Gems She Wore: Book of Irish Places

Gems She Wore: Book of Irish Places


By (author) James Plunkett

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  • Publisher: Hutchinson
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 25mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 30 May 1972
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091110904
  • ISBN 13: 9780091110901
  • Illustrations note: Ill.(some col.).

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Editorial reviews

An affectionate, sentimental tour of Irish places from Dublin to Galway by a popular Irish novelist (Strumpet City, 1969) who was reared in the drabness of the '30's and '40's when "Irish society reflected Religious Authoritarianism, prudery and a false mode of patriotic expression." Perhaps Plunkett undertook this ramble to differentiate the authentic from the mythological in the Irish past though he has a sincere regard for both, Breaking his loosely-strung narrative with snippets of poetry he wanders in Joyce's steps from Martello Tower where the future novelist and his friend Oliver St. John Gogarty (who became Buck Mulligan) lived while Joyce weighed his literary talents against his early fame as a singer of Elizabethan songs, to Bewley's cafe where Frank O'Connor subsisted on coffee and buns in his days of obscurity. Proceeding to Wicklow and Tipperary he reflects a bit sadly on the remains of Irish monasticism where St. Patrick once matched wits with the Druids and Ossian declined the promise of a Christian heaven to remain with his pagan comrades. Plunkett (like almost everyone in Ireland it seems) has a poet or saint to associate with every crumbling tower and there's hardly a cavern or glen that didn't once shelter a Fenian from the British. There's less blarney in him than in most Irish wayfarers and more miscellaneous history and lore. An amiable strolling companion if you're inclined to wander through bog and turf. (Kirkus Reviews)