just my thoughts on irish literature. again, i’m no expert. this is ALL just personal experience and reading.


Laura A says:

Hi, I’ve just discovered your channel and instantly fell in love with it! I think it’s very entertaining. A new subscriber from France :)

Ester Šebestová says:

Great video!
I just realised that I haven’t read so many Irish authors even though I love Ireland and the culture. I took a course on a Irish literature that on of the universities in Czech Republic was offering in preparation for the entrance exams for English and American studies and I put bunch of authors to my TBR list after that, but I haven’t actually read any of them (except for Oscar Wilde who is my absolute favourite since high school, Samuel Beckett and G.B.Shaw). However, I have recently bought a book by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne and I’m hoping to get through it this summer.

Lisa's stitching and such says:

I loved Frank McCourt’s books. Angela’s Ashes was really good but sad and i didn’t wantto read his other books. Years later my friend convinced me  to read the second book ‘Tis which she promised wasn’t as sad it’s about McCourt immigrating to the US which was amazing then finally Teacher Man was about his years as a teacher in NYC and again I loved it. I’ve read Brooklyn by Colm Toibin and Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann and have been meaning to read more by both. I have The Heather Blazing, The Blackwater Lightship and The Master by Toibin to read and I’ve heard great things said about Dancer by McCann. Reading in the Dark sounds amazing, Too scared try James Joyce!

Lorie L says:

I have a book that I would like to send to you.  It is by an Irish author named Paddy Doyle.  It’s called The God Squad.  Check out some reviews and let me know if you want it.

TheClare260 says:

This video was so informative and it was so great to hear you speak about Ireland so passionately. I really enjoy Irish literature but I haven’t read too much of it, even though I’m from Ireland, haha. So in that respect this video was helpful even to me :)One of the things I like most about this literature is the opinions and experiences some authors have on the Troubles. Coming from the North I grew up listening to my parents brutal stories about events which happened where I currently live and I feel like because of that I became very biased in my opinions of the opposite religion, even to this day. Therefore reading books surrounding this topic I find is so helpful and informative for me personally. On a sidenote when in Ireland did you visit the north at all? Some parts are really beautiful.

Nidhi Mahajan says:

I don’t know a ton about Irish literature but I have read Room by Emma Donoghue and LOVED it! It is an amazing book. I cried like a baby.

1book1review says:

What a great video. I think this openness and being involved is something that always stops me from going to Ireland. Sitting together and talking in pubs sounds kinda scary to me…Not sure why, but I do prefer to hide in crowds 😉
I read The Dubliners in Uni and I do want to read Ulysses one day and quite some more Irish writers that you mentioned.

Steffy Molina Ross says:

I just love the way you talk about all these books, makes me want to read all of them!

Clari Carricart says:

This is so cool! I will start reading more Irish works. Great video!

Double Letters Book Club says:

Oh man, I can really relate to this video. I visited Ireland once and absolutely fell in love (I also lived there for a while) which lead to writing my theses on Irish literature.

I would recommend Jennifer Johnston. She is not that well-known outside of Ireland but I just adore her work. My favourite is The Shadows on our Skin (deals with the Troubles) and it was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize; but I know she herself recommends How Many Miles to Babylon? to people :P. I will stop before I name all her novels here :).
The novels are quite slim but they are just so, so beautiful.

Rachel D says:

You’ve read more Irish Literature than I have, and I’m from Ireland!! Loved this video, I think as we’re so small people often overlook us. Our history is all about storytelling and I think that’s where our rich literature comes from. Where abouts did you stay when you were here?

Amelia East says:

Donal Ryan, I cannot wait to get my hands on The Thing About December! Also Eimear McBride who just won the Bailey’s Prize (and other things) for A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. You just reminded me about Let The Great World Spin – I read the first few pages and thought it was gorgeous so I must pick that back up again.
I lived in Co. Cork for a while and loved it there. Even though it was only a short ferry ride from where I lived on the England/Wales border, it seemed like it could have been on the otherwise if the world; in fact I felt as though I had travelled about 30 years back in time. I cherish the time I spent there. Where were you studying?

