Twenty Years A-Growing

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O’Sullivan’s memoir of growing up on the Great Blasket, a sparsely inhabited Gaelic-speaking island off the Atlantic coast of Ireland. “The only book I have ever reviewed which simply had to be praised without reservation.”—Sean O’Fáoláin, The Listener. Introductory Note by E. M. Forster.

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Overview

O’Sullivan’s memoir of growing up on the Great Blasket, a sparsely inhabited Gaelic-speaking island off the Atlantic coast of Ireland. “The only book I have ever reviewed which simply had to be praised without reservation.”—Sean O’Fáoláin, The Listener. Introductory Note by E. M. Forster.

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Editorial Reviews

Irish Independent
A book to buy, to beg, or to borrow. To miss it is to miss something which will leave your adventuring among books incomplete.
The Listener
You cannot possibly fail to enjoy this book, the only book I have ever reviewed which simply had to be praised without reservation...
London Times Literary Supplement
It is a summer island of romantic beauty that he shows us, dwelling always on the colour of the scenery and the bright, wild life...
The Observer
This natural and beautiful book brings a breath of sea air and a strange music....It is as alive and sparkling as the sea on a summer morning.
Times Literary Supplement
It is a summer island of romantic beauty that he shows us, dwelling always on the colour of the scenery and the bright, wild life...
Library Journal
O'Sullivan here tells the story of his growing up in Great Blasket, a sparse island off Ireland's Atlantic coast with a Gaelic-speaking population. Along with an introduction by E.M. Forster from the original 1933 printing, this edition contains new photos and illustrations by the author.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879941397
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/25/1998
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 672,337
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Maurice O’Sullivan was born in 1904 and joined the Civic Guard of the nascent Irish Republic as a young man, but found that law enforcement was not to his liking. While posted in Connemara he wrote a novel, Twenty Years A-Growing, for the entertainment was friends. He drowned tragically in 1950, leaving behind a widow and two children.
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Table of Contents

1. In Dingle
2. My First Journey Home
3. The Island
4
A Day's Hunting
5. Ventry Races
6. Pierce's Cave
7. A Shoal Of Mackerel
8. Hallowe'en
9 . The Whale
10. The Wake
11. A Night In The Inish
12 The War
13. The Shipwreck
14. The Wanderer
15. The Lobster Season
16
Matchmaking
17. The Wedding Day
18. An American Wake
19. The Stranger
20 My Last Journey To The Inish
21
I Leave Home
22. From Dingle East
23. The City Of Dublin
24. The Civic Guard
25. Connemara
26. Conclusion.
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