We Don't Know Ourselves: A Personal History Of Modern Ireland
ISBN: 1631496530
EAN13: 9781631496530
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 11, 2022
Pages: 336
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

A quarter-century after Frank McCourt's extraordinary bestseller, Angela's Ashes, Fintan O'Toole, one of the Anglophone world's most consummate stylists, continues the narrative of modern Ireland into our own time. O'Toole was born in the year the revolution began. It was 1958, and the Irish government--in despair, because all the young people were leaving--opened the country to foreign investment. So began a decades-long, ongoing experiment with Irish national identity.

Weaving his own experiences into this account of Irish social, cultural, and economic change, O'Toole shows how Ireland, in just one lifetime, has gone from a Catholic backwater to an almost totally open society. A sympathetic-yet-exacting observer, O'Toole shrewdly weighs more than sixty years of globalization, delving into the violence of the Troubles and depicting, in biting detail, the astonishing collapse of the once-supreme Irish Catholic Church. The result is a stunning work of memoir and national history that reveals how the two modes are inextricable for all of us.

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   Moving, incisive, gritty, enlightening
Absolutely brilliant work. O'Toole has a keen, probing analysis of how these larger forces have shaped the world he has lived in. I read a lot of the best history I have ever read. He's getting to write of sweeping developments through his own lens, which is similar to the history of Churchill. O'Toole is an observer, a citizen, and one of the many experiencing decades of unprecedented change in Ireland. There is no better way to understand modern Ireland.
 
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   Remarkable insights into the rise of modern Ireland
The personal experience of his family with that of Ireland transitioning from a backward agrarian economy in the grip of overly dogmatic Catholicism is the subject of O'Toole's narrative. Ireland was affected by much of the transition that was embarked on blindly. Anyone interested in Ireland's history should read this.
 
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   Excellent
Excellent work to understand the history and culture of the irish. It's not hard to write well and touch on many topics.
 
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