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A new non-fiction book recounting the 19th century history of Ireland. The book traces the three causes of the halving of the Irish population in that century: the famine, the Irish emigrations to American and Canada, and the transportation of political activitists to Australia. It is a quest for the author's Irish ancestors.
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The Booker Prize-winning Schindler's List (on which Steven Spielberg based his Oscar-winning film) demonstrated that Thomas Keneally could make history as compelling as any novel. The Great Shame, expands upon the achievement of his earlier fiction; because this is more than just the story of the Keneally family tree, transported from Ireland to Australia in the 19th century. It is the story of how Irish men and women came to be dispersed all over the world, and what they made of their lives in their new homes. It is the epic history of a whole people.
The Great Shame is, superbly, rivetingly, hypnotically readable; partly because Keneally orchestrates his many narrative strands so expertly and touches his story with many moments of beautiful writing, but also because it is all, even at its most extraordinary, completely true. The result is astonishingly vivid. What The Great Shame is most reminiscent of is a classic 19th-century novel; a Dickens, or a George Eliot. We follow Keneally's characters with the same involvement through their successes and their trials, until the very last sentence in the book when, like a master from the classic age of the novel, Keneally pays tribute to "the piquant blood and potent ghosts of the characters to whom we now bid goodbye". --Adam RobertsReview:
"Keneally's history of Irish emigration is a lucid, elegant and ambitious book with an epic narrative sweep" (Observer)
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Book Description Chatto and Windus, London, U.K., 1998. Cloth. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition/First Printing. 732pp; b/w pls. Notes. Bib'y. Index. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardback. Seller Inventory # 021738
Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, 1998. Cloth & Gilt. Condition: NEW. Dust Jacket Condition: NEW. 1st. Edition. 732pp, maps, numerous illustrations. By the author of Schindler's Ark [filmed as Schindler's List]. Unmarked, NEW. B63. Seller Inventory # 16105
Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, 1998. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. A fine unread 1st impression in a fine dustwrapper. Signed by the Author on the title page. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 007479
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