by Brian Friel | Plays & Scripts | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9780571117420 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcookiescaucasuswing of Columbus, Ohio USA on 7/5/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by wingcookiescaucasuswing from Columbus, Ohio USA on Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Given to me by a friend of a friend who was passing through Tbilisi. He said this was the book (play) to read to understand Ireland. I haven't read it yet, so I don't understand Ireland yet, I guess. Registering and releasing as I'm moving.

"The action of this play takes place in late August 1833 at a hedge-school in the townland of Baile Beag - an Irish speaking community in County Donegal. The 'scholars' are a cross-section of the local community, from a semi-literate young farmer to and elderly polygot autodidact who reads and quotes Homer in the orginal.

In a nearby field camps a recently arrived detachment of the Royal Engineers, engaged on behalf of the Britsh Army and Government in making the first Ordnance Survey. For the purposes ofr cartography, the local Gaelic place names have to be recorded and transliterated - or translated - into English, in examining the effects of this operation on the lives of a small group of people, Irish and English, Brian Friel skillfully reveals the unexperctedly far-reaching personal and cultural effects of an action which is at first sight purely administrative and harmless. While remaining faithful to the personalities and relationshiops of those people at that time he makes a richly suggestive statement about Irish - and English - history."

Journal Entry 2 by wingcookiescaucasuswing at Lokal in Tbilisi, Tbilisi Georgia on Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Released 1 mo ago (7/5/2022 UTC) at Lokal in Tbilisi, Tbilisi Georgia


Bringing to tonight's meeting of the Tbilisi English Book Swap. If no one takes it at the meeting, it will remain on Lokal's bookshelves.

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