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A bit of Irish literature before your next trip to the country!

Fabiola Esposito

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Before starting your adventure leaning English in Ireland, I recommend you to make a little stop in the way for reading some of its classics.

If you are thinking about moving to Ireland for some months to study English, the best thing to do to start getting ready is to immerse into some of the best works by the most well-known writers of the country. It is a good way to learn about the Irish culture since most of the Irish stories are based on the legends. Here we go with some recommendations before your transfer to the country for studying English in Ireland.

Your reading should start with Dubliners, by the Irish James Joyce, a book written in 1904 which was published in 1914. The book consists of a series of fifteen short stories on different topics, through which the reader will get close to the Irish society of the twentieth century. It was written when Irish nationalism and the search for Irish identity was at its peak. The stories are initiallly narrated by child protagonists, and as the stories continue, they start dealing with the lives and concerns of older people.

A second contact with the Irish literature can come by the hand of the author John Banville with his book The book of evidence written in 1989. Thrilling and mysterious, the story of Montgomery, a brilliant scientist who is in jail waiting for his judgement for robbery and murder. How did he get into that situation?

Our review on Irish literature goes on with The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe. A story of bloody murders in which its protagonist counts on a prefect scenery for his training: a butcher’s shop.

If after these three readings you still would like to know the Irish literature in greater depth, here you have some other titles: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1963), a novel by Roddy Doyle; The Third Policeman (1967) by Flann O’Brien; The Informer (1925) by Liam O’Flaherty; Amongst Women (1990) by John McGahern; The Story of Lucy Gault (2002) by William Trevor; Angela’s Ashes (1996) by Frank McCourt or Star of the Sea (2002) by Joseph O’Connor.

Enjoy your read and your stay abroad learning English in Ireland !

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