by Thomas Cahill

Reviewer Rating:


I wanted to like this book. I had heard good things, but apparently I have been spoiled by modern narrative non-fiction. Cahill runs through pre-medieval history, spending FAR too much time on Rome and Greece (1/3 of the book), in strict chronological order and never really weaving a story, or telling the reader how it relates back to Ireland until you are bored and disconnected. There are some wonderful historic tidbits and interesting conclusions buried in the text, including a nice section on Saint Patrick, but overall the author glosses over his purported purpose and misses the mark.


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