An Innocent In Ireland: Curious Rambles And Singular Encounters by David McfaddenAn Innocent In Ireland: Curious Rambles And Singular Encounters by David Mcfadden

An Innocent In Ireland: Curious Rambles And Singular Encounters

byDavid Mcfadden

Paperback | May 6, 1995

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When writer David McFadden sets out on a tour of Ireland, he is determined to so do in a relatively innocent state. Using as a guide only In Search of Ireland, a 1930 title by travel writer H. V. Morton, he plans to follow the same route, to try to determine how things have changed and how they have remained the same.

This he proceeds to do – at least at first. But soon he is wandering more and more erratically around the country, poking into any corner and musing over any sight that takes his fancy – from a cozy guest house in Kilcullen to the legendary Hill of Tara, from the south-coast pub run by twin sisters to the windswept reaches of the Ballaghbeama Gap. And increasingly he is drawn to the prehistoric monuments of ancient Ireland. As he goes, he records his very personal impressions in a clear-eyed and wryly humorous way.

Wisely, McFadden also lets the many characters he meets speak for themselves; he loves a good chat and he gives ample space to the various loquacious barmen, shopkeepers, hoteliers, and passersby along the way. And of all the eccentric and appealing characters that he encounters, one of the most intriguing is his travelling companion, the mysterious Spanish chambermaid and poet Lourdes Brasil.

Amusing, quirky, compassionate but unsentimental, An Innocent in Ireland is a treat for any armchair traveller.
David W. McFadden has published over twenty books of poetry and prose, including Gypsy Guitar, nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 1987 and The Art of Darkness, nominated for a Governor General’s Award in 1984. He lives in Toronto.
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Title:An Innocent In Ireland: Curious Rambles And Singular EncountersFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.3 × 5.4 × 1.3 inShipping dimensions:8.3 × 5.4 × 1.3 inPublished:May 6, 1995Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771055277

ISBN - 13:9780771055270

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stoney Acres After I'd read this book I thought that if I read of another circle of stones or pre-Celtic tomb I'd scream. Surely Ireland consists of more than these.
Date published: 1999-10-23

From Our Editors

From the legendary Hill of Tara to the windswept reaches of the Ballaghbeama Gap, writer David W. McFadden records his very personal impressions in a clear-eyed and wryly humorous way. Roaming erratically around Ireland, McFadden pokes into every corner that suits his fancy, and chats with loquacious barmen, shopkeepers, hoteliers and passersby en route. Of all the eccentric characters he encounters, one of the most intriguing is his travelling companion, the mysterious Spanish chambermaid and poet Lourdes Brasil. Amusing, quirky and compassionate, An Innocent in Ireland takes an honest look a complex and often misunderstood island.

Editorial Reviews

“Ireland is ancient, magical, and odd, and obviously David McFadden’s spiritual home. Join him on a wonderful journey.”–Paul Quarrington“What a wonderful, wonderful book! David McFadden’s humour, erudition, curiosity, his poet’s loving eye, his devotion to every moment and setting in which he finds – himself all these great rare gifts are here in spades. I have been to Ireland, I have written about Ireland, I have family in Ireland! And now that I have read An Innocent in Ireland I have at long last seen the place.”–Barbara Gowdy