Irish Famine, The

by Helen Litton | History |
ISBN: 0863274277 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghyphen8wing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 7/9/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, July 09, 2018
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Subtitle: An Illustrated History

A look at the large-scale effects of the famine and the attempts to deal with it, along with heartbreaking glimpses of the toll on individuals and families. This could be taken as a warning about the dangers of monoculture: nearly all of the potatoes grown in Ireland at the time were the same type, and thus they were all vulnerable to the blight. Similarly, the commercial banana is currently threatened by a disease that could wipe out that breed of plant.

From the Friends of the Library.

This is my Ireland read for the 2018 version of kiwiinengland's 666 challenge...and my Northern Ireland read for J4shaw's Unite the Kingdoms challenge - the events in the book take place before Ireland was divided, and it covers locations in both present-day Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Journal Entry 2 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, August 12, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (8/14/2018 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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Once I get the next person's address, this book will be headed out in MaryZee's Biographies of Things - hope it finds a new reader!

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Journal Entry 3 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Saturday, November 03, 2018
This book came home in the Biographies of Things book box. I have always wanted to know more about the Irish Famine and this book looks manageable over the semester break that is coming up soon.

Journal Entry 4 by wing6of8wing at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Friday, May 10, 2019

Released 7 mos ago (5/10/2019 UTC) at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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Journal Entry 5 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
I'm claiming this from the Biographies of Things bookbox. I've read about the famine before, but the illustrations in this book look like they add considerable interest - and heartbreak - to the story.

Later: A very effective look at the disaster, from its causes through the massive disruption of communities across Ireland to the aftermath. I appreciated the inclusion of first-person accounts and sketches, and the way the "perfect storm" of ecological problems, political action or lack thereof, and overt classism led to such a tragedy.

I left this book in the Little Free Library on this very warm day; hope someone enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2019 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

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