Listening to the Wind

Listening to the Wind

Listening to the Wind

by Tim Robinson

"How can writing, writing about a place, hope to recuperate its centuries of lost speech?" From this question comes a vivid and unforgettable exploration of Ireland's geography, ecology, and history in the second Seedbank series title. Connemara needs no introduction, and yet the truth of the place is elusive. Cartographer Tim Robinson begins his portrait of the region with the earth right in front of his boots, unveiling swaths of fiontarnach--fall leaf decay--and peering from the edge of the cliff where his house stands on rickety stilts. From here, no less evocatively, unfolds a famous landscape: the "quibbling, contentious terrain" of Bogland; the shorelines of Inis N ; the towering peaks of Twelve Pins. Along the way, Robinson introduces us to Connemara's colorful characters past and present: a skeletal, story-filled sheep farmer; an enterprising botanist who meets an unexpected demise; an engineer who builds bridges, both physical and metaphorical; and a playboy prince and cricket champion. Within geography lie history and myth, and Robinson rejoices in the universal magic of becoming one with a place over time, from climbing mountains to "yoricking" through a graveyard of unbaptized infants. With a keen sense of observation and a big heart, Listening to the Wind is a rich tribute to a place, situated at the intersection of mapmaking and mythmaking.
  • Category:Nature
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  • Publication Date:01/06/2019
  • Edition:0
  • ISBN:9781571313706
  • Format:Soft Cover
  • Delivery time: approx. 14-21 business days*

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