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The Emerald Isle is known for its gorgeous countryside, and rightfully so. From the rugged cliffs of the Atlantic coast to the lush meadows and lakes of the interior, Ireland is rich in imagery both awe-inspiring and serene. The vibrant streets of such cities as Dublin and Belfast, where modern architecture rubs shoulders with Georgian townhouses and Norman stonework, testify to the island's 21st century resurgence as the cosmopolitan 'Celtic Tiger.' From the remains of a Bronze Age ring fort to the soaring modern Spire of Dublin to the stallions of the National Stud, Ireland is a land of surprising variety.
The rich color images collected here weave together the portrait of a land where Paleolithic monuments, medieval castles, quiet fishing villages, and bustling cities all exist alongside each other. From the eerie, astonishing hexagonal stones of the 'Giant's Causeway' in County Antrim to the cozy atmosphere of the town pub; from breathtaking wild landscapes to the exquisite gardens of stately homes; each page offers a new glimpse of Ireland's multifarious beauty. The prehistoric tombs of Newgrange, the Gothic peaks of St. Patrick's Cathedral, the sublime scenery of Connemara National Park, and countless country villages, all are here. With a keen visual sensibility, Jay Ben Adlersberg captures the tiniest details and the most magnificent vistas that are at the island's heart and that make Ireland one of the world's loveliest places to travel--or to call home.
Here, too, is a journey through Ireland's history. The soaring modern Spire of Dublin monument, the elegant campus of Trinity College, the ancient seat of Ireland's kings at Tara--each evokes a different moment in Ireland's many-layered past. Written in the land itself, Ireland's history appears here in the slope of a thatched roof, in the grass-grown remains of a Bronze Age ring fort, in a field tilled for centuries. Finally, here is the soul of a land where, out of the hardships of the past, have come arts and culture alive with creativity and resilience, from traditional flute and fiddle music to a diverse literary tradition from which thirty poems and literary excerpts have been chosen to accompany Adlersberg's images, including the romantic prose of James Joyce; the humorous boyhood memories of Frank McCourt; the celebration of natural beauty in the poetry of W.B. Yeats; and the folk tales of Douglas Hyde; as well as numerous others whose writings capture the unique spirit that is Ireland.
Samantha Bowser supplies the rich and nuanced captions for the more than two hundred photographs.
- ISBN-13: 9781599621258
- ISBN-10: 1599621258
- Publisher: Welcome Books
- Publish Date: October 2013
- Page Count: 272
- Dimensions: 13.29 x 10.21 x 1.36 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.26 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-11-25
- Reviewer: Staff
Photographer Adlersberg and editor Samantha Bowser compile a beautiful tribute to Ireland with this oversized, full-color volume which includes numerous gatefolds. Presented in a format that invites browsing, the photographs soothe the eyes: from the sea to pasture; historical buildings including castles, churches, and colleges to modern street scenes; and race horses to the industries of linen, wool, and whiskey. The photos depict a variety of subjects throughout the book, with occasional detailed studies, such as Belfast's St. Anne's Cathedral. Captions provide sufficient detail so those unfamiliar with Ireland will understand the visual significance. Intermixed with the photographs are selections from Irish writers of all genres: folklore, poetry, memoir, and stories. Those well acquainted with Irish literature may recognize most of the names, such as Thackeray, Joyce, and McCourt, all of whom contributed to Ireland's rich literary history. Contributions range from Mary Ann Larkin's "The Dance Half Done" to "Digging" by recently deceased Seamus Heaney to "The Matter with Ireland" by George Bernard Shaw. Recommended for those with a special interest in Ireland, this volume creates an illuminating and engrossing armchair journey. (Oct.)