp. 148
An End to Boats and Middlemenp. 164
The Little Canoep. 171
The Troubles of Lifep. 186
The Yellow Mealp. 201
I Begin to Take an Interest in Irishp. 223
This and Thatp. 231
The Endp. 242
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ISBN: 9780192812339
ISBN-10: 0192812335
Series: Oxford Paperbacks
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 9th March 1977
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.26