The Untilled Field

Read by NoelBadrian

(4.9 stars; 10 reviews)

George Moore, an Irish writer involved with the Celtic Revival was influenced by the French Realists and particularly by the work of Émile Zola. Often considered as the first modern Irish novelist he became involved with Lady Gregory and William Butler Yeats in the establishment of the Irish Literary Theatre. As part of his involvement with the Literary Revival, he wrote a set of short stories set in Ireland, drawn from his experiences growing up on his family’s estates in Co. Mayo. The stories were intended to be translated into Irish as a part of a new tradition of Gaelic Literature.
The stories were later published in English as The Untilled Field, in 1903. Moore was initially influenced by Ivan Turgenyev’s collection of short stories, Tales of a Sportsman and in turn they are thought to have been an influence on James Joyce’s Dubliners collection. Moore’s stories look at Irish rural life at the end of the 19th Century and examines the role that the clergy played in the lives of those who remained after mass emigration denuded the Irish countryside. - Summary by Noel Badrian (10 hr 40 min)


In the Clay 42:40 Read by NoelBadrian
Some Parishioners - Part 1 30:42 Read by NoelBadrian
Some Parishioners - Part 2 30:31 Read by NoelBadrian
Some Parishioners - Part 3 41:56 Read by NoelBadrian
Some Parishioners - Part 4 40:15 Read by NoelBadrian
The Exile - Part 1 30:22 Read by NoelBadrian
The Exile - Part 2 22:43 Read by NoelBadrian
Home Sickness 31:19 Read by NoelBadrian
A Letter to Rome 32:44 Read by NoelBadrian
Julia Cahill's Curse 32:49 Read by NoelBadrian
A Play-house in the Waste 27:17 Read by NoelBadrian
The Wedding Gown 24:17 Read by NoelBadrian
The Clerk's Quest 12:59 Read by NoelBadrian
Alms-Giving 11:40 Read by NoelBadrian
So On He Fares 28:07 Read by NoelBadrian
The Wild Goose - Part 1 37:32 Read by NoelBadrian
The Wild Goose - Part 2 40:06 Read by NoelBadrian
The Wild Goose - Part 3 39:04 Read by NoelBadrian
The Wild Goose - Part 4 44:14 Read by NoelBadrian
The Way Back 38:44 Read by NoelBadrian


Ireland Nearly Lost

(5 stars)

While this book is a collection of stories they do flow well together, as the first reviewer states, into a cohesive group. Noel Badrian is amazingly good at narration and lends a mellow voice that evokes the mood of the people and the sometimes hopelessness of their lives. This is a book that is well worth a listen and the people and their lives will stay with me a very long time. Thank you LibriVox and many thanks to Mr. Badrian.

very interesting

(5 stars)

I was constantly surprised by this book. There were moments early on where I was ready to give up but the author has a deft hand for character development and I'm really glad I listened to the whole book. It may seem like a bunch of short stories at first but it is a coherent story about a complex country and a little group of people who live there during a time of great change.