Quest for Identity

The definition of “personal identity” and “communal identity”, based on DNA and the human genome, was first proposed in Shelter and Shadows in 2016.

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Shelter and Shadows has been described as a “personal odyssey”. It reveals what it is to be born and live between two worlds that emerged from conflicting Irish traditions. In a lifetime quest to resolve his dilemma, Raymond M. Keogh traces the origins of his contradictory ancestral legacy. The outcome is the story of a hybrid family; its complex social histories; its interweaving genealogies; its genetic profile and its identity.

Coming to terms with ancestral conflict and cultural incompatibility awakens a revolutionary view of our common universal humanity. Ultimately, we are presented with an uplifting exploration of the meaning of human identity.

Reviews & Notes

Dublin Historical Record (Autumn/Winter 2016)
Raymond Keogh is to be congratulated on a highly unusual book which is hard to classify. Perhaps it is best described as a personal odyssey through his familial past which brings him to see that out of all our personal, tribal and racial conflicts must come a better undertanding of our common humanity … The extent and depth of the author’s musings … taking into account history, anthropology, genealogy and genetics is impressive. 
Amazon Customer Review 2016
Shelter and Shadows … offers us a foundation on which we can build certainty of who we are.

Notes

  • Shelter and Shadows was launched 26th September 2016
  • Nominated as Book of the Week by Wicklowvoice (29th September 2016)
  • Irish Roots Magazine chose it for Editor’s Books Selection (final quarter 2016)

Availability

Paperback 
  • Books Upstairs 17 D’Olier Street Dublin Dublin 2 (01) 677 8566
  • Kennys Bookshop Galway Free Delivery worldwide here
  • E-Book here