Loneliest Boy in the World (BOK)

Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain

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Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain was the last child brought up on the Blasket Islands off Ireland's southwest coast. His childhood was unique, as he was the only child on the island, the nearest in age being his uncle who was thirty years older. A 1951 newspaper article described him as 'The Loneliest Boy in the World - he has only seagulls as playmates.' In this captivating memoir, he recalls growing up on the island without a doctor, priest, school, church or electricity. The trials and tribulations of the small, vulnerable fishing community until its evacuation are vividly related. Despite public perception, Gearoid remembers a wonderful childhood, cherished by parents and neighbours. His memories are entwined with the beliefs and customs handed down through the generations and are an insight into life on the Blaskets. He speaks with authority of the difficulties and challenges facing the final generation on the island. After the dramatic events of the evacuation, in Dun Chaoin he could pursue Gaelic football, traditional music and formal schooling as the islanders settled into a new environment across the water from their deserted island. The Blaskets, of which nothing remains but crumbling cottages and windswept land, will live on, in part due to the invaluable memories of the last child of the Blasket Islands.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain
The Collins Press
ISBN 9781848892071
Antall sider 224 Dimensjoner 19,7cm x 12,9cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 262 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd