Thomas Keneally – The Great Shame

Thomas Keneally, the Booker Prize-winning author of Schindlers List, is universally praised for crafting smooth narratives from authentic historical events. With The Great Shame, he turns his insightful eye toward the Irish struggle through the 19h century. In sharp contrast to much of Europe, Ireland was a terrible place to be during the 1800s. Many of the nations finest people set sail for America and Canada. Others were forcibly exiled to Australia for committing crimes as minor as shoplifting. And approximately one million perished when a widespread potato fungus fueled a devastating famine. But the Irish survivedon their homeland and spanning the globemaking profound contributions to the world. Epic in scope, this account captures the humanity of these events and ultimately emerges as a message of hope and glory. Keneally, an Australian with Irish bloodties, powerfully examines many shattered livesincluding those of his own relatives. Narrator John McDonough brings a spirit to this extraordinary book that will not soon be forgotten.
Author: Thomas Keneally
Narrator: John McDonough
Duration: 35 hours 50 minutes
Released: 11 Aug 2007
Publisher: Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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I am enjoying this book, especially after just finishing Immortal Irishman. I am having a problem with Shame only in that it is read by an Englishman. They should have chosen a person with the Irish brogue. The history of the English dominance of Ireland is ugly one in so many respects. Listening to a book about Hitler’s Germany read by a person with a German accent would not be as effective as one read in a Jewish accent. Just one man’s opinion.