The Loneliest Boy in the World (Paperback)
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The Loneliest Boy in the World (Paperback)

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Paperback 232 Pages / Published: 15/05/2014
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* `The Loneliest Boy in the World - he has only seagulls as playmates.' 1949 newspaper article * Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain had a unique childhood - he was the last child brought up on the Blasket Islands of Ireland's southwest coast. The nearest in age was his uncle who was thirty years older. In this affectionate memoir, Gearoid recalls growing up on the island without a doctor, priest, school, church or electricity. Despite public perception of this small, vulnerable fishing community, he remembers a wonderful childhood, cherished by parents and neighbours. His memories are entwined with the beliefs and customs handed down through the generations and are an insight into life on the Blaskets. He speaks with authority of the difficulties and challenges facing the final generation on the island. The Blaskets, with their deserted, crumbling cottages, will live on, in part due to the invaluable memories of the last child of the Great Blasket Island. * Also available: From the Great Blasket to America by Michael Carney

Publisher: The Collins Press
ISBN: 9781848892071
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 278 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Simply written but richly detailed.'

* Sunday Times *

'Fascinating, touching book.'

* The Wild Geese *

'Contributes significantly to the existing literature on Blasket living.'

* Sunday Independent *

'Simply written [ - ] O Cathain's observations of the more ordinary aspects of life are sharp and valuable.'

* The Irish Times *

'Remarkable.'

* The Irish Catholic *

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