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Turlough By Brian Keenan,

  • Title: Turlough
  • Author: Brian Keenan
  • ISBN: 9780099474319
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Paperback
  • While held hostage by fundamentalist Shi ite militiamen in the suburbs of Beirut, Brian Keenan was visited and sustained by the presence of Turlough O Carolan the legendary blind Irish harper of the seventeenth century This novel is thus a re creation of an extraordinary historical story and a personal debt repaid It is also, obliquely, a parallel life another life iWhile held hostage by fundamentalist Shi ite militiamen in the suburbs of Beirut, Brian Keenan was visited and sustained by the presence of Turlough O Carolan the legendary blind Irish harper of the seventeenth century This novel is thus a re creation of an extraordinary historical story and a personal debt repaid It is also, obliquely, a parallel life another life imprisoned, shaped by the dark.Narrated largely by O Carolan from his death bed, and through the recollections of those closest to him, Turlough powerfully brings to life a lost Ireland of famine and disease, eviction and oppression Stalking through the broken and dispossessed comes Turlough O Carolan, the musical prodigy, blinded by smallpox and now an itinerant harper, lauded by the aristocracy and a hero to his people His Rabelaisian desire for drink and women is counterpointed by his artistic struggle towards the great music and some kind of inner peace Driven by demons and dreams, riven by contradictions, Turlough emerges as a great man, full of frailty a blind man afraid of the dark.A panoramic picaresque, rich with the textures and smells of rural Ireland and peopled by a host of angels and devils, Turlough is a remarkable historical journey, and a huge imaginative feat
    Turlough While held hostage by fundamentalist Shi ite militiamen in the suburbs of Beirut Brian Keenan was visited and sustained by the presence of Turlough O Carolan the legendary blind Irish harper of the s

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    1. This book was such a disappointment Its title appealed to me because much of the music I play on the harp was composed in the 17th century by the blind Irish itinerant harper, Turlough O Carolan So when I stumbled across this novel based on his life and his music naturally I wanted to read it I made it halfway through before finally deciding that this belonged in the life is too short to read bad books category Not only was it poorly written, it was structured around a series of fictional diary [...]

    2. I found this book hard to read There was no flow in the prose There is no mention in this book of Turlough s marriage or of his children or of his reaction to the deaths of his parents He does not seem a very likeable chap at all It does get better toward the end if you make it that far Life in Ireland during his lifetime was bleak, not a happy book not that it is meant to be Not great for holiday reading.

    3. Finally finished it I really wanted to read this book because it was about Thurlough O Carollan to find out out was actually about dyingd that took a long time from cover to cover

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