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3.35 out of 53.35 out of 53.35 out of 53.35 out of 53.35 out of 5 3.35 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nuala O' Faolain Narrator: Nuala O’Faolain Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2000 ISBN:
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Born one of nine children into a penniless North Dublin family, Nuala O'Faolain was saved from a harrowing childhood by her love of books and reading. Pushing constantly at the boundaries of Ireland's confining Catholic culture, she became one of the country's most visible and respected columnists. When she was asked to write a 500-word introduction to a collection of her best-known political columns, that introduction grew to nearly 200 pages, evolving as a startlingly candid memoir that chronicled many of the abuses of Irish society, and tore at the emotional fabric of her homeland.

As she entered middle age alone, O'Faolain's professional success did little to ease her longing for a deep connection to the world - for a lover, for a child, for a country that, as she says, only upholds that role for a woman. In this extraordinary work, she has distilled her life experiences into a wisdom that springs from her obstinate refusal to shrink from life. She tells her story beautifully, with great heart and a Celtic touch for poetic emotion and insight - providing an exhilarating example of courage, honesty, and bold living. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/20/2014

    " I'm writing about Nuala O'Faolain for an undisclosed encyclopedia and picked this up for research. My skim was intriguing enough that I'm going to give it a real read when I'm through with the writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 1/26/2014

    " I struggeld with this book and halfway through was sure I really disliked it - and then around page (115)? it all changed and I began to see why the book was so popular. My first impressions were that is was poorly done stream of consciousness - she seemed to skip from topic to topic, time to time and I (at least) had trouble following her. However, at that midpoint it began to come together and "make sense" and I was able to get into the story and follow it more easily. By the end of the story, I had greatly increased my "rating" of this book. I would like to re-read the first part to see if I might make better sense of it - but I have quite a stack of books on my "to read" shelf, so not sure I will get to it immediately! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dvora | 1/17/2014

    " Excellent memoir about Ireland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia Lavada | 1/13/2014

    " this book devastated me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/13/2014

    " Whoa! An Irish woman's much needed voice, finally heard. Thank you, Nuala! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 1/10/2014

    " A beautifully written account of a woman gaining a perspective on her life, freed finally from defining herself in terms of her parents. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margie | 1/8/2014

    " Fairly well written and interesting but, like most memoirs, something of a downer. She and her 6(or 8?) siblings were adversely affected by the alcoholism and dysfunction in their family. And some chapters seemed written simply to drop names, most of whom I'd never heard of. However, a couple of chapters I intend to re-read because the way the ideas were strung together, and held together, and made a compelling story whose direction was never predictable. I just wish the entire book had been that way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 1/7/2014

    " Sad story of an Irish writer's life and dysfunctional family.I recently read that she is dying of cancer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gloria Manitta | 12/8/2013

    " I'd have to really think about who I was recomending this book to as everyone would not enjoy it. Some of it was OK but after awhile I got tired of her sad life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pbwritr | 9/9/2013

    " Started out okay, interesting. Someone a bit older than me, life in Dublin, growing up, etc. But I got bored at the litany of lovers, jobs, projects, name-dropping. This is supposed to be some insightful book? I don't think so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvie | 9/8/2013

    " What I find most fascinating is the way the author sums up people's character. I've never seen humans defined quite this way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 9/6/2013

    " I just read this book for the second time. Must be the Irish in me that brings me back to Ms. O'Faolain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/18/2013

    " I really struggled to get into this book. The author's writing style was dry and for a memoir it seemed so impersonal. The second half was easier reading than the first, but overall the book left out more about her life than it included. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Coday | 12/16/2011

    " Some of the most haunting and bittersweet writing I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JulieK | 5/30/2009

    " I probably would've gotten more out of this if I was more familiar with the Irish literary and cultural figures that feature in the narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon | 2/15/2008

    " A very honest book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 12/16/2007

    " a little on the downer side...but it's interesting to read about Ireland in the 1960, especially from a woman's perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth D | 2/7/2006

    " Even better than reading this book is listening to the recording -- the author is the reader, and hearing it in her voice adds a whole new level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liliana | 10/4/2005

    " I loved the raw honesty of this book. Her unflinching look at her charming but flawed parents, her upbringing, her blind spots, her failures, her vulnerability, and yet, her enormous courage. An ordinary extraordinary everywoman and a very talented writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/2/2005

    " I loved this honest account of a woman from Ireland with the typically alcoholic family background...she did a beautiful job of staying true to where she comes from and true to herself as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann M | 3/26/2002

    " Her novel, My Dream of You, is excellent. Her memoirs are quite good, as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juno | 3/21/2001

    " About being Irish, being female, getting it wrong and realizing the universality of your own ordinary sadness and pain and joy. About being human. I put this down for a week at the end, before taking the last 50 pages at a gulp. I couldn't bear for it to end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 11/24/2000

    " I think i got to page 40, then gave up. each paragraph seemed to take hours to read, and i couldn't stay interested. "

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