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Titre : SWEET LIBERTY Travels in Irish America
Éditeur : Picador, London
Date d'édition : 1996
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Fine
Edition : First Edition, First Impression.
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 5071
Synopsis : In this tour across America, the author discovers how Irish the seven Dublins within seven different states are. The book also investigates how much Irish music, from its traditional ballads and folk songs to the band U2, has influenced American popular culture. The tour begins in Boston which is the city the Irish have most profoundly made their own. O'Connor's first stop, Dublin, New Hampshire is a forgettable town. His father, Sean meets up with him in New York and escorts him to Dublin, Pennsylvania and Dublin, Maryland. The journey continues west to Dublin, Indiana, 100 miles away from Indiana itself. He makes a detour to Presley's Graceland mansion to discover how Irish Elvis was and how successful John F. Kennedy was, and then continues via Las Vegas to San Francisco and Dublin, San Francisco.
"One is reminded of vintage Bill Bryson...O'Connor is an engaging fellow, an affable kind of chap who could make a cross-continent Greyhound bus ride pass in a jiffy" ( Scotsman)
"A fabulously droll, unsentimental, and craic-laden report on the haunts of the Gael taking in a wide range of political and historical references along its way. Many of the people the authors meets are so doggedly Irish they make him feel like an Englishman at a Sinn Fein rally, which gives the book a fascinating air of being a report from a doubly foreign land" ( Glasgow Herald)
"He has written a book full of laughs and smiles, skillfully basted with well-brewed blarney" ( New York Times)
"The laureate of the rising Irish generation, he combines that demotic wit of Roddy Doyle, the social concern of Dermot Bolger and the structural guile of Colm Toibin. A signficant writer of a very contemporary kind" ( Irish Times)
"O'Connor holds up a mirror to the America that we see but don't often notice" ( San Francisco Chronicle)
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