Tipperary: A Novel of Ireland

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Tipperary: A Novel of Ireland

Tipperary A Novel of Ireland My wooing began in passion was defined by violence and circumscribed by land all these elements molded my soul So writes Charles O Brien the unforgettable hero of bestselling author Frank Delaney s

  • Title: Tipperary: A Novel of Ireland
  • Author: Frank Delaney
  • ISBN: 9780739333709
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Audio CD
  • My wooing began in passion, was defined by violence and circumscribed by land all these elements molded my soul So writes Charles O Brien, the unforgettable hero of bestselling author Frank Delaney s extraordinary new novel a sweeping epic of obsession, profound devotion, and compelling history involving a turbulent era that would shape modern Ireland Born into a resp My wooing began in passion, was defined by violence and circumscribed by land all these elements molded my soul So writes Charles O Brien, the unforgettable hero of bestselling author Frank Delaney s extraordinary new novel a sweeping epic of obsession, profound devotion, and compelling history involving a turbulent era that would shape modern Ireland Born into a respected Irish Anglo family in 1860, Charles loves his native land and its long suffering but irrepressible people As a healer, he travels the countryside dispensing traditional cures while soaking up stories and legends of bygone times and witnessing the painful, often violent birth of land reform measures destined to lead to Irish independence.At the age of forty, summoned to Paris to treat his dying countryman the infamous Oscar Wilde Charles experiences the fateful moment of his life In a chance encounter with a beautiful and determined young Englishwoman, eighteen year old April Burke, he is instantly and passionately smitten but callously rejected Vowing to improve himself, Charles returns to Ireland, where he undertakes the preservation of the great and abandoned estate of Tipperary, in whose shadow he has lived his whole life and which, he discovers, may belong to April and her father As Charles pursues his obsession, he writes the History of his own life and country While doing so, he meets the great figures of the day, including Charles Parnell, William Butler Yeats, and George Bernard Shaw And he also falls victim to less well known characters who prove far dangerous Tipperary also features a second historian a present day commentator, a retired and obscure history teacher who suddenly discovers that he has much at stake in the telling of Charles s story.In this gloriously absorbing and utterly satisfying novel, a man s passion for the woman he loves is twinned with his country s emergence as a nation With storytelling as sweeping and dramatic as the land itself, myth, fact, and fiction are all woven together with the power of the great nineteenth century novelists Tipperary once again proves Frank Delaney s unrivaled mastery at bringing Irish history to life Praise for Frank Delaney s TIPPERARY T he narrative moves swiftly and surely A sort of Irish Gone With the Wind, marked by sly humor, historical awareness and plenty of staying power Kirkus Reviews A nother meticulously researched journey Delaney s careful scholarship and compelling storytelling bring it uniquely alive Highly recommended Library Journal starred Sophisticated and creative Booklist Delaney s confident storytelling and quirky characterizations enrich a fascinating and complex period of Irish history Publishers Weekly Read just a few sentences of Frank Delaney s writing and you ll see why National Public Radio called him the world s most eloquent man Kirkus Reviews, Big Book Guide 2007 From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Serf on said:

      This was more of a 3.5 star for me. I really enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel, reading about England's rule in Ireland at the time and the fight to give back rule to the Irish. I also enjoyed the story of the restoration of Tipperary castle and his descriptions of it were superb. It was largely unbelievable that a person who wasn't well connected or wealthy could meet with every person of interest in Ireland at the time which is why a lot of people may be put off this story. Although [...]

    2. Jim on said:

      An author's second novel seldom lives up to the first. Mr. Delaney, though, has served up another gem. In the author's note to his first novel, Ireland, Mr. Delaney points out “Beneath all the histories of Irelandere has always been another, less obvious, reporter speaking – the oral tradition, Ireland's vernacular narrative, telling the country's tale to her people in stories handed down since God was a boy”. lists ten castles in County Tipperary, but Tipperary Castle is either a figment [...]

    3. Kelsey on said:

      Tipperary reads like a textbook with a human interest story thrown in for good measure. This makes sense when you find out that the author is a retired BBC broadcaster. If you are interested in the Irish revolution, this novel is a terrific way to find out more. But I don't recommend this book for anyone looking for an "escape" or "for fun" read. On a personal level, the characters frustrated me (especially Charles and his inaction/immaturity). The storyline tends to drag, too, probably because [...]

