An Aran Keening

An Aran Keening

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    In November 1968, at the age of twenty-two, Andrew McNeillie left his job and his girlfriend in Wales and traveled to Inishmore, one of the isolated Aran Islands off the Atlantic coast of Ireland. He was not a tourist; he stayed eleven months on Inishmore, living alone in a tiny house. An Aran Keening is a limpidly written memoir of that time, a celebration of the island and its people, a lament for a way of life that was infused with a deep sadness then and has vanished altogether now.
    An Aran Keening tells of a time before electricity and landing strips, a time of real poverty for many. Island life was, in both mind and body, more stark and more dramatic then; it stood much closer to the candle- and horse-powered nineteenth century than to the digital twenty-first. McNeillie fished and trapped for his food—his accounts of his methods are among the most dazzling passages in the book—and writes with great love, but without a trace of romanticism, about the natural world of Aran. With extraordinary sensitivity and subtlety, this gifted writer recounts the awkward but ultimately enriching interactions between his youthful self and the people of Inishmore. An Aran Keening commemorates both the immortality of youth, in all its courage, folly, and quick tenderness of heart, and the passing of a world.

Copublished with the Lilliput Press, Dublin.
The Wisconsin edition is for sale only in North America.



Baker & Taylor
The author's memoir of the year he spent living on one of the Aran Islands in 1968 celebrates the simplicity of island life and the dramatic physical landscape he experienced while living on these isolated islands off the coast of Ireland.

Book News
An elegy and adventure, an invention, a remembering: so Welsh native poet McNeillie characterizes his account of his time on the Irish island of Inishmore in the late 1960s. A postscript describes a return visit in 2000. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer

    In November 1968, at the age of twenty-two, Andrew McNeillie left his job and his girlfriend in Wales and traveled to Inishmore, one of the isolated Aran Islands off the Atlantic coast of Ireland. He was not a tourist; he stayed eleven months on Inishmore, living alone in a tiny house. An Aran Keening is a limpidly written memoir of that time, a celebration of the island and its people, a lament for a way of life that was infused with a deep sadness then and has vanished altogether now.
    An Aran Keening tells of a time before electricity and landing strips, a time of real poverty for many. Island life was, in both mind and body, more stark and more dramatic then; it stood much closer to the candle- and horse-powered nineteenth century than to the digital twenty-first. McNeillie fished and trapped for his food—his accounts of his methods are among the most dazzling passages in the book—and writes with great love, but without a trace of romanticism, about the natural world of Aran. With extraordinary sensitivity and subtlety, this gifted writer recounts the awkward but ultimately enriching interactions between his youthful self and the people of Inishmore. An Aran Keening commemorates both the immortality of youth, in all its courage, folly, and quick tenderness of heart, and the passing of a world.

Copublished with the Lilliput Press, Dublin.
The Wisconsin edition is for sale only in North America.



Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780299176006
0299176002
Branch Call Number: 941.748 MCNEI
Characteristics: xii, 233 pages ; 22 cm
Notes: Originally published: Dublin : Lilliput Press, 2001

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