The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border

A poignant, funny, memorable read, layered with ideas Nicholas Crane Timely, informative and often very funny Tom Holland Garrett Carr engages a mapmaker s eye and a writer s sensibility to create a great book The Irish Times Powerfully captures the often desolate beauty of the border landscape in language that is both robust, yet lyrical David Park A marvellous book A poignant, funny, memorable read, layered with ideas Nicholas Crane Timely, informative and often very funny Tom Holland Garrett Carr engages a mapmaker s eye and a writer s sensibility to create a great book The Irish Times Powerfully captures the often desolate beauty of the border landscape in language that is both robust, yet lyrical David Park A marvellous book The Daily Telegraph Carr has the eye of a scientist, and a poet s facility with words Irish Independent The place is rich indeed in life and stone, and I have seldom encountered line drawings as clear and beautiful and photographs as fine as those that appear in this brilliant guide to the border Literary ReviewIn the wake of the EU referendum, the United Kingdom s border with Ireland has gained greater significance it is set to become the frontier with the European Union Over the past year, Garrett Carr has travelled this border, on foot and by canoe, to uncover a landscape with a troubled past and an uncertain future Across this thinly populated line, travelling down hidden pathways and among ancient monuments, Carr encounters a variety of characters who have made the frontier their home He reveals the turbulent history of this landscape and changes the way we look at nationhood, land and power.The book incorporates Carr s own maps and photographs.
The Rule of the Land Walking Ireland s Border A poignant funny memorable read layered with ideas Nicholas Crane Timely informative and often very funny Tom Holland Garrett Carr engages a mapmaker s eye and a writer s sensibility to create a g

  • Title: The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border
  • Author: Garrett Carr
  • ISBN: 9780571313358
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Hardcover
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    THE RULE OF THE LAND WALKING IRELAND S BORDERA BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week Great writing about landscape and history Colm T ib n Bad Blood, Brooklyn Garrett Carr engages a mapmaker s eye and a writer s sensibility to create a great book The Irish Times It is Carr s contention that Ireland is divided than any of us suspected not in two but in three north, south and borderland The third state is opened up in this marvellous book The Daily Telegraph Timely, informative and often very funny Tom Holland Rubicon, Persian Fire Packed with interest varied and fun to read Times Literary Supplement Powerfully captures the often desolate beauty of the border landscape in language that is both robust, yet lyrical David Park Light in Amsterdam, The Truth Commissioner Wonderfully written and like good art should, it constantly surprises and offers new perspectives you see things differently afterwards Irish Independent From ancient defensive monuments to newly built peace bridges, Carr gently uncoils themes of land, home, and power Irish Examiner A poignant, funny, memorable read, layered with ideas Nicholas Crane BBC A sensitive portrait of the people of these borderlands, and his maps of the route are full of unexpected, lively detail Radio Times Reminiscent of Tim Robinson s response to landscape and what dwells within Sunday Times An exceptional read Sunday Independent The place is rich indeed in life and stone, and I have seldom encountered line drawings as clear and beautiful and photographs as fine as those that appear in this brilliant guide to the border Literary ReviewIn the wake of the EU referendum, Ireland s border has gained greater significance it will be the UK s frontier with the European Union Over the past year, Garrett Carr has travelled this border, on foot and by canoe, to uncover a landscape with a troubled past and an uncertain future Across this thinly populated line, travelling down hidden pathways and among ancient monuments, Carr encounters a variety of characters who have made this liminal space their home He reveals the turbulent history of this landscape and changes the way we look at nationhood, land and power.The book incorporates Carr s own maps and photographs.Author of THE BADNESS OF BALLYDOG A born storyteller The Times One of the most imaginative debut children s novels I ve read in a long time Carr s writing is a joy confident, muscular and fearless The Irish Independent one of those books that makes me wish there were no categories at all This is simply one of the best books I ve read in ages NI 4 Kids cracking story The Irish TimesAnd LOST DOGS Twists ordinary life into something rich and strange The Times One of the best reads of the year for the over 10s Evening Echo An extraordinary mix of reality and fantasy thebookbag

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    • Gill said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      'The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border' by Garrett Carr4.5 stars/ 9 out of 10I am always interested in reading books about Ireland, both fiction and nonfiction, so was interested in reading 'The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border'. In this book, following the EU referendum, Garrett Carr sets out to travel the border between Northern Ireland and Eire. Carr has a very attractive writing style, and I was at no stage bored whilst reading his book. The book includes excellent nature [...]

