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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,518 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by Dvora | 1/17/2014

    " Excellent memoir about Ireland. "

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

    " this book devastated me. "

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