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Global Community: ISLANDERS by Peadar O'Donnell


    2802 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ (map)

    33.495441 -112.021202

  • In honor of St.Patrick's Day, this month's novel is a five-star read by a revered Irish author. First published in 1927, it's a deceptively simple novel, but the panorama of the book is heroic. The Doogan family is eking out an existence on an island off the coast of Donegal. By focusing on this one family, O'Donnell distills the humanity of this Irish family and their tragic pathos. The concise language is remarkable and the Doogans mirror the state of Ireland at the time. At only 126 pages, a second selection, if you have time: The Bone People by Keri Hulme.

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