The Aran Islands, by J.M. Synge

At the urging of William Butler Yeats, in 1897, at the age of 26, Synge traveled to Ireland’s Aran Islands, located off that country’s west coast near the Bay of Galway. He made a number of visits, living with a family, learning the Irish language, and recording the folk tales and belief, and traditional songs and stories that he found there among the people. They were very poor and depended on fishing in the often stormy Atlantic for their livelihood. A fascinating picture of a vanished way of life that later inspired Synge’s play writing. I listened to the book on CD.

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RATING: * * * A good read

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