    • Paul said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      In the fallout from Brexit, the only land border between the UK and Europe will be between 300 miles along the porous border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. This line once staffed by soldiers and checkpoints had started to fade back into obscurity as the tensions and anger from decades of the Troubles eased and dissipated. Garrett Carr decided to walk and canoe along this border, to get a sense of the state of these nations and discover more about the people and places. The area he walks t [...]

    • Rita said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      3.5 starsSEE THE ORIGINAL BOOK REVIEW ON MY BLOGAt first I thought that I would have trouble understanding the topic at hand, aftertall not being either Irish or British means that the history of both countries was touched very lightly in History class. I could not have been more wrong. The author has done a great job on explaining each country’s history, both the old and the modern. I understood everything Carr mentioned in his book and only had to do one quick Google search to pick up on som [...]

    • Clare O'Beara said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      Garret is inspecting a souterrain, to the delight of a farmer who thought it was a fox den. "Old, is it?" the man asks."Yes, very.""Pre-war, is it?""Yes," I say. "If by war you mean the Norman invasion."That's a flavour of the lively, logical, lyrical and lamenting adventure. Garret Carr walked, paddled and camped his way around the crinkly border between NI and Ireland. Lanes, fields, lakes and woods were bisected by a line on the map. In tandem with folklore, history and geography, we are told [...]

    • Nancy said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      Garrett Carr has walked Ireland's border and has done his best to make this borderland interesting.I needed Google images to help met get through the book.The writing was not enough to spark my interest.Visuals are esssential and the book had only a few paltry b/w images. (disappointing)Carr has the tendency to lapse into anecdotal narrative.This left me skimming a few pages. (hom)In short, the book title promised an interesting walkbut did not deliver.

    • Dyan said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      I got this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.The Rule of the Land is a nonfiction book about a man who travels the border between the UK and Ireland in anticipation of this becoming a EU border as well.Sadly, I DNF'ed this book after about 30 pages. While the premise sounded very interesting to me, the writing didn't pull me into the story at all. I think this is an interesting story and might be even more interesting if you live in or close to Ireland, but for me it just w [...]

    • The Book Chief said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      ‘Haulbowline Lighthouse stands off shore. Waves crash at it from all sides. I think of it as the beginning because the lighthouse – smooth stone, seamless from a distance – is a fine spool from which to unwind the border. I imagine the line as three hundred miles of oily black cable, wrapped around the lighthouse, waiting to be drawn out.’Books like these are fast becoming one of my favourite genres. They seem to strongly resonate with me and my natural sense of curiosity. The sense of f [...]

    • Ellen said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      This book was a good read if you are interested in Ireland and the how the partition affects the country today. Sometimes the author seemed a little melodramatic in his thoughts about what may have taken place in the borderland through the years. I wish he would have included more about his own life - what was it that drove him to walk the border - what answers was he looking for? I'm not even sure where he grew up exactly. But he does a good job of making the reader think about how the borderla [...]

    • Pedro L. Fragoso said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      Complicated border, difficult to justify (too much History: Poor Ireland, so far away from God, so close to Britain) and Brexit won't help. At least, fore moment, there are no barriers.Nice, iluminating, journey, with lots of stories and anecdotes.(Considerations based on the BBC Radio 4 abridgment.)

    • Dave Eldergill said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      Excellent account of walking Ireland’s border. It’s history and it’s landscape weave through the narrative ever mindful of how post Brexit, the borderlands may take on a new significance.

    • Ragnheiður said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      An excellent book, well written and a joy to read. I am much the wiser after reading it.

    • Teresa said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      This is the kind of meditative non fiction that I like to luxuriate in. Carr talks about all sorts of topics-ancient history, modern history, the creation and delineation of landscapes, identity politics, etc with the common binding thread of it all being Ireland's reality-a complex tapestry of ideas and people. Carr stays relatively neutral in the North/South divide which enhances the dreamy sense of travel. I do recommend that readers have a strong interest in Ireland and/or an interest in his [...]

    • Eileen Hall said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      A beautifully written travel guide to the delights of walking in Ireland.The maps and illustrations enhance it marvelously.Recommended.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Faber and Faber via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    • Nicole Field said:
      May 24, 2019 - 17:41 PM

      I have a love of everything Ireland, so this recent release, documenting a walk along Ireland's border, written just after the Brexit vote, was almost certainly going to be something up my alley. Part travelling journal, part historical account, part mythology, this book has something for everyone. However, I don't believe that most people will love every single part of it with equal amounts. For me, for example, my interest was in the changing parts of Ireland's language, and also the mythology [...]

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