Turlough by Brian Keenan

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While held hostage by fundamental Shi’ite militiamen in the suburbs of Beirut, the author, Brian Keenan was visited and sustained by the presence of Turlough O’Carolan – the legendary, blind Irish harper of the seventeenth century. That’s why this novel is both a moving recreation of an extraordinary historical story, and also, obliquely a parallel life – another life imprisoned, and shaped by the dark. Narrated largely by O’Carolan on his death bed, the novel powerfully brings to life a lost Ireland of famine and disease, eviction and oppression. Stalking through the broken and dispossessed comes Turlough O’Carolan, the musical prodigy, blinded by smallpox and now an itinerant harper, lauded by the aristocracy and a hero to his people. This 2001 Vintage Paperback is in Very Good condition.

ISBN: 9780099474319 SKU: 895983 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.