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Start by marking Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage (Stones of Aran as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. His latest book is Connemara. Since 1 A native of Yorkshire, Tim Robinson studied maths at Cambridge and then worked for many years as a visual artist in Istanbul, Vienna and London, among other places. In 1972 he moved to the Aran Islands. In 1986 his first book, Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage, was published to great acclaim. The second volume of Stones of Aran, subtitled Labyrinth, appeared in 1995.

About book: If you have been to Aran, or plan to go, or long to go, this book can serve as an aid to memory, an introduction, or a way there. But be warned: the reading demands care and a kind of faith-namely, that walking in circles is not for nothing. And it did perk me up during a particularly difficult mile, as I couldn't help but laugh at what can only be described as self-parody nonpareil. Fond chuckles at the author’s expense aside, I can’t say I particularly enjoyed the reading experience-just as I can’t say I enjoyed walking the south shore of Aran.

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Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage, published in 1985, won the Irish Book Award Literature Medal and a Rooney Prize Special Award for Literature in 1987. His other books include Stones of Aran: Labyrinth, Setting Foot on the Shores of Connemara, and My Time in Space. Robert Macfarlane's Mountains of the Mind (2003), about wilderness and the Western imagination, won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Guardian First Book Award, among other prizes. Series: Stones of Aran. Paperback: 316 pages. so that none but they would be able to find i.

Home Products Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage. Additional Book Information. Series: NYRB Classics ISBN: 9781590172773 Pages: 416 Publication Date: August 5, 2008. Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage. by Tim Robinson, introduction by Robert Macfarlane. The Aran Islands, in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland, are a unique geological and cultural landscape, and for centuries their stark beauty and their inhabitants’ traditional way of life have attracted pilgrims from abroad. After a visit with his wife in 1972, Tim Robinson moved to the islands, where he started making maps and gathering stories, eventually developing the idea for a cosmic history of Árainn, the largest of the three islands. Pilgrimage is the first of two volumes that make up Stones of Aran, in which Robinson maps the length and breadth of Árainn.

Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage" is Robinson's description of the island as he makes a circuit of its shoreline. Robinson claims professional authority only in the last of these, having one time mapped Aran and parts of neighboring Connemara

Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage. Author : Tim Robinson. Publisher : Penguin Books. R. 55 on (Shipping charges may apply) R.,012 kart (Shipping charges may apply). x 1. cm. Book Description. Describes a journey around the coast of Aran along the southern cliff-line of the Atlantic, including the Western Brannock Islets, followed by a return around the low-lying northern coast.

Tim Robinson has written a magic book about Aran called "Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage" in which he makes his way around the coast with descriptions of the cliffs and their history before we climbers appeared on the scene. It is a must-read for anyone who climbs there. His book about the interior is "Stones of Aran: Labyrinth". The Gaelic speaking Aran islands are famous for their unique way of life, where age old traditions co-exist comfortably with modern living.

Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage is, as Robert Macfarlane says in his introduction, 'one of the most sustained, intensive and imaginative studies of a place that has ever been carried out'. That place is one of the most mysterious and oldest inhabited landscapes in the world, the islands of Aran off the west coast of Ireland. Tim Robinson's epic exploration of the desolate, storm-lashed, limestone rocks, which have already haunted generations of Irish writers, takes the form of a clockwise journey around the coast. Every cliff, inlet and headland reveals layers of myth and historical.

Stones of Aran: pilgrimage by Tim Robinson 1986. Lilliput Press in association with Wolfhound Press. 95 pbk. With this book, Tim Robinson has given us an unusual and intriguing insight to Arainn, the largest of the. Galway Aran Islands. In many ways it is not an easy book to read and it is impossible to define or categorise. We are taken, in just. over 70 short chapters, on a journey of exploration around the coastline and shore.

Reviews: 7
Obviously, it takes a somewhat rum fellow, a mathematician and an artist and cartographer, to settle down and become a denizen on a few relatively barren, sparsely populated limestone rocks off the west coast of Ireland, to do so and to write a book exploring the minutiae of the language, folklore, history, geology, archaeology of said outcrops whilst making what he is pleased to call a "pilgrimage" around the perimeters of them.

The results of this pilgrimage range from the pedantic to the poetic. The careful mathematician in Robinson scrutinizes all these different aspects of the the surrounding flora and fauna, folklore and myth, that, frankly, at times, make reading the book what this perambulation obviously was for Robinson much of the time, more than a bit of a slog. One certainly learns quite a lot, but is it worth knowing?

Robinson, as it happens, and this to me is the heart of the book, is continually asking himself this question. Often, he will simply break in the middle of what he is describing or explicating to ask himself the equivalent of - "What am I doing here?" - both in regard to making this foray on foot and to recording his experiences and his researches into Aran's archaeology, geology and history, both actual and apocryphal.

