Tipperary 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

  • Title: Tipperary
  • Author: Frank Delaney
  • ISBN: 9781400065233
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 resp 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 1860, Charles loves his 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 independence.At 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

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    1. 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 3,500 of the world s most important writers NPR called him The Most Eloquent Man in the World Delaney was born and raised in County Tipperary, Ireland, spent than twenty five years in England before moving to the United States in 2002 He lived in Litchfield County, Connecticut, with his wife, writer and marketer, Diane Meier.

    497 thoughts on “Tipperary”

    1. This was of a 3.5 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 [...]


    2. 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 Irelandere 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 lists ten castles in County Tipperary, but Tipperary Castle is either a figment of a fine imagi [...]


    3. 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 inaction immaturity The storyline tends to drag, too, probably because it is intersper [...]


    4. 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 book.Tipperary shows his love of Irish culture history as well, but the storytelling piece suffered a bit He also recycled almost all of the elements in Ireland nobl [...]


    5. 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 [...]


    6. 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 Hist [...]


    7. 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 [...]


    8. I generally enjoy historical fiction, especially when written about a time and or place that I know little about Novels such as I, Claudius or Arthur and George do a wonderful job of illuminating Ancient Rome or nineteenth century London, respectively With this novel, however, I didn t feel enlightened so much as lectured to, and ultimately confused I was never able to get a good sense of the characters, and what they felt and saw Instead, it just seemed to me that the author simply listed facts [...]


    9. It was okay I found that I muddled through it, and it really did take me a long time to finish it I was determined, in the end, to just sit and finally finish it.It s an interesting account of early Ireland history, from the point of view of a young man when he started his journal , through the tumultuous years of Ireland s history As many reviews have pointed out, it does seem to take from Forrest Gump, with notable Irish heroes, writers and poets just conveniently showing up during the course [...]


    10. The beginning of the book was a bit boring and the present day narrator felt intrusive I didn t care much for Charles either He came across as a bit pathetic, chasing after a mostly unlikeable woman who wasn t the least bit interested in him However, about a quarter of the way into the book, things began to improve The history became interesting, was revealed about the present day narrator, and Charles developed a backbone and a personality By the time I reached the end, I d learned quite a bi [...]


    11. I listened to this book on CD and really enjoyed the reading by the author Who doesn t like listening to a Irish voice The prose were poetic He has a gift for telling stories The Irish history was interesting as it was interwoven with the characters in the story It was nice to be reminded of the depth of a book and the beauty of words placed together after reading so much by way of an easy read in the YA fiction category.


    12. I loved the imagery and history in this book, as well as the revelation at the end However, the first half is too slow and the interweaving of timelines was not as smooth and captivating as it could have been I learned a lot about Irish history and enjoyed the characters so overall glad I read it


    13. Delaney manages to keep a dangerously delicate conceit together while unravelling this fictionalized history about Tipperary The history seems accurate, although the story that reveals it, is his invention, a tapestry of complex characters It is highly dramatic and moves fast, and he kept his many characters engaged with one another in unexpected ways I enjoyed this read very much.



    14. Having previously read Ireland by the same author and knowing that I love anything that is Irish historical fiction, it was a good bet that I would like this one too It was interesting in that it centers around a manuscript written long ago that is found and reprinted Interspersed into the tale told are the comments from a man who I considered the editor of the manuscript who provided historical reference to enhance the story The backdrop to the story was Ireland in the early 1900 s so there was [...]


    15. 3.5 stars Charles O Brien is an Anglo Irishman born in 1860 When he falls madly in love with April Burke, he decides to write the history of his love affair Along the way he meets Oscar Wilde, Charles Parnell, William Butler Yates, and many other important figures associated with this turbulent time in Ireland s history.


    16. This is a tough one to rate, and I don t often put in reviews I had been in Ireland in 2017 and going back in 2018, so even this was fiction, I did learn some things about the country I had a horrible time staying it for probably 70% of th book, the last 30% was good But it kept flipping who was talking so I lost some of the content.


    17. A fascinating look at Irish history My only complaint was that I found the events of, and the number of famous characters entering, the life of the main character than I was prepared to believe.


    18. The Irish have always turned defeat into moral and emotional triumph A superb retelling of Irish history without dwelling on the usual hard scrabble struggles The novel moves seamlessly between third person narratives and first person memoir a heartfelt and profound story.



    19. Another view of the beauty and struggle of Ireland to become independent told through an interesting story of romance and intrigue Enjoyable read.


    20. Enjoyed the history but I was little confused by all the characters This could have been because I listened to the audiobook, but at any rate, did not enjoy this one as much as Ireland.


    21. From Publishers Weekly Seventy five years after the death of Charles O Brien, an Anglo Irish itinerant healer and occasional journalist born in 1860, his memoir is discovered in a trunk The result is this touching novel from Ireland author Delaney, in which the manuscript s putative discoverer adds his own unreliable commentary to the fictive Charles s probably embellished perceptions making for a glowing composite of a volatile Ireland Charles claims to treat Oscar Wilde on his deathbed advise [...]


    22. I ll be honestuldn t finish this book, and I rarely do that History was researched, but writing left much to be desired Basically, he was all over the place Story just took forever to develop and I don t think it ever did Not worth the read.


    23. Setting Ireland, 1860 presentMini Review The book is now complete, and now a mini review before the main review The book is about a man named Charlie O Brien, who, at the advanced age of 40, meets and falls in love with a woman named April Burke who is around 19 23, probably closer to 23 The woman fears the man and finds him disturbing The man is not put off and continues to seek her Many years pass Eventually the woman allows the man to help her in several important tasks All told against the b [...]



    24. This is a fascinating book that ended up grabbing me after my initial assumptions that I wasn t going to like it very much.Delaney uses a very specific convention to tell the story, splitting the narration between two main protagonists the memoirs of an Irish man named Charles O Brien, written at the turn of the 20th century, and the commentaries and reflections on said memoirs by a historian that discovered them Through the research of the latter narrator, we also get perspectives through the j [...]


    25. Charles O Brien is nine years old when he witnesses a neighboring Irish family being evicted from their home and the house being pulled down as mother, father and three young children run toward the safety of the forest with only the clothes on their backs The evicted family and their ancestors had worked the surrounding fields for hundreds of years, and the father had lost a leg while a soldier in the King s army, but none of that mattered to the ruling English What Charles saw that day haunted [...]


    26. It took a while for the book to really get going with the main character story line The beginning is about setting the stage of history in Ireland during the land reformation and declaring independence from Britain I really loved that about the book The Irish history was fascinating and the way the author details it was very intriguing I know little about Irish history, it wasn t touched on in any history class that I remember and what I do know of it mostly comes from documentaries or historic [...]


    27. I had a hard time getting into this book for the first 100 pages as the author spent a lot of time setting the over tone and establishing the main ch.I had a hard time getting into this book for the first 100 pages as the author spent a lot of time setting the over tone and establishing the main characters In fact, I set the book down several times to read finish other books before returning to it Glad I didn t give up though, as it is the type book that builds as you get further in The story re [...]


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