Far From the Land: An Irish MemoirBy Thomas J. Rice
- Author: Thomas J. Rice
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: iUniverse
- Published: 2010-01-20
Writing about father-son relationships, the author recalls the night his absentee IRA father returns from England for the first time in ten years. Known as The Voice because of his tenor's talent, the impact of his first song, Thomas Moore's haunting tribute to the sweetheart of his martyred friend, Robert Emmet, was beautiful. The poem was titled, She is Far From the Land. No one in the kitchen that night ever forgot it. It was the perfect song, sung by the perfect voice, at the perfect time.
Far From the Land has the benefit of five decades of retrospection as the author brings each of his characters to life with startling honesty, without nostalgia or cliché. Readers will come away with a renewed respect for rural Irish culture and her people.