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The Invention of Memory: An Irish Family Scrapbook

Simon Loftus

ISBN 10: 1907970525 / ISBN 13: 9781907970528
Published by Daunt Books, 2014
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: The Invention of Memory: An Irish Family ...

Publisher: Daunt Books

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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From the arrival of his first ancestor in Dublin in 1560, Simon Loftus traces the fascinating story of his family's heritage in Ireland – piecing together fragments of legend and biography that span over 350 years of Irish history.

The background is the colonial conquest of Ireland and the clash of religious and national identity, but the focus is close at hand, familial. The passions and eccentricities, the daily concerns and relationships, the rich dramas and anecdotes of individuals in this Ascendancy family – over eight generations – combine to form an enthralling memoir of shifting viewpoints and entertainingly inconsistent accounts of a shared past.

The Invention of Memory is a profound family portrait and a sweeping history that examines the nature of recollection and how our memories are shaped by experience and time.

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Spell-binding, full of treasures and often extremely moving. --Selina Hastings

A series of beautifully rendered evocations of landscape, people, attitudes, emblems and events. It treats the sweep of a melancholy history with the utmost poise and discernment. --Irish Times

A powerfully evocative mixture of biography and legend, peppered with heart-warming and heart-wrenching anecdotes. --Financial Times

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