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Author: Tim Robinson
ISBN: 014011565X
Subcategory: Europe
Pages 320 pages
Publisher Penguin Books; Reprint edition (January 2, 1991)
Language English
Category: Travel
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by Tim Robinson


Tim Robinson's maps and books honor the landscapes they describe.

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Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage" is Robinson's description of the island as he makes a circuit of its shoreline.

This collection of 14 shorter pieces by Tim Robinson, mathematician, teacher, artist and cartographer, gives a portrait of the west of Ireland which is unrivalled in recent writing from that country.

Tim Robinson moved from London to the Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland, in 1972. Originally published in 1986, the first of these volumes explored the coast of the largest island, Aran; the second, the interior. The first has now been reissued with an incisive introduction from Robert Macfarlane, and we can only hope the second follows soon.

Home Products Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage. Additional Book Information. Series: NYRB Classics ISBN: 9781590172773 Pages: 416 Publication Date: August 5, 2008. Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage. like a visitor peering through the warped and colored glass of an ancient church window.

Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage" is, as Robert Macfarlane says in his introduction, 'one of the most sustained, intensive and imaginative studies of a place that has ever been carried out'. That place is one of the most mysterious and oldest inhabited landscapes in the world, the islands of Aran off the west coast of Ireland.

Robinson’s method was to walk the islands’ 18 square miles, slowly, feeling his way through their present and long . The record in stone of the human presence here covers nearly four thousand years

Robinson’s method was to walk the islands’ 18 square miles, slowly, feeling his way through their present and long past. The record in stone of the human presence here covers nearly four thousand years.

About Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage. Tim Robinson’s maps and books honor the landscapes they describe. The Aran Islands, in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland, are a unique geological and cultural landscape, and for centuries their stark beauty and their inhabitants’ traditional way of life have attracted pilgrims from abroad.

Stones of Aran: Labyrinth is a companion volume to Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage (1986), the acclaimed first step of a. .

Stones of Aran: Labyrinth is a companion volume to Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage (1986), the acclaimed first step of a magisterial survey. Nine years on Robinson completes his quest. As always with Robinson, the writing is exact and eloquent, the terrritory exciting. This is a book to cherish and re-read, challenging, infuriating and satisfying in turn, with nuggets of poetry glinting between the curves and planes of its ideas - and passages of pure gold. Mary O'Malley, Irish Times.

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Describes a journey around the coast of Aran along the southern cliff-line of the Atlantic, including the Western Brannock Islets, followed by a return around the low-lying northern coast. The author records the archaeology, botany and birdlife, history and folklore of this region.
Hulis
Obviously, it takes a somewhat rum fellow, a mathematician and an artist and cartographer, to settle down and become a denizen on a few relatively barren, sparsely populated limestone rocks off the west coast of Ireland, to do so and to write a book exploring the minutiae of the language, folklore, history, geology, archaeology of said outcrops whilst making what he is pleased to call a "pilgrimage" around the perimeters of them.

The results of this pilgrimage range from the pedantic to the poetic. The careful mathematician in Robinson scrutinizes all these different aspects of the the surrounding flora and fauna, folklore and myth, that, frankly, at times, make reading the book what this perambulation obviously was for Robinson much of the time, more than a bit of a slog. One certainly learns quite a lot, but is it worth knowing?

Robinson, as it happens, and this to me is the heart of the book, is continually asking himself this question. Often, he will simply break in the middle of what he is describing or explicating to ask himself the equivalent of - "What am I doing here?" - both in regard to making this foray on foot and to recording his experiences and his researches into Aran's archaeology, geology and history, both actual and apocryphal.

There are brilliant, epiphanic poetic flashes, which, to me, constitute the finest parts of the book, such as:

"I have visited the place too on a calm summer night by a full moon that laced the sea with mercury all the way to Clare, and in a wintry dusk when the screaming choughs were blown by like scraps torn out of the night, and a crescent moon and evening star followed the sun down into the western cloudbanks."

A "chough" is a bird of the crow family.

What one comes away from the book with is a sense of a man trying to find his place in the world, to make some sense of it all. Towards the end here, Robinson recounts the peroration of a cleric on the book of Ecclesiastes, to which Robinson contemplatively rejoins:

"Preachers induce such moods, the better to peddle their teleological pick-me-ups. If one declines these, the only cure is to walk on, out of the state in which nothing matters into its mirror image, more vivid like all such, in which everything matters."

