Styx and Stones. "The Many-Coloured Land: A Return to Ireland" by Christopher Koch. [review]
There are some enticing vignettes in Christopher Koch's new travel memoir. It is hard, however, to work out what story Koch wants to tell in this book about Ireland and the Irish. If "The Many-Coloured Land" has a story of its own, McGirr suspects it is one about violence and its opposite, whatever that might be. There is frequent acknowledgment that the history of Ireland has many bloody chapters. But, in Koch's telling, incidents of violence are nearly always balanced by some insight into the nature of creativity, beauty or hope. Even the landscape features in this way.