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Tipperary A Novel [PDF / EPUB] Tipperary A Novel “My wooing began in passion was defined by violence and circumscribed by land; all these elements molded my soul” So writes Charles O’Brien the unforgettable hero of bestselling author Frank Del “My wooing began in passion was defined by violence and circumscribed by land; all these elements molded my soul” So writes Charles O’Brien the unforgettable hero of bestselling author Frank Delaney’s extraordinary new novel–a sweeping epic of obsession profound devotion and compelling history involving a turbulent era that would shape modern Ireland Born into a respected Irish Anglo family in Charles loves his Tipperary A PDF/EPUB ² native land and its long suffering but irrepressible people As a healer he travels the countryside dispensing traditional cures while soaking up stories and legends of bygone times–and witnessing the painful often violent birth of land reform measures destined to lead to Irish independenceAt the age of forty summoned to Paris to treat his dying countryman–the infamous Oscar Wilde–Charles experiences the fateful moment of his life In a chance encounter with a beautiful and determined young Englishwoman eighteen year old April Burke he is instantly and passionately smitten–but callously rejected Vowing to improve himself Charles returns to Ireland where he undertakes the preservation of the great and abandoned estate of Tipperary in whose shadow he has lived his whole life–and which he discovers may belong to April and her father As Charles pursues his obsession he writes the “History” of his own life and country While doing so he meets the great figures of the day including Charles Parnell William Butler Yeats and George Bernard Shaw And he also falls victim to less well known characters–who prove far dangerous Tipperary also features a second “historian” a present day commentator a retired and obscure history teacher who suddenly discovers that he has much at stake in the telling of Charles’s storyIn this gloriously absorbing and utterly satisfying novel a man’s passion for the woman he loves is twinned with his country’s emergence as a nation With storytelling as sweeping and dramatic as the land itself myth fact and fiction are all woven together with the power of the great nineteenth century novelists Tipperary once again proves Frank Delaney’s unrivaled mastery at bringing Irish history to life Praise for Frank Delaney’s TIPPERARY “The narrative moves swiftly and surelyA sort of Irish Gone With the Wind marked by sly humor historical awareness and plenty of staying power” — Kirkus Reviews“Another meticulously researched journeyDelaney’s careful scholarship and compelling storytelling bring it uniuely alive Highly recommended” — Library Journal starred“Sophisticated and creative” — Booklist “Delaney’s confident storytelling and uirky characterizations enrich a fascinating and complex period of Irish history” — Publishers Weekly“Read just a few sentences of Frank Delaney’s writing and you’ll see why National Public Radio called him ‘the world’s most elouent man’” — Kirkus Reviews “Big Book Guide ” From the Hardcover edition.


About the Author: Frank Delaney

Frank Delaney was an author a broadcaster on both television and radio journalist screenwriter playwright lecturer and a judge of many literary prizes Delaney interviewed than of the world's most important writers NPR called him 'The Most Elouent Man in the World' Delaney was born and raised in County Tipperary Ireland spent than twenty five years in England before movi.



10 thoughts on “Tipperary A Novel

  1. says:

    This was of a 35 star for me I really enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel reading about England's rule in Ireland at the time and the fight to give back rule to the Irish I also enjoyed the story of the restoration of Tipperary castle and his descriptions of it were superb It was largely unbelievable that a person who wasn't well connected or wealthy could meet with every person of interest in Ireland at the time which is why a lot of people may be put off this story Although it would be uite cool to have met all those amazing characters I think the author was just showing off his knowledge about them


  2. says:

    Tipperary reads like a textbook with a human interest story thrown in for good measure This makes sense when you find out that the author is a retired BBC broadcaster If you are interested in the Irish revolution this novel is a terrific way to find out But I don't recommend this book for anyone looking for an escape or for fun read On a personal level the characters frustrated me especially Charles and his inactionimmaturity The storyline tends to drag too probably because it is interspersed with a lot of factual information from the seemingly omniscient narrator whose identity and personality is revealed about two thirds of the way through the book That far in such a revelation comes as a bit of a shock really 'Twas a tad unsettling Don't get me wrong; I learned uite a lot and I AM interested in the historical subject matter If I didn't happen to be so interested however I don't know that I would have finished the book Bottom line As a history lesson Tipperary is much better than your average textbook As a novel though it doesn't uite jive


  3. says:

