While it is customary to have a spiritual book be solely on spirituality; a philosophical on philosophy, and a romantic on romance, it is rare indeed to come across a work that incorporates all three. Such a work is Visitant Eve. All saffron hued in a delightful Taoist sunshine is it a uniquely innovative work; a work of spirituality, philosophy, and romance having distinct Jewish, Christian, and Islamic associations. Save for the dream ‘Right to live’ which was written in June 2013, the work dates from December 2009 to August 2010. The charming interwoven love story is an adaptation of Scottish poet Andrew Lang’s beautiful 1887 translation of the 12th century French work, Aucassin et Nicolete. Many of his lovely arcane words and phrases have been retained both for their meaning and lyrical effect. At a time when the world is felt to be greatly in need of some genuine moral courage, does this succinct work from a nuptial hermit of the isle of Éire (Ireland), admirably go someways towards an attempted response to that need.
The fonts and page numbering in this ebook correspond to the 2014 hardback edition.
Richard Mc Sweeney: Risteárd Mac Suibhne; Richard of Éire/Ireland is a self-designated Planet Earth philosopher of the natural kind; a self-originator who enjoys expressing his ideas and insights: his philosophical fiction* in a charmingly personal prose-poetic style.
* “Philosophical fiction: fictional literature that enjoys carefree-ly philosophising on anything it so wishes; on anything it so wishes without letting itself be bound by any philosophical system, logic or method.” RMcS
Being made available here in the Google Play Store is an anthology of 16 such works.
Richard has a Masters in Chinese Taoist Philosophy (Lao-Tzu & Chuang-Tzu) from Seoul National University which he gained through the mediums of Korean and Classical Chinese. He was also enrolled in the PhD programme for two years in the same department at SNU. He has a BA in Korean Language & Literature from Kyunggi University in Seoul and a Diploma in Philosophy & Arts from Saint Patrick’s College in Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland. The latter he gained while being (for six years) a Catholic seminarian for the priesthood with the Missionary Society of St. Columban based in Dalgan Park, Navan, County Meath in Ireland.
He had been an expatriate in the Republic of Korea for thirteen years; in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for three years and a further three in the United Arab Emirates respectively.
He is happily married to Sung-ja Lee of Seoul, Republic of Korea. Since 2001 they have been living in Ireland. Their son and daughter are also happily married and have children of their own.
His website is - Rivers2c.com.