Innkeepers’ Fire is a keeper; a fascinating piece of literary art, best read as philosophy expressed through a poetic means all of its own delightful design. Some nineteen years in the making, the earliest section of the work dates from 1991 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, to 1998 in Jeddah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to here in Ireland in 2008.
The work comes in two volumes: Volume I contains Acts 1-22 and Volume II, Acts 23-40. It is being presented as an opera of place rather than as a drama of place as the setting for each act and its performance may be said to resemble more that of an opera performance than that of a theatre. With just a slight movement of the imagination one can easily see, hear, feel and come to know this to be so for the voices, sounds and silences found therein are all simply music expressed in a particular rhythm, pitch, melody and harmony and in a style and deliverance all of its own wondrous composition.
The author has chosen a traditional Irish setting which is very close to his own heart, namely that of the convivial ambience of sitting around a cosy open hearth telling stories and then discussing them at length for half the night.
The work effectively communicates that it is an ongoing human obligation to think life in a new and different light. The flamboyancy and style of both the stories and their commentaries ensures a highly enjoyable and most rewarding encounter. Its profundity will at times bring tears to the eyes. While cryptic and esoteric elements are subtly and copiously scattered here and there throughout the text, they won’t in anyway distract from the reader’s enjoyment of the work, rather will instead be handsomely adding to their enjoyment of it. The work takes the position that there is nothing that isn’t mysteriously related to everything else in some way or another.
Innkeeper’s Fire is being presented as a landmark work in the tradition of clear independent Irish thought; in the tradition of spontaneous, independent, Irish philosophical speculation of the most natural and native kind. The ever-embering presence of this tradition has been softly glowing with us down through the ages in the treasured burial caverns, rock designs, artifacts, stories, poetry and writings of our gracious ancestors. Yet, there have been but brief memorable moments when this softly glowing embering was with the laying of well footed May-dried turf, spontaneously given to kindling itself into a passionately glowing fire in the hearth of Irish and global intellectual thought. Such a rare, beauteous and auspicious moment, like unto the appearance of a supernova in the heavens, the author sees as having last occurred in the welcoming, self-culturing mind of the 9th century independent Irish philosopher Iohannes Scottus Ériugena.
The fonts and page numbering in this ebook correspond to the 2008 hardback edition.
About the author
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.