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Three Men on an Island (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – April 1997

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Artist James MacIntyre recalls a summer on the remote West Ireland island of Innishlacken with fellow artists Gerard Dillon and George Campbell. From the congested streets, tram cars and junk shops of early-1950s Belfast, the book tells the story of escape and newly discovered self. MacIntyre's lack of stamina when faced with a full night's drinking, his shyness when meeting Kate O'Brien and learning painting techniques from Dillon and Campbell, all point to his youth. But through the camaraderie, the laughter, arguments and Guinness, the thrill of departure and the quest for survival on the island, a lifetime of experience was learned in one short summer.

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I read this book last year. It was a moving experience, as one feels as if one is there on the island with the young painter, MacIntyre, and his two mentors. The story is set on the tiny island of Inishlacken, "Last parish before New York", and is written in the first person by MacIntyre. It is a snapshot of the old way of life in Ireland that is now gone forever. The book is beautifully illustrated with paintings and sketches drawn by the three artists during their time on the island, and these alone make it worth the money. But it is MacIntyre's gentle, humorous, vividly descriptive style of prose that is most captivating, and which ensures that you will be finished reading in less time than you thought. The book has a magical aura about it that makes it stick in your mind. In many ways, it reminds me of Laurie Lee - a true genius of autobiographical writing. MacIntyre's book is one of only a few that I have discovered which is worthy of comparison with Lee's magnificent work. The book made me laugh, think and reminisce about experiences I have had in Ireland. But ultimately, it is rather sad, and I would be surprised if any reader out there is able to make it through without a lump forming in the throat at some stage. Overall, I cannot recommend Three Men On An Island highly enough. For those who have enjoyed reading the autobiogaphical works of such writers as Laurie Lee and Antoine De Saint Exupery, this book has the same emotive magic that novels such as "As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning" and "Wind, Sand And Stars" have in abundance. Now, please go and order it - it will remain with you for the rest of your life. P.S. There is a reference to Emile Zola's La Terre (The Earth) in this book - you would appreciate it better if you read La Terre (which is fantastic, also) prior to reading Three Men On An Island.
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