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In 1845 a blight of unknown origin destroyed the potato crop in Ireland triggering a series of events that would change forever the course of Ireland’s history. The British government called the famine an act of God. The Irish called it genocide. By any name the famine caused the death of over one million men, women, and children by starvation and disease. Another two millIn 1845 a blight of unknown origin destroyed the potato crop in Ireland triggering a series of events that would change forever the course of Ireland’s history. The British government called the famine an act of God. The Irish called it genocide. By any name the famine caused the death of over one million men, women, and children by starvation and disease. Another two million were forced to flee the country. With the famine as a backdrop, this is a story about two families as different as coarse wool and fine silk. Michael Ranahan, the son of a tenant farmer, dreams of breaking his bondage to the land and going to America. The passage money has been saved. He’s made up his mind to go. And then—the blight strikes and Michael must put his dream on hold. The landlord, Lord Somerville, is a compassionate man who struggles to preserve a way of life without compromising his ideals. To add to his troubles, he has to deal with a recalcitrant daughter who chafes at being forced to live in a country of “bog runners.”In The Time Of Famine is a story of survival. It’s a story of duplicity. But most of all, it’s a story of love and sacrifice....

Title : In the Time of Famine
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ISBN : 18910190
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Number of Pages : 428 Pages
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In the Time of Famine Reviews

  • Sandy
    2019-06-02 11:13

    Sad story about Ireland and the starving of millions of Irish by the English government. The potato famine lasted a little over 5 years (it wasn't until 1882 that the reason for the plague was discovered). In the mean time it is estimated that one million Irish were starved to death and over two million had to migrate to the United States or Canada. Five hundred thousand of the Irish "tenant farmers" were driven from homes by English landholders who felt if the farmers couldn't pay the rents, then they didn't deserve to live on the land. The farmers grew potatoes to eat and then worked the lands for the landlords producing products such as wheat and hay. Which feed the cows and sheep that produced the cheeses and the meats that were shipped to England. It was called an act of God by the English government and later it was called the genocide of the Irish.

  • Maggie Conlon-Martin
    2019-06-05 05:24

    Sorry, but I couldn't finish this book. I'd mistakenly thought it was non-fiction; was wanting to read the history of the Irish potato famine. While well written, by about the fourth chapter it started to feel like a romance novel, which isn't my thing.

  • Ellen
    2019-06-21 13:20

    I have just finished this book and it was a great read. Michael Grant did a wonderful research job. It was 1845 and one day in Ireland the farmers woke up to an extreme stench in the air, together with a strange mist. This was the start of the famine because the potatoes were hit with a blight that no one could understand. The main food for the farmers were potatoes. They worked the land for the landlords, had a little land for themselves where they had mud thatched cottages, grew vegetables, wheat and potatoes. When the famine hit they could not eat their own produce because that is what paid their rent. If they couldn't pay their rent their cottage was tumbled (wrecked). The story is about Michael the son of a tenant farmer and his love for Emily the landlord's daughter. Over the years the British Govt. gave very little help to the Irish and this meant over 1 million people perished, 1 million people went to America and Canada. The British Govt. even had the peasants build roads and bridges that went nowhere, just as long as they worked for the pittance they were given. I would recommend this book to everyone as it show you how another nation treats their own. Very sad, harrowing makes you angrymany times over.

  • Mary
    2019-06-06 07:08

    I had never read or studied about the famine in Ireland when the potato crops were blighted for several years in a row. I vaguely knew that many Irish had immigrated to America when the potato crops failed, but that's about it. This story explains the horrific experiences these tenant farmers went through and the callousness of the English government in dealing with the situation. The government agent in charge of finding solutions to the starvation was ultimately knighted by Queen Victoria, something I found almost unbelievable in light of the fact that he blamed the entire situation on the tenant farmers and thought the death of 1,000,000 Irish was God's way of getting rid of these good-for-nothing "bog trotters". You also learn about the privileged landowners who mostly cared nothing for these poor farmers. Of course, there is a little romance thrown in to keep things interesting, but that aspect of the book seemed pretty contrived to me and somewhat predictable. All-in-all, I think this book is worth reading.

