This is another gem of a book by Jim Hagarty. In this book, he traces his family history. He went back to the Hagarty domicile in Ireland a few times over the past ten to twenty years. However, on his last trip in 1998, Hagarty decided to document the relatives who lived on the large farm.
What a fascinating story of Hagarty’s relatives by a wonderfully engaging writer. Hagarty has a gifted way of describing the Irish people and their countryside. Throughout the book, Hagarty traces the history of his relatives from 1799 to the present. What an interesting family history indeed!
Readers will be treated to a smorgasbord of wonderful pictures and landscapes of the Irish countryside throughout the book. Any history buff will be transfixed by the book. In addition, any reader of Irish descent will be able to relate to the back story and presuppositions in the book. And who knows: the book may inspire other writers to trace their own roots. What a wonderful journey Hagarty has put in front of each reader!
Reviewed by Irene S. Roth
Rating: 5 stars