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Somerville-Large, The Grand Irish Tour.

Somerville-Large, The Grand Irish Tour.

Somerville-Large, Peter / Fiennes, Mark (photographer). The Grand Irish Tour. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1982. 19 cm x 25 cm. 320 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Clean inside with solid binding.

Includes for example the following sections: Newgrange; Loo Bridge; Kenmare / Killarney / Ring of Kerry / The Blackwater; Mount Melleray / Lough Gur; Doneraile; Kanturk / Galway; Ballinhinch; Clifden / Achilll; Newport; Balycroy / Bangor Erris; Belmulet; Killala / Cavan; Drogheda; Dublin; Glendalough / Ballyshannon; Glencolumbkille; Bunbeg / Strabane; Antrim; Belfast etc.

″Peter Somerville-Large’s intention was perfectly straightforward: he would wander slowly around Ireland during the course of a year. In a sense, that is what he did, but his Grand Irish Tour is something far more ambitious and far more satisfying. Unlike any other twentieth century writer, he has evoked the landscapes and townscapes, the people, and the the different memories which make up Ireland. He contrasts the present with what he knew as a boy, but he also draws on the diaries and records of eighteenth and nineteenth-century travellers. here is Thomas Carlyle in 1849, using stream of consciousness as if Joyce were already writing. Here is the bizarre Mr Atkinson, forever collecting substcriptions to his books. Here are Somerville and Ross in their governess cart; Mrs Delaney ensconced at Mount Panther; Thackeray fending off the appalling guides at the Giant’s Causeway; the intrepid Asenath Nicholson, hoping to combat Catholicism with true American fervour; the Chevalier de Latocnaye, exchanging the horrors of the French Revolution for the dubious comforts of Irish inns. And, further back in history, there is the extraordinary Don Francisco de Cuellar, A survivor of the Spanish Armada who wrote an account of his hair raising adventures.” (Publisher).

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Somerville-Large, The Grand Irish Tour.
Somerville-Large, The Grand Irish Tour.