How The Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill


I know what you’re thinking (or rather, what the one of you is thinking since my viewers consist of me and my editor). You’re probably thinking “Why would you read a book as boring as that?” However, Mrs. Kavanaugh, who sadly retired last school year, had us read it; the whole lot of us, those eleven peopleĀ  in that AP composition class. Or was it 12 people? Either way, it was the worst book I have ever read. Don’t get me wrong. I love Mrs. Kavanaugh, but I have a few different words for the book choice.

There isn’t much I can say about the book because I didn’t truly understand its premise, even though I wrote a 10 page paper on it. Good thing Mrs. Kav won’t read this. Anyway, what I do know is that according to Mr. Cahill, the Irish saved civilization because they rewrote and inscribed long lost Roman texts and changed the DNA of their country within a few hundred years. Their paganistic virtues were gone and they valued Christianity and literature. When Cahill meant that they saved all of civilization I’m almost certain he didn’t mean it in a Marvel brand of civilization-saving. The world being saved was undeniably meant in a virtuous education globally of literature and the likes of it.

All in all, I wish I never read it. Although our class did bond over the shared hatred of book, I wish it didn’t happen in that particular way. So here it is: My first 0 out of 5 stars. If one of my own rules consisted of giving a book a negative, this book would certainly take it. Maybe it’s because I’m ignorant and don’t want to understand a possible genius, but this wasn’t it.