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Omnibus, A Stranger in Their Midst; Telling the Pictures; The Sins of the Mothers (London: HarperCollins 1996), audiobook read by author. Non-fiction, James Joyces Odyssey: A Guide to the Dublin of Ulysses (London: Granada 1983); The Celts (London: Hodder & Stoughton 1986).
Miscellaneous, intro. The Landleaguers, by Anthony Trollope (Trollope Society ); xix, 357pp.
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Tom Dunne, A New Lady Morgan, review of Ireland, in Times Literary Supplement (15 Oct. 2004), p.23: Ronans obsession with the storyteller and his stories gives Frank Delaneys Ireland what narrative drive it possesses, and its main weakness is Delaney s inability to make him an interesting, or even a complex, character. A loner with no self-awareness and a single focus, he is as uncomprehending of the world around him at the end as at the beginning. Puberty passed like a short season, we are told, like everything else subordinate to his quest for the old man [...] The important challenge to modern revisionism raised by Brendan Bradshaw, Seamus Deane and others, and suggested in the title of Ronans doctoral research, the Story of Ireland, never comes properly into focus. / Insteads what we are presented with is just another version of The Story of Ireland, a celebration of Irelands unique and heroic past in the tradition of A. M. Sullivans best-selling book of that name in the late nineteenth century. Contrasts this traditional piety with Roddy Doyles subversive, irreverent account of 1916 in A Star Called Henry and worries that it may beguile the very similiar amnesiaca romanticism of Provisional Sinn Fein.
Roslyn Blyn-Ladrew, review of Ireland: A Novel (NY 2005), in Irish Edition [US], July 2005, p.21: Delaneys novel consists of numerous stories with a story, framed by the account of a boy, Ronan OMara, who is nine years old when his tory starts in 1951; book journeys through time, the framework returning to period 1951-1966; Ronan makes his own voyage of discovery, seeking the whereabouts of a travelling Seanchaí [sic] and seeking his own indentity in a rapidly modernising Ireland; characters in the more-than 20 historical narratives incl. architect of Newgrange; Angry Woman, Silken Elder; Annan and Senan; Handel in Dublin; Seán OSullivan (folklorist); periods incl. St. Patricks arrival in Ireland; the Irish Famine and the 1916 Rising. The reviewer questions identificatrion of Conchobar Mac Neasa, king of Ulster in the time of Cuchulain, with Conchobar, son of a man [sic] named Nessa, overlooking the story of Neasa in the Ulster cycle where Conchobar is begotton on her by a local chieftain on his learning from the druid Cathbad that the time is good for the begetting of a king on a queen (hence a rare instance of a matrilineal name). In summary, remarks that, details aside, the theme of the novel hinges on the role of oral storytelling in Ireland [...] a particularly appropriate medium in which to absorb Delaneys masterful tale.
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