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Cahill's work very interesting though brief.
am 24. März 1998
I am a college student with very little spare time. Although doing very well, I find it impossible to persue my education outside of the institutionalized learning killing our current "civilization." Occasionally however, I make time to read a book that I find interesting. My mother bought this book for me because she knew of my interest and, in fact, love for Ireland and Irish things. I read the first few chapters almost out of obligation. I quickly realized, however, how much I was enjoying my reading. With very little time to spend, I stayed up late on Sunday night to finish it, because I knew if I didn't, I would neglect studies the rest of the week to read it. Finally finishing and retiring at two in the morning, I was happy and had learned a lot.
While it's true what previous writers have said about the book, it is rather simple and touches fairly lightly on it's subject, it is a VERY good overview and focuses attention on an uncovered part of European history. In fact, it is mentioned by the paragraph in most textbooks. Imagine a society without almost any Latin literature, and you'll see how important their contribution was. When you add to it the realization that they retaught it to Europe before their tenuous surroundings destroyed their haven, you can realize they perhaps saved us from the historical "tar pit" that robbed us for thousands of years of the advances of civilizations like Egypt, Assyria and possibly Atlantis! Certainly, they deserve, at least, some notice for this.
The author recognizes that his book is not an in depth study or work of investigative academia and, in my opinion, addresses it. In his Bibliography, if you got that far, he gives details about each source and what they held. This would be a very valuable reference if one were to choose to pursue the area further. If not, it is a very informative, interesting and colorful introduction to the history of far western Europe. There were many little historical tidbits that took me by surprise such as the role of women in the irish church (Bishops!). I would recommend it both to the casually interested and the serious student.