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On An Irish Island

Off the Coast of Ireland sits Na Blascaoidí, or the Blasket Islands, a deserted Gaeltacht. Robert Kanigel's On an Irish Island is a beautiful love letter to a disappearing way of life. With the Irish language vanishing throughout the rest of Ireland, the Great Blasket in the early Twentieth Century became a magnet for scholars and writers drawn there during the Gaelic renaissance, to study and learn.

The author takes us through a story of love and friendship, literature and language. He immerses us in the fascinating culture of the islanders tucked away from the rest of civilization who kept alive an entire country's past, and in the newcomers and residents alike who would bring the island's remarkable story to the larger world.

Read more at Robert Kanigel's official site.