By Tim Robinson
Like J.M. Synge virtually a century prior to him, Tim Robinson portrays the interior and outer lifetime of a panorama and its population. Encyclopedia of delusion and fact, natural, love-letter, missal, jest-book, anthology of cultural responses - Stones of Aran juggles modes from web page to web page. Its obvious inexhaustibility is borrowed from only one scrap of the Earth's floor: Arainn, the biggest of the 3 Aran islands, off Ireland's west coast. the 1st quantity, Pilgrimage, led the reader round the sea coast, dazzled and enchanted by way of the complicated interaction of rock and ocean. Labyrinth concludes this microscopic venture, commencing up the inner and merging cosmic subject matters with the definitely own. by means of the tip, the island is mysteriously lower back to itself, untrodden and unread.
Stones of Aran: Labyrinth is a significant other quantity to Stones of Aran:
Pilgrimage (1986), the acclaimed first step of a magisterial survey. 9 years on Robinson completes his quest.
'One of the main unique, revelatory and exhilarating works of literature ever produced in Ireland.'
- Michael Viney, The Irish Times
'Robinson's Aran will, unavoidably, develop into a part of the overall fantasy. it's a terrific achievement.'
- Seamus Deane, London evaluate of Books
'Wholly delightful... the flora and fauna has seldom been higher defined. In an age of inflexible specialisms and arcane jargon, he's a polymathic autodidact who restores the honourable unique meanings of beginner and dilettante.'
- Patrick Curry, instances Literary Supplement
'Stones of Aran warms chilly geology into fervent lifestyles. Robinson's selected shape is utterly irresistible.'
- Jonathan Keates, The Observer
'Taken jointly, Tim Robinson's volumes on Aran represent one of many significant Irish prose texts of this century in any style ... in the lofty structure of this writing, a lot of our adored conceptions of position and id locate their apotheosis and are as a result transcended.'
- Sean Lysaght, The Irish Review
'A triumph of literary and topographical excavation. His reviews on each side of Aran existence are authoritative and soaking up and his person method of the topic has became the whole lot into an idiosyncratic masterpiece.'
- Patricia Craig, New Statesman