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Blasket Spirit: Stories from the Islands

By Anita Fennelly


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Haunting, intimate, contemporary, Blasket Spirit takes you into Anita's experiences and gradual transformation. At the end of a difficult year teaching and coping with bereavement, Anita Fennelly was suffering from physical, mental and emotional burnout. To get away from it all, she sat into her car and drove, ending up at the ferry in Dunquin, bound for the Great Blasket. Anita spent the summer alone on the Great Blasket Island in a tiny barn. This is her account, written by candlelight, of the gradual thawing of her personal isolation through the friendship of the characters of Blasket Island life today: fishermen, ferrymen, backpackers, islanders' descendants, a dolphin, a weaver, a trio of seals and even a former taoiseach. Anita weaves a tapestry of tales: ghost stories told by the fireside, stories of love and hatred, stories celebrating womanhood. Ultimately, Anita's own story is one of healing, survival and hope. Blasket Spirit reveals a timeless place where the souls of the past and present are inextricably linked with the emotional and physical struggles of island life. Into this story of personal healing and recovery, the island stories, its people and places and wildlife are interwoven to form an original and multi-layered memoir.

  • Book Format: eBook
  • Published: 2009
  • Dimensions: 0 x 0 mm
  • Number of pages: 224
  • ISBN: 9781848890756
  • Illustrations note: B&W photos,
A very charming read.
Fennelly's retreat to the islands is recounted here with a particularly descriptive talent
A good read.