Sunday, March 6, 2011

Book Review of 'An Old Castle Standing on a Ford: One Yank's Life in an Almost Peaceful Belfast' by Caroline Oceana Ryan


An Old Castle Standing on a Ford: One Yank’s Life in an Almost Peaceful Belfast, was written by Caroline Oceana Ryan and published by Eloquent Books in 2010. You may purchase this book at www.amazon.com Caroline Oceana Ryan wanted to know how Northern Ireland was fairing after so many years of unrest and strife. With it’s long history of internal conflict, she imagined it would be a ruined, shell of it's former glory. So in 2000, Caroline set out to discover the real culture and characters of the beautiful, historic island nation.
On her journey, she met and got to know a plethora of interesting people and saw the real Ireland as only someone living there could and she takes the reader along with her. We are introduced to the humor, culture and wonder that is Ireland as Ryan comes to understand the storied nation, the people who have lived there for centuries and the healing spirit of her own past.
An Old Castle Standing on a Ford: One Yank’s Life in an Almost Peaceful Belfast, is written with humor, awe and inspiration. It highlights Ryan’s travels and interactions in a way that brings it all vividly into focus for those who have only dreamed of seeing it. Her descriptions of the people and places are unique and creative and her experiences are enriching and authentically told. An Old Castle Standing on a Ford, is a comprehensive trip through the fabled history and cultural re-awakening of the Emerald Isle.
4 stars for An Old Castle Standing on a Ford, and kudos for Caroline Oceana Ryan.
DJ Weaver

2 comments:

Sun Singer said...

Nice review, and an interesting idea for a book.

CK Webb said...

It does sound wonderful doesn't it???