Bazpierce says:

LOVED this! Ah it’s so great to see Irish literature getting the recognition it deserves here on Booktube. If you haven’t, please read some Beckett, he’s by far by favourite playwright. Also, yay for Yeats getting a mention! 😀

MelvilleReads says:

I love your videos, it’s so nice that you do your own thing, no disrespect to the other booktubers but they are all basically the same person, read the same books. I guess I’m trying to say that your videos are refreshing :) and I also really liked Dubliners, and might just start some more Joyce this month :) cheers x

M deBhul says:

Great presentation, covered a lot. Enjoyed it. Tku :)

Sarah S says:

I too love Irish Lit and I am so glad that you did a video on it! I recommend that you check out Pat McCabe’s The Butcher Boy and Breakfast On Pluto. They are both highly experimental novels. Also, the Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan(he directed The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire as well as many other films) has written several novels and a short story collection called Nights in Tunisia that won the Guardian Prize.

Edel M says:

I loved this video so much! It was great to see how passionate you are for irish literature and for Ireland we’d love to see you back here again! What college did you go to when you were here? I’m reading dubliners at the moment but much to my shame I haven’t read many of the great irish writers I’m trying to change that now though! I dont know if you’ve heard of Joseph O’Connor he wrote one of my favourite books called Ghost Light. It’s about the playwright JM Synge and features WB Yeats and Lady Gregory it’s a really good book!

Meriam Mabrouk says:

Such a nice video! And the first one I see in the booktube community about Irish literature, which I absolutely love. I could relate to many of the things you said about the country, and the cultural/heritage and literary works. I have never heard of Colum Mccann before so I will try and find one of his works. I felt happy at the mention of William Trevor. I would recommed Fools of Fortune. I read it a while ago and thought it was a wonderful book!

Anna Shuk says:

Thank you for making this video!
I have yet to read any of these, but I really want to. The Testament of Mary and Dubliners are on top of my list.:)

Dream to visit Ireland someday. Such a cool country!

jadecc says:

I’m Irish! My favourite writer is Oscar Wilde. I love seeing people from other countries appreciate Irish literature. I’m actually studying it at the moment in UCD. Where did you study when you came here?

Vera Rodrigues says:

I loved this video so much. So well made.

fly78flap says:

I love Ireland..and always look forward to more Irish author recommendations! My heritage is Irish as well.

Jennifer Fahy says:

Great video! It’s so rare to see videos on Irish literature on YouTube. 

Emily J. says:

Ugh I love Irish literature, as you know. Don’t forget Donal Ryan!!  I still need to read his newest book coming out soon (set in the same place as The Spinning Heart). I also intensely love The Commitments by Roddy Doyle; you should definitely check him out. Of course I am obsessed with Joyce as well.  Never got all the way through Finnigan’s Wake, but did love Ulysses. Portrait is one of my absolute favorite works, though I totally think Dubliners is generally underrated (maybe because they make us read it in 10th grade…).

I’ve been meaning to try out some Maeve Binchy since my only complaint is that it does seem to be a very male dominated landscape. I also seriously want to read Brooklyn by Toibin, because it basically combines my two favorite book settings.

I also wonder why Ireland has turned out so many amazing writers. It just seems like (unlike the US) they have such a rich, shared cultural experience between the Troubles and everything else.  Since it’s such a small country, I feel like it lends itself to that maybe?  Also it’s just a really beautiful place.  

Karina E says:

Oh, this was perfect! I am a literature student myself (American Studies) and can absolutely share your love for it. I am not necessarily interested in Irish Literature but that did not take away from how much I adored this video. I think all literature students & literature lovers can relate to having a huge tbr catering to our personal preferences that will take us ages to finish (if not our entire life). Mine are not exactly including Ireland but thank you for introducing me to this literary corner of the earth and maybe one day I’ll pick up something by one of these authors because I remembered this video! Please keep sharing your love :)
I hope I managed to put my feelings/thoughts into the right words!

eli’s odysseys says:

Superb! I like to seek out literature that is specific to one demographic and I have not yet sought out Irish literature. This video definitely peaked my interest. It’s so refreshing to hear about someone’s passion. I’ve added your video to my favorites so that I can refer back to it when I’m ready to move away from Canadian literature. (I’m quietly kicking myself as I nearly bought ROOM the other day, but something else caught my attention. I didn’t know she was Irish-born; and here I thought I was contemplating the purchase of a book by a Canadian author. Haha!) Great video!

PaganPoetries says:

But, Samuel Beckett? 

Shawna Heffernan says:

luv the review. thx

Greg Reads says:

Awesome video, i have also always had a love for Irish literature.

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