The book can be viewed as a meticulous description of the oscillation on the author's part between these two extremes on his scholarly tramp, an oscillation to which all impressionable, contemplative readers will respond, and recognise in themselves.
Uafrmaine
I might have enjoyed this if I were a polymath or a cartographer, but I need narrative, even in non-fiction. I am down for the count at page 161.
Burilar
Tim Robinson could write about almost any subject and it would be a pleasure to read his erudite product. That he wrote this book about Aran is an extraordinarily fortunate event for us. The map he creates with his words has dimensions of time, character, opinion, humor and irony as well as the more usual up, down and across. No piece of earth has ever been more generously dealt with than Aran here in this book and its companion volume: Labyrinth. Mr. Robinson has distilled a place and its people--historical and current--to a deeply satisfying draft and serves it with Irish hospitality.
Windworker
Not much I can say that hasnt already been said by previous reviewers, a great book. A look into a world that no longer exists
Ubranzac
Wow, not an easy read, but worth it. Much to chew on.
Vikus
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GYBYXOH
Tim Robinson published this account of the largest of the three islands that sit at the entrance to Galway Bay, "Arainn" in the island's own speech, in 1986. He had gone to live there in 1972, and this book is the remarkable distillation of his experience, as well as his exploration of its past. The islands are the last stronghold of the Gaelic language. The particular island that is the topic of this book is roughly 8 miles long by 2 miles wide. The humans that have chosen to live here have made significant adaptations to their environment. I know of only one other book that I could compare it too, one that also examines a Celtic heritage, a bit further south, in France's Brittany. It is Eleanor Clark's "The Oysters of Locmariequer." Like Robinson, Clark examines a very small place, and reports on the "unsummable totality of human perspectives" to use Robinson's phrase in his first chapter.

This book does not exhaust by any means what Robinson has to report about the island. There is a companion volume, "Stones of Aran: Labyrinth." "Pilgrimage" takes the format of a walk around the island's circumference; "Labyrinth" is an exploration of the interior. For sure, there are plenty of diversions along the way. The author immediately draws you in, particularly for Americans suffering from "intelligent design" and "creationism" with a discourse on a timescape without signpost, the cosmology of the universe, with a nod to that famous date some folks think the story all began, 4004 BC.

Robinson's approach to that "unsummable totality" as well as his own erudition are dazzling. He is not one to have gotten trapped into the "how many angels on a pinhead" arguments of a cramped and narrow intellectual discipline. He ranges over disciplines as varied as cosmology, geology, botany, sociology, history, linguists, economics, anthropology and literature. For example he describes with remarkable prose the types of gulls that inhabit the cliffs around Aran, and then goes on to describe the death-defying techniques that the "Cliff men" evolved to hunt them. Then he launched into true pyrotechnics of prose with: "...let the ocean dance in it, and the cliffs above step back in wide balconies to accommodate the thousands who will come to marvel at this kinetic-conceptualist, megalominimalist, unrepeatable and ever-repeated, sublime and absurd show of the Atlantic's extraction of Aran's square root!"

In other chapters he examines the mythology, and actuality of the settlement of these islands. Robert Flaherty's 1932 movie, "Man of Aran," is a valuable referral source for Robinson, and he repeatedly references it in his book. In terms of the economics of the island, it was always a struggle, particularly agriculture, which was supplemented with fishing, particularly of sharks, for their oil. Kelp played a major role in the islands history, from it use as a source of iodine, as well as it being the principal source of fertilizer, which made possible the growth of crops in this stony soil.

Religion is also an integral part of the island's history and present, with a pithy observation by Robinson: "Priests of course have always protected their retail monopoly of supernatural benefits by maligning even the pettiest rival outlets; the coins probably found their way into the Church's pocket and the poor peasant was told to have no further dealings with the Devil...". Meanwhile, the author seems to have a Faulknerian view of history: "I am no disinterested historian; I study the past only to amplify my greedy awareness of the present." As for reality: "The correct way of contacting the depths of reality are just two: either to throw yourself over the cliff into your choice of mysticisms, or to do your time in one of the cultural armies, scientific or artistic."

A couple reviewers said the book could not be categorized. In some ways the observation is correct, but I would demure. There is at least one fit: it is a masterpiece.