An Irish History of Civilization, Vol. 1 by Donald Harman AkensonAn Irish History of Civilization, Vol. 1 by Donald Harman Akenson

An Irish History of Civilization, Vol. 1

byDonald Harman Akenson

Hardcover | February 11, 2005

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Don Akenson is the author of numerous books including Surpassing Wonder: The Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds (nominated for the Governor General's Award) and, most recently, Some Family: The Mormons and How Humanity Keeps Track of Itself. He teache
Don Akenson is the author of numerous books including Surpassing Wonder: The Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds (nominated for the Governor General's Award) and, most recently, Some Family: The Mormons and How Humanity Keeps Track of Itself. He teache
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Title:An Irish History of Civilization, Vol. 1Format:HardcoverDimensions:840 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:February 11, 2005Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773528903

ISBN - 13:9780773528901

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doug from Alberta First, I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to how properly to classify this book: fiction, nonfiction, history, historical fiction, epic? Nor could I accurately describe the format of the book, a collection of oral histories perhaps come closest. Maybe this is the point Akenson is trying to make; a collective history of a group is in its purest sense just a collection of stories about individual lives. And what grand stories these are. Spanning the last 2,000 years, and crossing the globe, everything remotely Irish is embraced, examined, and explored. It is an epic journey through two volumes and 1,500 pages. It could also be a laborious and tiring excursion filled with the requisite heroes and villains and battles of yore but Akenson gives a strong and clear voice to hundreds of forgotten and voiceless souls. It is from these traditionally picayune individuals that the drama and strength of daily life and of the resilience of the human spirit is embodied. In short, this has been one of the most enjoyable, absorbing, informative, and thought provoking books that I have read. Akenson’s strength is his superb storyteller’s descriptions and scholarly attention to detail. The work is imaginative, entertaining and above all unique.
Date published: 2005-08-10