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SWEET LIBERTY Travels in Irish America

O'CONNER, Joseph

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ISBN 10: 0330333224 / ISBN 13: 9780330333221
Edité par Picador, London, 1996
Ancien(s) ou d'occasion Etat : Fine Couverture rigide
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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.

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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.

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Now here is a simple and original idea for a travel book: find all the cities in the United States named Dublin (there are nine). Visit each. Drink in the pubs, sleep in the motels and lodges, listen to the people. Return to Ireland. Write a funny, funky book, full of the beat of pop music, the accents of Americans, and terrific hangovers. Joseph O'Connor, brother of pop star Sinead, gets it just about right in this slightly barmy quest across America. He watches his first porn flick in Boston, gets the river under the Brooklyn Bridge wrong, and declares that Dublin, New Hampshire, "was so small it was almost portable." A minor gem.

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