Father John O Donohue is a fine, gifted poet. He is a much better poet than prose writer, in my opinion. So if a person does not enjoy his prose works, they may still enjoy his poetry a great deal. Although he is a priest, his poetry is not explicitly religious. Belief in the afterlife is a strong theme in the poems he writes about death. He gives us beautiful and thought-provoking images, which are simple and based on everyday experience. This makes them easy to visualize and contemplate. Aside from the odd spelling of *anam-cara* (sic) in the dedication, the little bit of Irish Gaelic in this book seems to be spared the problems with typographical errors found in his popular books *Anamchara* and *Eternal Echoes*. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy fine contemporary poetry.
For those of you who are already familiar with O'Donohue's past works, this book is a must have. It is a most beautiful collection of his poetry, which I found to be easily comprehended and delicately written. O'Donohue shares another wonderful flair for telling story, with just a few words. The reader is easily able to connect with each story told.Through ' Echoes Of Memory ' O'Donohue explores themes of love and loss, beginnings and endings.......places we have all explored. Always, there is that touch towards the Divine, for inspiration. A very enjoyable read :+)
This book was recommended to me after the death of my husband. O'Donohue has been a favorite of mine. I didn't know about this book but am so happy he wrote it. His words helped me to find the beautiful again. I am sorry O'Donahue has passed but will enjoy his thoughts and writings for many years.
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