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Oxford Irish Quotations [Paperback]

Bernard O'Donoghue

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Book Description

March 1999
Oxford Irish Quotations is a collection of over 2,000 quotations, arranged thematically. The quotations have been chosen because they say something about Ireland or the Irish, or are associated with a specifically Irish context, rather than simply being said or written by an Irish person. There is an author index, rather than a keyword index. This new selection is planned as a lively reflection of Irish history and culture, with particular emphasis on contemporary issues and interests, and is intended to appeal to the Irish market both at home and abroad. The collection will included as many well-known Irish figures as possible, and will encompass voices of differing cultural origins: Celtic, Norman, Plantation, Scots Presbyterian, and Anglo-Irish. Examples of quotes: `If one could teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized' - Oscar Wilde `The demand I make on my reader, is that he should devote his whole LIFE to reading my works' - James Joyce `Do engine drivers, I wonder, eternally wish they were small boys' - Flann O'Brien `Dublin is state of mind as much as a city' - Tom MacDonagh

Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press UK (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198602391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198602392
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g

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About the Author

Bernard O'Donoghue, born in County Cork, is a poet and academic teacher of Medieval Literature at Oxford. He won the Whitbread Poetry Award in 1995 for his `Gunpowder' collection.

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4.0 out of 5 stars This is Just What the Title says... June 2 2000
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This book is a great source for purely Irish quotes - for those who are fiercely defensive of the homeland, those that love to mock it, or anyone else.
Since I was actually looking for those disgustingly trite bits of Irish wisdom, the ones that lend themselves to a great brogue and end with 'laddie, this book didn't exactly suit my needs. However, it does cover a wide variety of topics, has more than 2000 quotes and is current enough to include Sinead O'Connor and Bono, without forgetting Yeats and Anthony Trollope (although I suppose that wouldn't really be allowed, would it?)
The only fault that I found with this book was the formatting. For some reason I found the text style hard to read, and that doesn't happen often to me. Other than that its a great reference book for those of us that are Irish, but whose grandparents didn't remember to talk about it.

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