  • Laurie
    2019-06-10 10:20

    I can't believe that I am the first person to review this book. I am from an Irish background and have an interest in the history of the country and I have read other books and documents, both fiction and non-fiction on the famine. Many times I have wondered how this could have happened. "In the Time of Famine" includes real people from the history of the era and their stories are interwoven with fictional characters. It is well-written, detailed and descriptive, without being overwhelming and it made me feel like I was a silent spectator to the conversations of the characters. From the description of the poor Irish Tenants and the onset of the potato blight, to the landed Gentry on the estates, to the members of the British officials in charge of managing the spreading famine, I was immediately drawn into the story and stayed immersed. I recommend this book of fiction if you are interested in this pivotal time in the history of Ireland.

  • Kathy
    2019-06-10 12:22

    Heart BreakingThis was a great book from start to finish. It saddened me to see all the struggles the people endured. You felt like you were there having no food getting sick and seeing people dying all because a disease had infected the potatoes. Also it angered me to see cruel men that had power to force people off their land and close work so no one could earn money. I think i would recommend it anyone who has interest in the famine. It makes one feel grateful that they didn't have to face these trials.

  • Tricia Murphy
    2019-06-25 12:55

    I read this book as part of my research into the Irish famine when writing my own book Aine. It was the first Michael Grant book I had come across. I stayed up until 2 am to finish it as it was impossible to put down. Since then I have read several more of Michael's books - my favorite after this one would be: Back to Venice. Michael is a very approachable and friendly author who is very generous with his advice and help. If you are looking for fiction with a conscience then this is the author for you. Wonderful.

  • Janet K. Cook
    2019-06-27 10:17

    Great historical novelReally well-written historical novel . I don't know how much of this family is historically based but of course all of the background action historical. I especially like the way they switched back and forth from the families day today struggle and the British scientific team that was trying to help against the ridiculously stupid Trevelyan who thought it was fine that all the Irish people died or were forced to leave . Pretty pathetic that the British still consider him worthy of knighthood .

  • Mary Carabelli
    2019-06-17 09:25

    A Must Reading for all Irish AmericansAn honest story of the the native Irish striving to survive in the midst of a famine and indifference of their landlords. The English, led by the notorious Charles Trevelyan did little to alleviate the suffering and implicated the Irish in their own misfortune

  • Rosemary Mccaffrey
    2019-06-09 06:25

    I downloaded this kindle book because of an upcoming trip to Ireland, and it was a wonderful read. I truly knew little about the famine in Ireland before reading this book. It is absolutely unbelievable that over a million Irish tenant farmers and their families starved to death. There are a few errors that the editor missed, but I give it 5 stars anyway. All in all, a great historical novel.

  • Diane Koch
    2019-06-14 13:16

    Real life during Ireland’s Potato FamineLife during the famine (1845-52) from inside one cottage. I loved the depth of the characters, the honest language of the people, and the examples of the landlord’s effect on the local people. So if you’re ready boyo, don’t be an eejit , get a cup of tea and dive in!

  • Wendy
    2019-06-04 06:21

    Not bad...This wasn't too bad. I'm not sure what I was expecting but it wasn't really a love story and it there wasn't enough to history so I'm not sure where it falls. I liked it. I did. The characters were good, but I just didn't LOVE them.

  • nancy c
    2019-06-02 10:16

    Famine in IrelandThis was a sad but good story of a famine I did not know existed. I do not know how these people kept their faith and just kept going. It makes me appreciate more of what I have

  • Chris
    2019-06-22 09:59

    Excellent!Great deal of information incorporated into a well written fictional account of a horrendous time in Ireland. Well worth reading. I will explore more of Grant's work.

  • Nicole
    2019-06-19 06:09

    Brilliant, read it in two days!

  • Wendy
    2019-06-22 10:15

    I would love to see the book continued what happens to Michael and his wife? Where did they live? etc.

  • Mitzi Thomas
    2019-06-20 05:59

    Enjoyed learning about mid 1800s famine in Ireland. So many of our American roots come from our families who were able to escape this era. We are so blessed that they did.

  • Susanmbuckingham
    2019-06-16 06:00

    Wow. An extremely compelling memoir of famine times in Ireland. Simply but elegantly written, I couldn't put this down.