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April Spartanburg, SC. April Baltimore, MD. The utter hardiness of these men - comparable to that of the desert nomads Moorhouse himself has travelled amongst - sent a shiver down my spine. This is an original and unique work - one I personally am not likely to forget. See the review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase. I read some of the reviews on this but it still wasn't what I was expecting. I want a more developed longer one so I was really disappointed when the 1st chapter ended with their arrival there. I wanted to know how in the world they established any kind of community there.
I suppose a lot of what I wanted to know was eventually included in the subsequent chapters but I would have preferred it being about one group rather than several. Verified Purchase. Anyone who visits Ireland's haunting Skellig Islands asks themselves the same question: What have life must have been like for the incredibly dedicated monks who, for hundreds of years, inhabited one of the most isolated, forbidding, harshest, difficult places on earth?
Moorhouse answers this question well with a brilliantly conceived historical novel, which explores not only how these men lived, but also why they chose such a difficult life. The picture Moorhouse paints of daily life is detailed and, one has to conclude, highly accurate. Even more moving, though, are the characters he develops and the insights into what must have been in the minds of men who sacrificed all for a faith that was tested 24 hours a day.
Unlike many historical novels, Sun Dancing is not overly simplistic, its characters are not flat and transparent.
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What could possibly drive men to survive near starvation, Viking raids, a brutal climate, and isolation that would drive many mad? Read this book, and you will begin to understand.
Zitkála-Šá & the Sun Dance Opera
It is not a book about Ireland; it is a book about what human beings will do--and endure--in the name of their faith. Highly recommended. The first part of the book is fascinating as it tells stories of various monks in Ireland over the past centuries. However, that part should be read in conjunction with the second part of the book.
Otherwise, the second part becomes rather tedious. It was very informative and I learned a lot. However, I didn't read it as described above and had trouble getting through the second part. It is worth reading, but don't get carried away with the first part. I picked up this book in the spirit of an upcoming visit to the country of Ireland.
The first half of the book are short stories of the monks at various time periods on the Skellig itself. These stories are ones that may have happened, but are not entirely factual. The second half goes into the evidence that we have about life on the Skellig portrayed in the first part. Though the book was an enjoyable read, I do feel the format would have been better, if a story was then broken up by a chapter with the facts. This way the historical evidence spoke about in chapter 2 does not come several chapters later.
I hope to visit Skellig Micheal soon! Bought this for a class. Very interesting read. Probably should pick it up again. Go to Amazon. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more.
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