Monday, June 25, 2007

The Giants of Irish Literature: Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett, by George O'Brien

This audio book was 8 hours and 18 minutes long, and was narrated by the lecturer, George O'Brien. It is part of the Great Scholars series that features renowned professors teaching their specialty. It was obtained for free from

For its biographical sketches of the authors and their times, it was interesting. For the analysis of the writing, it was considerably duller. I recently listened to James Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and enjoyed it. Listening to it being picked apart was much less enjoyable.

To his credit, Professor O'Brien did make me put Oscar Wilde on my short list of authors to check out. That pushed this offering into 3 star territory only barely.

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