Peig: The Autobiography of Peig Sayers of the Great Blasket Island

Peig Sayers

Peig is among the most famous expressions of a late Gaelic Revival genre of personal histories by and about inhabitants of the Blasket Islands and other remote Irish locations. The book was chosen as text for teaching and examining Irish in many secondary schools in Ireland. As a book with arguably sombre themes (its latter half cataloguing a string of family misfortunes), its presence on the Irish syllabus was criticised for some years.

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