Category: Books

A retrospective view of Ireland from the far Left

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Morrissey Navigating the Zeitgeist: A Story of the Cold War, the New Left, Irish Republicanism, and International Communism by Helena Sheehan (Monthly Review Press, $US20.00/£18.99) Dr Helena Sheehan is a well-known left-wing intellectual. Her book, Marxism and the Philosophy of Science: Critical History, published in 1985, became a classic work on its subject. She…

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On the track of Newman in Georgian Oxford

Newman’s Oxford: The places and buildings associated with Saint John Henry Newman during his years in Oxford 1816-1846 by Fr Jerome Bertram FSA (Gracewing, £6.99) The canononisation of John Henry Newman will open the way to many more popular accounts of parts of his life. In this very appealing brochure Fr Jerome Bertram, a priest…

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‘Just built something modern’: creating places of worship in the modern way

Modern Religious Architecture in Germany, Ireland and Beyond: Influence, Process and Afterlife since 1945 Lisa Godson & Kathleen James-Chakraborty (Bloomsbury Visual Arts, £44.95/$US80.00) This collection of 11 articles derives from a conference held in Newman House in Dublin back in 2014. Alas, for the general reader concerned with religious architecture it is written in the…

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Arthur Griffith, the ambiguities of his life and politics

Thomas 
Morrissey The Enigma of Arthur Griffith: ‘Father of Us All’ by Colum Kenny (Merrion Press, €19.95) The sub-title ‘Father of Us All’ stems from a declaration of W.T. Cosgrave in 1925 attributing to Michael Collins the statement: “Griffith was the greatest man of his age, the father of us all.” There have been a…

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A South Asian view of the pro-life question

Womb with a Window: Ethical Reflections on the Personhood of the Unborn Through Scripture and Science by Msgr Dr Antony Perumayan (Shanway Press, £12.00; contact 15 Crumlin Road, Belfast, Antrim BT14 6AA; email infro@shanway.com; tel: Northern Ireland 028 9022 2070) The reverend author of this book is the National Co-ordinator of the Syro- Malabar Church…

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Great observers of nature in long-gone days

The Irish Poet and the Natural World: An Anthology of Verse in English from the Tudors to the Romantics edited by Andrew Carpenter and Lucy Collins (Cork University Press, €39.00/£19.95)   The many readers who would be interested in the theme of the American derived anthology above should also look out as well for the…

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A survey of Irish nature seen by poets disappoints

Christopher
 Moriarty   Woven Shades of Green: An anthology of Irish nature literature by Tim Wenzell (Bucknell University Press / distributed by Rutgers University Press, $US29.95/£24.95)   As one of the many writers on Irish nature who is not included in this anthology, I have to declare an interest. The preface indicates that the omission…

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Bellavista ‘wanted everything’ but gave all in a spiritual classic

I Want Everything by Marta Bellavista, ed. by Emanuele Polverelli (Itaca Edizioni, Castel Bolognese, Italy, €15.00; contact e-mail: info@itacalibri.it) This is a collection of writings by a truly remarkable person. Marta Bellavista was born in Cesena in Emilia-Romagna in Italy on October 19, 1983. After classical studies she attended the Catholic University in Milan, where…

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No one is beyond the reach of Jesus

Well of Living Water: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman by Magdalen Lawler SND (Messenger Publications, €10.95) Connecting Lives: Interbelief Dialogue in Contemporary Ireland by Patricia Kiernan (Veritas, €17.99) The Samaritan woman at the well is a familiar figure, even to those whose memories of the gospels have grown dim. As Sister Lawler points out in…

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