An Béal Bocht le Myles na gCopaleen - Louis de Paor - Meán Fómhair 2012

Uploaded by Gaelchultur on 28.08.2012

I think you could say that "An Béal Bocht" ...
is one of the greatest works of prose that we have in all of Modern Irish.
It's a satire,
a parody of the Irish language autobiographies,
the autobiographies of the Blasket Islanders,
and especially the autobiographies of Donegal.
It's based ...
as regards language and structure for the most part ...
on Tomás Ó Criomhthain's great book, "An tOileánach" ("The Islander"),
a book for which Brian Ó Nualláin had a great regard,
"the superbest of all books I've ever read", he said.
It's obvious, then, that even though it's a parody, and a humorous book ...
and a satire, he wasn't focussing on Tomás Ó Criomhthain alone,
but on Irish language speakers and the readers who were dealing with the autobiographies of the Blaskets in the first place and who misunderstood those books, in his opinion.
I think what's involved for the most part is that he shows us the violence of poverty ...
and maybe readers of Irish too often skim over the poverty ...
that's at the heart of all the autobiographies.