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A Novel

by Frank Delaney

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    Feb 2005, 576 pages
    Feb 2006, 672 pages

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The history and myths of Ireland. Novel

From the book jacket: One wintry evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller -- a Seanchai (pronounced shanachie), the very last practitioner of a fabled tradition extending back hundreds of years, arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and some of their neighbors to join him by the fireside, and begins to tell stories of Ireland's history. One of his listeners, a nine-year-old boy, Ronan, grows so entranced by the story-telling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again - a search that will take him the next two decades and on a personal path that leads him deeper and deeper into the history and mythology of Ireland itself, in all its drama, intrigue, and ...

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