There are brilliant, epiphanic poetic flashes, which, to me, constitute the finest parts of the book, such as:

"I have visited the place too on a calm summer night by a full moon that laced the sea with mercury all the way to Clare, and in a wintry dusk when the screaming choughs were blown by like scraps torn out of the night, and a crescent moon and evening star followed the sun down into the western cloudbanks."

A "chough" is a bird of the crow family.

What one comes away from the book with is a sense of a man trying to find his place in the world, to make some sense of it all. Towards the end here, Robinson recounts the peroration of a cleric on the book of Ecclesiastes, to which Robinson contemplatively rejoins:

"Preachers induce such moods, the better to peddle their teleological pick-me-ups. If one declines these, the only cure is to walk on, out of the state in which nothing matters into its mirror image, more vivid like all such, in which everything matters."

The book can be viewed as a meticulous description of the oscillation on the author's part between these two extremes on his scholarly tramp, an oscillation to which all impressionable, contemplative readers will respond, and recognise in themselves.
I might have enjoyed this if I were a polymath or a cartographer, but I need narrative, even in non-fiction. I am down for the count at page 161.
Tim Robinson could write about almost any subject and it would be a pleasure to read his erudite product. That he wrote this book about Aran is an extraordinarily fortunate event for us. The map he creates with his words has dimensions of time, character, opinion, humor and irony as well as the more usual up, down and across. No piece of earth has ever been more generously dealt with than Aran here in this book and its companion volume: Labyrinth. Mr. Robinson has distilled a place and its people--historical and current--to a deeply satisfying draft and serves it with Irish hospitality.
Not much I can say that hasnt already been said by previous reviewers, a great book. A look into a world that no longer exists
Wow, not an easy read, but worth it. Much to chew on.
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Tim Robinson published this account of the largest of the three islands that sit at the entrance to Galway Bay, "Arainn" in the island's own speech, in 1986. He had gone to live there in 1972, and this book is the remarkable distillation of his experience, as well as his exploration of its past. The islands are the last stronghold of the Gaelic language. The particular island that is the topic of this book is roughly 8 miles long by 2 miles wide. The humans that have chosen to live here have made significant adaptations to their environment. I know of only one other book that I could compare it too, one that also examines a Celtic heritage, a bit further south, in France's Brittany. It is Eleanor Clark's "The Oysters of Locmariequer." Like Robinson, Clark examines a very small place, and reports on the "unsummable totality of human perspectives" to use Robinson's phrase in his first chapter.

This book does not exhaust by any means what Robinson has to report about the island. There is a companion volume, "Stones of Aran: Labyrinth." "Pilgrimage" takes the format of a walk around the island's circumference; "Labyrinth" is an exploration of the interior. For sure, there are plenty of diversions along the way. The author immediately draws you in, particularly for Americans suffering from "intelligent design" and "creationism" with a discourse on a timescape without signpost, the cosmology of the universe, with a nod to that famous date some folks think the story all began, 4004 BC.

Robinson's approach to that "unsummable totality" as well as his own erudition are dazzling. He is not one to have gotten trapped into the "how many angels on a pinhead" arguments of a cramped and narrow intellectual discipline. He ranges over disciplines as varied as cosmology, geology, botany, sociology, history, linguists, economics, anthropology and literature. For example he describes with remarkable prose the types of gulls that inhabit the cliffs around Aran, and then goes on to describe the death-defying techniques that the "Cliff men" evolved to hunt them. Then he launched into true pyrotechnics of prose with: "...let the ocean dance in it, and the cliffs above step back in wide balconies to accommodate the thousands who will come to marvel at this kinetic-conceptualist, megalominimalist, unrepeatable and ever-repeated, sublime and absurd show of the Atlantic's extraction of Aran's square root!"

In other chapters he examines the mythology, and actuality of the settlement of these islands. Robert Flaherty's 1932 movie, "Man of Aran," is a valuable referral source for Robinson, and he repeatedly references it in his book. In terms of the economics of the island, it was always a struggle, particularly agriculture, which was supplemented with fishing, particularly of sharks, for their oil. Kelp played a major role in the islands history, from it use as a source of iodine, as well as it being the principal source of fertilizer, which made possible the growth of crops in this stony soil.

Religion is also an integral part of the island's history and present, with a pithy observation by Robinson: "Priests of course have always protected their retail monopoly of supernatural benefits by maligning even the pettiest rival outlets; the coins probably found their way into the Church's pocket and the poor peasant was told to have no further dealings with the Devil...". Meanwhile, the author seems to have a Faulknerian view of history: "I am no disinterested historian; I study the past only to amplify my greedy awareness of the present." As for reality: "The correct way of contacting the depths of reality are just two: either to throw yourself over the cliff into your choice of mysticisms, or to do your time in one of the cultural armies, scientific or artistic."

A couple reviewers said the book could not be categorized. In some ways the observation is correct, but I would demure. There is at least one fit: it is a masterpiece.