Robert Kanigel, author of The Man Who Knew Infinity, tells the story of Great Blasket Island—an island off the coast of Ireland that remained untouched by modern living well into the 20th century. With the Irish language rapidly vanishing from the mainland, Great Blasket, a beautiful, remote island of 150 residents, managed to preserve both a language and a way of life. When scholars and writers such as John Millington Synge began to visit, the island blossomed as the center of the Gaelic Renaissance. Kanigel's new work tells how one island, tucked away from the rest of civilization, preserved an entire country’s past.
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