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About Ireland   By: (1822-1898)

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About Ireland by Elizabeth Lynn Linton provides a captivating and insightful exploration of the diverse landscapes, rich culture, and fascinating history of Ireland. Linton's passion for the subject is palpable throughout the book, and her extensive research is evident in the wealth of information presented.

One of the book's major strengths is its detailed descriptions of Ireland's breathtaking scenery. Linton takes readers on a journey through lush green valleys, majestic mountains, and rugged coastlines. The vivid imagery beautifully captures the essence of Ireland, allowing readers to envision its natural beauty and understand why it is often referred to as the "Emerald Isle."

In addition to its physical landscapes, Linton delves into Ireland's cultural heritage. She explores the traditions, folklore, and customs that have shaped the Irish people over centuries. By recounting ancient legends and tales, she brings to life the myths and superstitions that still hold a significant place in Irish society today. This aspect of the book not only helps readers appreciate Ireland's unique cultural identity but also provides a deeper understanding of its people.

Linton's historical analysis is another highlight of the book. She skillfully unravels Ireland's complex past, shedding light on its turbulent history of conquest, rebellion, and eventual struggle for independence. Through her engaging storytelling, Linton provides a comprehensive overview of key events, such as the Great Famine and the Irish War of Independence, while also highlighting the influence of prominent figures like Daniel O'Connell and Michael Collins.

Although the book is exceptional in many regards, it can occasionally become overly detailed, potentially overwhelming readers with an abundance of historical facts and figures. However, Linton's clear and engaging writing style helps to mitigate this issue, ensuring the information remains accessible and engaging to a wide range of readers.

Overall, About Ireland by Elizabeth Lynn Linton is a captivating exploration of Ireland's landscapes, culture, and history. Whether you are planning a trip to Ireland or simply have an interest in the subject, this book offers a comprehensive and enlightening perspective on this extraordinary country. Linton's passion and expertise shine through each chapter, making it a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Emerald Isle.

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I am conscious that I ought to make some kind of apology for rushing into print on a subject which I do not half know. But I do know just a little more than I did when I was an ardent Home Ruler, influenced by the seductive charm of sentiment and abstract principle only; and I think that perhaps the process by which my own blindness has been couched may help to clear the vision of others who see as I did. All of us lay folk are obliged to follow the leaders of those schools in politics, science, or religion, to which our temperament and mental idiosyncracies affiliate us. Life is not long enough for us to examine from the beginning upwards all the questions in which we are interested; and it is only by chance that we find ourselves set face to face with the first principles and elemental facts of a cause to which, perhaps, as blind and believing followers of our leaders, we have committed ourselves with the ardour of conviction and the intemperance of ignorance. In this matter of Ireland I believed in the accusations of brutality, injustice, and general insolence of tyranny from modern landlords to existing tenants, so constantly made by the Home Rulers and their organs; and, shocking though the undeniable crimes committed by the Campaigners were, they seemed to me the tragic results of that kind of despair which seizes on men who, goaded to madness by oppression, are reduced to masked murder as their sole means of defence and as, after all, but a sadly natural retaliation... Continue reading book >>

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