Library Ed. ISIS Audio Books/ Soundings 1997
England’s attempts to subdue its island neighbor are a sorry tale at best, but no invasion or repression could have done the incredible damage of the 1846 potato blight. For five years thereafter, the crop failure forced the Irish to flee their land in any way they could. Scott recites the horrific saga of their trials and travels, often in tones of underlying fury, yet mostly with a compassionate voice that underscores the terrible occasions described in Laxton’s somewhat dry words. The work is episodic, random and, at times, repetitive, but Scott’s sensibility and ability to bring to life the stilted tone of the era make this a worthwhile listening experience. S.B.S. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/JUL 98]
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