    4. Terry on said:

      I usually devour books but for some reason this took me almost a month to read. I just didn't feel as engaged in the book so I let days pass without reading it. I loved Delaney's previous book, Ireland. My favorite part of Ireland was Delaney's love of storytelling, Irish culture, and Irish history shone through his beautifully-written book.Tipperary shows his love of Irish culture/history as well, but the storytelling piece suffered a bit. He also recycled almost all of the elements in Ireland: [...]

    5. Lorna on said:

      This was a book of the history of Ireland as it struggled to become a nation from the mid-eighteenth century through World War I that was told in this captivating novel beginning with a trunk being discovered by a history professor intrigued by its contents including the written history of a Charles O'Brien. But as O'Brien cautions the reader, "Be careful about me. Be careful about my country and my people and how we tell our history." And so begins the story that I found hard to put down. It wa [...]

    6. Corinne on said:

      When Charles O'Brien sits down to write a history of his life, he starts at his first memory and then moves forward. Throughout his life, Charles' true home was in County Tipperary, in Ireland. It's where he finds a passion for the land and its people, it's where he comes home to after traveling around the country as a healer. It's also the place where an Anglo-Irish castle lies dilapidated and abandoned. For Charles, all of this is also wrapped up in his devotion to one woman and throughout his [...]

    7. Brendan Lyons on said:

      Frank Delaney is a shanachie, following on in the tradition of the old storytellers of Ireland. This would seem to be the art he employs, but behind the apparent simplicity and anecdotal nature of the tales he tells lies a very sharply-honed novelist's mind. There is a design behind the loosely linked series of stories through which the principal narrator, Charles O'Brien, sets out his own life story from the 1860s through to the early 20th century. Charles acts as a witness to the way in which [...]

    8. Amy on said:

      I generally enjoy historical fiction, especially when written about a time and/or place that I know little about. Novels such as "I, Claudius" or "Arthur and George" do a wonderful job of illuminating Ancient Rome or nineteenth century London, respectively. With this novel, however, I didn't feel enlightened so much as lectured to, and ultimately confused. I was never able to get a good sense of the characters, and what they felt and saw. Instead, it just seemed to me that the author simply list [...]

    9. Candy on said:

      It was okay. I found that I muddled through it, and it really did take me a long time to finish it. I was determined, in the end, to just sit and finally finish it.It's an interesting account of early Ireland history, from the point of view of a young man (when he started his journal), through the tumultuous years of Ireland's history. As many reviews have pointed out, it does seem to take from Forrest Gump, with notable Irish heroes, writers and poets just conveniently showing up during the cou [...]

    10. Lynn Bornath on said:

      The beginning of the book was a bit boring and the present-day narrator felt intrusive. I didn't care much for Charles either. He came across as a bit pathetic, chasing after a mostly unlikeable woman who wasn't the least bit interested in him. However, about a quarter of the way into the book, things began to improve. The history became more interesting, more was revealed about the present-day narrator, and Charles developed a backbone (and a personality). By the time I reached the end, I'd lea [...]

    11. Alison on said:

      I listened to this book on CD and really enjoyed the reading by the author. Who doesn't like listening to a Irish voice. The prose were poetic. He has a gift for telling stories. The Irish history was interesting as it was interwoven with the characters in the story. It was nice to be reminded of the depth of a book and the beauty of words placed together after reading so much by way of an easy read in the YA fiction category.

    12. Lynn Flowers on said:

      I loved the imagery and history in this book, as well as the revelation at the end. However, the first half is too slow and the interweaving of timelines was not as smooth and captivating as it could have been. I learned a lot about Irish history and enjoyed the characters so overall glad I read it!

    13. Joanie Zosike on said:

      Delaney manages to keep a dangerously delicate conceit together while unravelling this fictionalized history about Tipperary. The history seems accurate, although the story that reveals it, is his invention, a tapestry of complex characters. It is highly dramatic and moves fast, and he kept his many characters engaged with one another in unexpected ways. I enjoyed this read very much.

