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The Crocodile by the Door: The Story of a House, a Farm and a Family [Kindle Edition]

Selina Guinness
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Pressestimmen

Something close to a small masterpiece ... enchanting and hopeful (Miranda Seymour Daily Telegraph)

A surprisingly entertaining primer on the travails of farming today, from ungovernable sheep to unfathomable bureaucracy; a fascinating glimpse of what had become of the Anglo-Irish by the late 20th centuryand into the 21st; an elegant modern pastoral and, at the same time, an astute dismantling of that genre; and a meditation on the meaning of labour, and on how hard work shapes identity as well as achievement.... A remarkable book (Belinda McKeon Guardian)

Guinness is an astute observer and stylish chronicler of landscape, architecture and human character. ... she describes her domestic setbacks and achievements with engaging candour. (Irish Times)

A very fine writer with a lovely turn of phrase ... Stories need adversity and the overcoming of obstacles and The Crocodile by the Door has plenty (Spectator)

A memoir so exceptional that it deserves to be ranked as the Irish Book of the Year (Irish Independent)

Beautifully wrought ... The book is rich in beautiful imagery ... This is the story of bringing a landscape to life, and it is glorious (Evening Herald)

Astutely chronicling the wider story of Ireland's downfall through the prism of the farming life, Guinness's book is the unexpected hit of the year (Sunday Business Post)

Kurzbeschreibung

The Crocodile by the Door by Selina Guinness - shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award - is a remarkable, compelling and moving memoir of a farm, a family and a home.



When Selina Guinness and her partner Colin, both young academics, moved in with Selina's uncle Charles, an elderly bachelor, they had no idea what the coming years held for them: a crash course in farming, tense discussions with helicopter-borne property developers, human tragedy, and the challenge of dragging a quasi-feudal estate at the edge of Dublin into the twenty-first century.



The Crocodile by the Door - a dazzling debut memoir that will appeal to fans of Edmund de Waal, William Fiennes and Richard Benson's The Farm - tells this remarkable story.



'Something close to a small masterpiece ... enchanting and hopeful' Miranda Seymour, Daily Telegraph (five stars)



'A surprisingly entertaining primer on the travails of farming today,from ungovernable sheep to unfathomable bureaucracy; a fascinating glimpse of what had become of the Anglo-Irish by the late 20th century and into the 21st; an elegant modern pastoral and, at the same time, an astute dismantling of that genre; and a meditation on the meaning of labour, and on how hard work shapes identity as well as achievement.... A remarkable book' Belinda McKeon, Guardian



'Guinness is an astute observer and stylish chronicler of landscape, architecture and human character. ... she describes her domestic setbacks and achievements with engaging candour.' Irish Times



'A memoir so exceptional that it deserves to be ranked as the Irish Book of the Year' Irish Independent



'A very fine writer with a lovely turn of phrase ... Stories need adversity and the overcoming of obstacles and The Crocodile by the Door has plenty' Spectator



'Astutely chronicling the wider story of Ireland's downfall through the prism of the farming life, Guinness's book is the unexpected hit of the year' Sunday Business Post



'Beautifully wrought ... The book is rich in beautiful imagery ... This is the story of bringing a landscape to life, and it is glorious' Evening Herald


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 446 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 268 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1844881571
  • Verlag: Penguin (27. September 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B008R96L68
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #432.738 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen amusing to read..... 2. März 2014
Von H.A.B.
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an amusing book ... and i thoroughly enjoyed it ... it is easy to read and an amusing story...
also a great gift :)
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Home Renovation, Dublin Style 21. Januar 2014
Von auntjulia - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
This is a poignant and elegant memoir about transformation and restoration - people and architecture. Selina Guinness inherits an old family estate just outside of Dublin and works to restore and renovate it with as much integrity as possible. Restoration work is tough – physical and spiritual, but this is a redemptive story and the house and its family are doing very well now. The author, her family and the villagers stayed with me long after I finished the book. I bought a copy for myself and a copy to give to an Irish friend.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen very good book 18. Oktober 2012
Von Diana A. Williams - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This woman tells the truth in a very engaging way. She gives you a real view of the land she is farming and an intimate view of how the laws in Ireland impact everyday life. She tells her own story and the stories of those around her with love. I recommend this book highly.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting look at living on a farm in the 21st century 16. Februar 2013
Von MTM - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Very well written, a realistic depiction of life on a small sheep farm in the 21st century. Family history and the ups and downs of trying to run a farm, the sad story of the farm help. Surprising that the farm is so close to Dublin city. Developers are seen as the vultures they are, except the bubble burst before they could destroy the surrounding countryside. A pleasant diversion for a winter afternoon.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Lovely light read. 13. Februar 2013
Von lm sparshatt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I haven't quite finished the book and actually don't want to; as I'm enjoying the story so much. The characters are country folk and farmers and the book is about a sheep farm that the author inherited from an eccentric uncle, in Ireland. This is her first autobiographical novel and she has done a great job of telling a tale with wonderful description and interest.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Beautifully written autobiography 11. September 2013
Von Jingle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Rating was chosen because of all the autobiographies I have read, this was certainly one of the most readable, and the most touching. There is a sense of sincerity and truthfulness which makes even the most mundane descriptions evocative and involving. I recommend Selina's story unreservedly to anyone with any feeling for humanity.
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