Top 10 Books on Aran Islands

 

The Aran Islands are a bunch of islands in the western Ireland region, known for its rich Irish culture and language. They are located at the mouth of Galway Bay, stretching over just 46 square kilometres.

There are three islands grouped together which are, from West to East, Inishmore, Inishmaan and the smallest, Inisheer. They constitute the barony of Aran in County Galway, Ireland.

 

The Aran Islands

The book is written as a four-part series of essays which relates the anecdotes and all the memories of the author during his visit to the islands. Yeats had told the author to visit Aran Islands because though Ireland was another set of islands same like them, the former was the uncorrupted, beautiful and innocent blossoming part of the country. When they were overthrown, even the Irish nationalists came to see these islands for what they were. This book  is a beautiful pictorial description of the sights and feels of the islands.

Read it For:
It is a must-read. For all book lovers who like to be transported to strange or exotic places, where they can forget their worries and live life in an alternate world just for the remainder of the book.
Don't Read it For:
The descriptions might get very elaborative or boring for some readers who would rather see the place firsthand.
What makes this book stand out?:
It's accurate and beautiful description of the islands and its people, its geography in the most appreciable manner.

Stones of Aran: Labyrinth

The book is the personal dream of the author accomplished, to explore any landscape to its full extent, here the Aran Islands. In the first book of this duology, the author tours the largest island of the Aran Islands, the Airann Islands and in this second book, the author takes a visually descriptive internal tour of the islands, giving a proper geographical, encyclopaedic and surprisingly personal view of the place so masterfully and creatively that the readers find themselves transported there.

Read it For:
Its amazing visual descriptions of the islands makes it one of the most popular books on Aran Islands.
Don't Read it For:
The book is known for its vast description. Some readers might find it lengthy or boring
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is the writer's own personal experience, and this can be seen in the writing and the beautifully descriptive nature of the text.

The Burren and the Aran Islands

The Burren and the Aran Islands have the unique combination of Flora and fauna that has managed to leave tourists and citizens spell-bound with their breathtaking beauty and singularity. This book is a guide to the islands on foot, a comprehensive  and exhaustive find about which are the routes to take to explore which parts of the island in the best possible way. The writing is simple and informative, written in the form of a guidebook and it is pleasant to read, containing important information of the island.

Read it For:
If you are looking for a vacation in the islands or if you want to learn more about it.
Don't Read it For:
The book might be a little slow for avid readers who love thrillers and fantasy.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is simply structured and piques the interest of the reader beyond hesitation.

The Aran Islands: At the Edge of the World

After mulling over the beauty of the Aran Islands, this book speaks about all its rich cultural heritage that has been preserved since decades. The language, customs and the traditions of the Irish can still be seen here, the Celtic accusation and the arrival of Christianity are all visible in the forts and ruins of the island. There is deep and powerful history here that will delight the readers beyond doubt

Read it For:
Its beautiful descriptions of the islands. The author has done a marvellous job in illustrating and portraying all the sceneries and sights there.
Don't Read it For:
If you are expecting a breeze read or a thriller, then this book is definitely not for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is one of the popular fiction books set in Aran Islands with simplistic writing and appreciable descriptions.
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An Aran Keening

This is a memoir written about the life of the author himself, of his days when he broke up with his girlfriend and lived all alone in a tiny house in Aran Islands. The book is a beautiful recollection of all the memories and events happening there, the author's frequent fishing trips for food to survive, at an age where technology had not tainted the lives of the nineteenth century. The writing provides a vivid description of all the sights there.

Read it For:
The geographical information and knowledge about the landscape of Aran Islands in a candid, breezy book written by a guy who's been there and done that.
Don't Read it For:
If you are expecting a fast or binge read, then you might find this book a little elaborative and lengthy.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its firsthand recollection of all the adventures that can happen on the wonderful islands.

The South Isles of Aran

This is a small book of 80 pages on the Aran Islands where the author talks about the Irish customs still in hold there, how the people speak proper Irish and even some places are named such. The book speaks about all the aspects of the islands, including its three biggest islands- Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer. The author gives many firsthand experiences about the wonderful place, leaving us in hopes of travelling there  someday.

Read it For:
The impressive lyrically and poetic manner of writing, even with the most basic of words.
Don't Read it For:
The book is a little small even though it manages to capture the length of the islands in its essence.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author portrays the Irish people in a different light and gives us an idea of how it feels to live in a place like that.

The Aran Islands: Another World

The book constitutes of more than 150 stunning pictures of the daily life and extraordinary environment of the Aran Islands. It chronicles the lives of the Irish peasants living there, all there festivities and their cultural days where we get to see beautiful pictures firsthand to get a feel of the place and fall in love  with it.

Read it For:
A book filled with pictures and essays to help us understand the islands in the best light possible
Don't Read it For:
For people who want to gain expansive information about the islands, this book might not be sufficient.
What makes this book stand out?:
The amazing pictures taken by a wonderful photographer and the firsthand glimpse of the beauty of the islands.

Wild Plants of the Burren and the Aran Islands

The book revolves around a zoologist's view of the Flora and fauna of the islands. There are many world-renowned flower species that are resident to both the islands and this book consists of vivid pictures of these flowers and plants right in the wild. It is a beautiful book to behold and makes us want to visit Aran for all its elegant glory.

Read it For:
The beautiful illustrations of various flowers pulls in the reader to explore and enjoy.
Don't Read it For:
The book might seem short and some review the book that it would be better with more information of these flower species.
What makes this book stand out?:
There are very fewer books about the Flora and fauna of the Aran Islands with such descriptive detail

The Cripple of Inishmaan

This is a work of fiction set in the Inishmaan islands, the largest of Aran Islands, which talks about Billy Claven, a cripple. There is a lot of hush-hush in Inishmore, their neighbour, about the arrival of a Hollywood crew and everybody is excited. Billy yearns to grab a role in the film to escape from the gossip and habit of his birthplace. The book speaks a lot about the Aran Islands, and though it is a work of fiction, it involves beautiful descriptions about the islands and its residents.

Read it For:
This book makes you fall in love with the islands and gets attached to Billy. It is a must-read for all readers who want to know about the Aran Islands.
Don't Read it For:
It is a work of fiction, and if you are looking for practical or geographical knowledge about the place, then this might not be for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its beautiful pictorial representations of the island and its inhabitants and a good storyline written sensibly.

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