    14. Teri Pre on said:

      Made it through 75% and calling it done. Forrest Gump? Meet Ireland. Pfffft!

    15. Kathleen DuVall on said:

      Having previously read "Ireland" by the same author and knowing that I love anything that is Irish historical fiction, it was a good bet that I would like this one too. It was interesting in that it centers around a manuscript written long ago that is found and "reprinted". Interspersed into the tale told are the comments from a man who I considered the editor of the manuscript who provided historical reference to enhance the story. The backdrop to the story was Ireland in the early 1900's so th [...]

    16. Nancy on said:

      3.5 stars Charles O'Brien is an Anglo-Irishman born in 1860. When he falls madly in love with April Burke, he decides to write the history of his love affair. Along the way he meets Oscar Wilde, Charles Parnell, William Butler Yates, and many other important figures associated with this turbulent time in Ireland's history.

    17. Mary on said:

      This is a tough one to rate, and I don’t often put in reviews. I had been in Ireland in 2017 and going back in 2018, so even this was fiction, I did learn some things about the country. I had a horrible time staying it for probably 70% of th book, the last 30% was good. But it kept flipping who was ‘talking’ so I lost some of the content.

    18. Ralph Martin on said:

      A fascinating look at Irish history. My only complaint was that I found the events of, and the number of famous characters entering, the life of the main character more than I was prepared to believe.

    19. Melissa A Comer on said:

      "The Irish have always turned defeat into moral and emotional triumph"A superb retelling of Irish history without dwelling on the usual hard-scrabble struggles. The novel moves seamlessly between third person narratives and first person memoir--a heartfelt and profound story.

    20. Cate on said:

      Took a bit for the story line to catch my attnetion, but when it did, I couldn't put it down. Worth it.

    21. Elizabeth (Betty) on said:

      Another view of the beauty and struggle of Ireland to become independent told through an interesting story of romance and intrigue. Enjoyable read.

    22. Cindy on said:

      Enjoyed the history but I was little confused by all the characters. This could have been because I listened to the audiobook, but at any rate, did not enjoy this one as much as Ireland.

    23. Teddy on said:

      Several of the reviews said they thought it was more like a text book, but I thought it was a nice story and not too dry. Definitely a lot of interesting history about politics in Ireland.

    24. Abbe on said:

      From Publishers Weekly Seventy-five years after the death of Charles O'Brien, an Anglo-Irish itinerant healer and occasional journalist born in 1860, his memoir is discovered in a trunk. The result is this touching novel from Ireland author Delaney, in which the manuscript's putative discoverer adds his own unreliable commentary to the fictive Charles's probably embellished perceptions—making for a glowing composite of a volatile Ireland. Charles claims to treat Oscar Wilde on his deathbed; ad [...]

    25. Phyllis Fredericksen on said:

      I'll be honestuldn't finish this book, and I rarely do that. History was researched, but writing left much to be desired. Basically, he was all over the place. Story just took forever to develop and I don't think it ever did. Not worth the read.

    26. Mike Briggs on said:

      Setting: Ireland, 1860-presentMini-Review:The book is now complete, and now a mini-review before the main review. The book is about a man named Charlie O’Brien, who, at the advanced age of 40, meets and falls in love with a woman named April Burke (who is around 19-23, probably closer to 23). The woman fears the man and finds him disturbing. The man is not put off and continues to seek her. Many years pass. Eventually the woman allows the man to help her in several important tasks. All told ag [...]

    27. Justin on said:

      This is a fascinating book that ended up grabbing me after my initial assumptions that I wasn’t going to like it very much.Delaney uses a very specific convention to tell the story, splitting the narration between two main protagonists: the memoirs of an Irish man named Charles O’Brien, written at the turn of the 20th century, and the commentaries and reflections on said memoirs by a historian that discovered them. Through the research of the latter narrator, we also get perspectives through [...]

    28. Dianne on said:

      Charles O'Brien is nine years old when he witnesses a neighboring Irish family being evicted from their home and the house being pulled down as mother, father and three young children run toward the safety of the forest with only the clothes on their backs. The evicted family and their ancestors had worked the surrounding fields for hundreds of years, and the father had lost a leg while a soldier in the King's army, but none of that mattered to the ruling English. What Charles saw that day haunt [...]

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