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Now and in time to be ; Ireland & the Irish
Keneally, Thomas.
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First American edition.
Physical Description:
208 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 30 cm
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"First published in Great Britain by Ryan Publishing Co. Ltd."--T.p. verso.
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DA978.2 .K45 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
DA978.2 .K45 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Thomas Keneally was born in Sydney, Australia on October 7, 1935. Although he initially studied for the Catholic priesthood, he abandoned that idea in 1960, turning to teaching and clerical work before writing and publishing his first novel, The Place at Whitton, in 1964. Since that time he has been a full-time writer, aside from the occasional stint as a lecturer or writer-in-residence.

He won the Booker Prize in 1982 for Schindler's Ark, which Stephen Spielberg adapted into the film Schindler's List. He won the Miles Franklin Award twice with Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers for the Paraclete. His other fiction books include The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, Confederates, The People's Train, Bettany's Book, An Angel in Australia, The Widow and Her Hero, and The Daughters of Mars. His nonfiction works include Searching for Schindler, Three Famines, The Commonwealth of Thieves, The Great Shame, and American Scoundrel. In 1983, he was awarded the order of Australia for his services to Australian Literature.

Thomas Keneally is the recipient of the 2015 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. The award, formerly known as the Writers' Emeritus Award, recognises 'the achievements of eminent literary writers over the age of 60 who have made an outstanding and lifelong contribution to Australian literature.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Obedient as all members of the Irish diaspora are to the mystic chords of memory--or some tug like that--Keneally lands on the south coast, from which his ancestors were forcibly transported to Australia, and then proceeds clockwise around the Emerald Isle. Sentiment and history well up as the pilgrim ponders the ancient monastic ruins, castellated relics of various English occupations, and the rocky, blasted heaths and as he quaffs the holy mead with many a stranger. In a rambling, peripatetic way, that deep feeling produces many astute insights on why Eire remains a fascinating place, and in Ulster, a berserk one. At every stop, be it a cairn, slieve, lough, or offshore inish, Keneally, an accomplished novelist (To Asmara [BKL S 1 89]), invokes a memory personal or national and quotes from the land's incomparable literature. The whole functions as the peculiar Irish "capacity to consecrate and therefore to aggrandise" their tribal myths. Capable photography supports the stronger, contemplative text and is apt to evoke, among the O'Sheas and MacDonnels of the world, dreams of visiting the ancestral cottage. ~--Gilbert Taylor