Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage

Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage Review

Tim Robinson’s epic exploration of the desolate, storm-lashed, limestone rocks, which have already haunted generations of Irish writers, takes the form of a clockwise journey around the coast. Every cliff, inlet and headland reveals layers of myth and historical memory, and Robinson makes beautifully crafted observations about the habits of birds, plants and the humans who lived there and endured, leaving records in stone - on the walls, cairns and ancient forts - in story and in oral tradition.

Title:Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage
Edition Language:English

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    Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage Reviews

  • Michael

    This account of the author’s 14-year experience of Aran Island at the mouth of Galway Bay conforms to what I consider “biography of place”, which dwells on the particulars of the geography, the ...

  • Kathleen

    If you have been to Aran, or plan to go, or long to go, this book can serve as an aid to memory, an introduction, or a way there. But be warned: the reading demands care and a kind of faith—namely, ...

  • Ed

    A walking meditation round the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. History, archaeology, geology, natural history but above all a grand Irish slowing down written by an English mathematician a...

  • 5greenway

    Fascinating stuff, and the mingling of science, history and poetry pretty much works all the way through. Occasionally the consciousness of place trips over into a kind of off-putting self-consciousne...

  • Padraic

    A stone classic - pardon the pun - of close-up geography. More words per square foot of island than any other book I know, and he only traced the shores. Can't wait to read volume 2 - well, maybe wait...

  • Jrobertus

    I have just begun this unusual book. An English author walks around the Aran island off the west coast of Ireland, narrating about the landscape, the history and local lore. He writes elegantly, and t...

  • Nelleke

    Maybe it is the dutch translation, but I didn't like this book as much as I expected. Been twice to the Aran islands, so it was interesting to read. But the writer or translator used such long and dif...

  • Eric

    True dedication to a culture and a level of detail I've never read since I first attempted to read Proust. ...

  • Caroline

    Read years ago, and it killed me to wait forever for the second volume....

  • Liam Day

    It requires patience, something I'm sure the author intended, but, with it, there is a lot here for a reader to dig into: geology, botany, cultural history, myth and folklore. Highly recommend....