    An author's second novel seldom lives up to the first Mr Delaney though has served up another gem In the author's note to his first novel Ireland Mr Delaney points out “Beneath all the histories of Irelandthere has always been another less obvious reporter speaking – the oral tradition Ireland's vernacular narrative telling the country's tale to her people in stories handed down since God was a boy” Wikipedia lists ten castles in County Tipperary but Tipperary Castle is either a figment of a fine imagination an amalgam of other castles or a combination of the two Charles O'Brien is born on land adjacent to Tipperary Castle The story or history is O'Brien's A personal history of a Castle and the woman that captivate him Charles' story begins “Be careful about me Be careful about my country and my people and how we tell our story We Irish prefer embroideries to plain clothWe love the 'story' part of the word 'history' and we love it trimmed out with color and drama ribbons and bows Listen to our tunes observe a Celtic scroll we always decorate our essence” A description of what love of the land means roughly a uarter of the way into the book is memorable and a description of Irish cuisine a third of the way in is laugh out loud funnyAll seemed gray or black excellent colors in themselves but not in meat or potatoes I thought I was looking at beef until Lady G said 'Why must we always have mutton?'To which her daughter replied 'Mamma this is pork' Mr Delaney puts the O'Brien family in the upper middle class and after his education Charles becomes an itinerant healer; there were not enough doctors to cover rural Ireland Charles travels the country mingling at all levels of society from poor tenant farmers to the Anglo Irish in the country for hundreds of years to recent English immigrants In Charles' travels he is called to Paris to care for Oscar Wilde who is on his death bed Wilde is cared for my many others including April Burke With only a few days to live Wilde tells a tale of another April Burke an actress in a troupe and former shady lady that owned Tipperary Castle During the time in Paris Charles stricken by April tries desperately to get her attention and does but not in the way he hopes – she threatens to have the police throw him in jail as a stalker if he doesn't uit following her around O'Brien resolves that the way to get noticed is to make the ancestral connection to the Actress April Burke So begins a uixotic uest Along the way are strewn other well known Irish names – William Butler Yeats George Bernard Shaw and Michael Connor to name a few Throw in a castle restoration of monumental proportion accomplished during the Irish Civil War that breaks an imperial yoke with a genealogical mystery mixed in and you end up with is a finely embroidered and thoroughly enjoyable tale


  4. says:

    I usually devour books but for some reason this took me almost a month to read I just didn't feel as engaged in the book so I let days pass without reading it I loved Delaney's previous book Ireland My favorite part of Ireland was Delaney's love of storytelling Irish culture and Irish history shone through his beautifully written bookTipperary shows his love of Irish culturehistory as well but the storytelling piece suffered a bit He also recycled almost all of the elements in Ireland noble but lonely man with love of all things Irish and in a traditionally Irish occupation that has him travel to every part of Ireland; the almost obsessive devotion to an elusive love object; uestions of ancestry; switching narrators throughout the story; even the direct participation of the main character in the Easter Uprising and multiple encounters with famous Irish notables It felt like he took so many of the same elements that were successful in Ireland and rearranged them with moderate success in TipperaryI found myself finally engaged 23 of the way through the book and overall it was pretty satisfying But it was not Delaney's best work


  5. says:

    This was a book of the history of Ireland as it struggled to become a nation from the mid eighteenth century through World War I that was told in this captivating novel beginning with a trunk being discovered by a history professor intrigued by its contents including the written history of a Charles O'Brien But as O'Brien cautions the reader Be careful about me Be careful about my country and my people and how we tell our history And so begins the story that I found hard to put down It was the perfect book to be reading on St Patrick's Day


  6. says:

    Made it through 75% and calling it done Forrest Gump? Meet Ireland Pfffft


  7. says:

    Its good tho too long bounces all over the place In the audio version its difficult to know who is speaking both due to the reader not having distinctive character voices that author gives no time place or character change references


  8. says:

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed learning about Irish history through the plot of this novel In the end while the beginning started a little slow I thoroughly enjoyed Tipperary


  9. says:

    When Charles O'Brien sits down to write a history of his life he starts at his first memory and then moves forward Throughout his life Charles' true home was in County Tipperary in Ireland It's where he finds a passion for the land and its people it's where he comes home to after traveling around the country as a healer It's also the place where an Anglo Irish castle lies dilapidated and abandoned For Charles all of this is also wrapped up in his devotion to one woman and throughout his History he tells a sweeping story of Ireland in the midst of chaotic upheaval and change as well as his own personal experiences as he longs for a woman out of reach Epic seems like too grand a term for this book it's intimate than that and doesn't cover multiple generations enough to seem to warrant the word Like Forrest Gump Charles O'Brien keeps being in the right place at the right time to witness some very important events and people in Irish history Sometimes it's a little TOO coincidental but I feel like I do have a much better sense of the timeline of the Irish struggle The time period from before the turn of the century to post WWI was a huge time of change and the book does a good job of making you both sympathetic for the Irish but also frustrated with the way they sometimes are their own worst enemy with the choices they make I enjoyed the narrative style that changed from Charles' own written record to that of another narrator who takes Charles' text and gives it context and helps us understand his unreliability about certain experiences Our narrator shares information from other sources both primary and secondary that flesh things out and also paint a wider picture of the time I particularly liked the storyline involving the castle as well as the little mysteries involving Charles and the narrator While it didn't change my life I was entertained I learned a lot of Irish History and I do feel like I know Tipperary now and since I have a lot of family that emigrated to the United States from that actual county that matters to me


  10. says:

    Frank Delaney is a shanachie following on in the tradition of the old storytellers of Ireland This would seem to be the art he employs but behind the apparent simplicity and anecdotal nature of the tales he tells lies a very sharply honed novelist's mind There is a design behind the loosely linked series of stories through which the principal narrator Charles O'Brien sets out his own life story from the 1860s through to the early 20th century Charles acts as a witness to the way in which the land was restored to the dispossessed and embittered native population and comes in contact often uite innocently with major figures of the period such as Parnell Oscar Wilde Shaw Yeats and even Michael Collins Other voices interject from time to time to indicate that Charles for all his confidence in his own elouence and grasp of the situation often doesn't uite understand how others see him nor what is really taking place in the country This is wonderfully well done and constitutes a fresh and rather variegated look at a period which most of us who grew up in Ireland only know from textbooks One of the most devastating and politically incorrect themes which continually comes through flying in the face of the pieties of the modern Republic is that there is such an enormous disparity between native Catholics and settler Protestants both of whom passionately love the land that there is practically no hope whatsoever of the two tribes ever being able to comprehend one another


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