Wednesday, August 22, 2012

North A Book Review

 

North is a very excellent collection of poems about Ireland by Heaney. His view of the country are anything but one-dimensional. Heaney's images of Ireland include the unnervingly modern violentholy battles, the incredible womb of its natural territories as well as its mystical roots in Celtic magic.
 There are also many undertones of both Greek and Norse Mythology and to top it all off,  Heaney even manages to achieve somewhat of a discernible narrative for his readers. At its heart, North is a story -or many stories if you will - of birth, exploration, sex, war,death and the afterlife.
This book is a must read for anyone who enjoyed Edith Hamilton's Mythology, has been torn by Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, or intrigued and beguiled by James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake.

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