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44: Dublin Made Me

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  268 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
It is half an hour before midnight in the early 1960s and snow coats the cramped, gray streets of Dublin. On the rooftop of 44 Seville Place, a ten-year-old boy clings to the steel rod of a television antenna.When his father urges him to turn the antenna toward England, the boy reaches up and pictures from a foreign place beam into their home. And our young hero, Peter, an ...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published 1999 by Viking Adult
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May 11, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As if drawn by a gravitational pull, Irish yarns seem to center on the relationship of children with their mothers. In a break from this natural order, Peter Sheridan's memoir, 44 Dublin Made Me turns to the bond of a boy with his father for its compelling tale.
Sheridan writes about his childhood with grace and ease. Readers are catapulted into his large Irish family in 1959 from the first sentence onward.

Peter Sheridan is a good Irish boy who enjoys school and loves the hectic life Dublin offer
Feb 27, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It`s a wonderful book. Its simply a small section of someone`s life, only 12 years of it. This book is about a perfectly normal family struggling through her days and trying to face the obstacles and get through them. The characters are so familiar,you can easily connect your family members, friend and even teachers to them, at least that`s what happened with me. You will find the young innocent children who make your life worth while and usually drive you cray. These children carry many respons ...more
Title of the book I read was 44 A Dublin Memoir. Dramatist Sheridan recounts his boyhood in Dublin from the late 1950s and 1960s. Hilarious, wise, sad. It slyly reveals a lot of what makes up the Irish complex by showing how sex, violence, religion and music effect all. His huge riotous family and all the people who stop in at 44 are maddening fun. Well worth the read.
Mar 08, 2009 Maryann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favorite book by an Irish author (to date!). Peter Sheridan is a master storyteller. I could not put this book down! It was humorous, sad, sweet and enthralling. I found it particularly pertinent because when I read it I was preparing to move to Ireland, so maybe it was just me... but really anyone who likes stories about families and the struggles we go through to remain close would find this a worthwhile read.

Note: I found this book crammed into a shelf in a tiny used book
Interesting book about a child's/ youths formative years in 1960's Dublin.
John Mccullough
Nov 05, 2014 John Mccullough rated it it was amazing
A completely engaging boyhood tale set in Dublin, Ireland. Loved it!
Betsey Beyers
Feb 07, 2016 Betsey Beyers rated it really liked it
Dublin in the 1960's
Jun 14, 2007 Erica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: this too, is well for most people
I learned a few things I didn't know about Dublin before. This is Peter Sheridans childhood story, telling of him and his family, their lodgers, school and the city they live in. It was fun to read about Dublin in the sixties straight after Angela's Ashes, which is in Limerick in the fifties. It was also a bad thing to read it after Angela's Ashes, because it really doesn't compare. Still, I really liked it and found it funny and even moving at times. Can be recommended.
Leona Sheehy
Jun 09, 2009 Leona Sheehy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is funny, but at the same time it draws strength from its sadness. The characters are well drawn and by the end we feel we too have had access to Number 44.
It touches on the issue of the institutional abuse of children which has been dominating the news lately but the writing is so good that it does not dwell, it just highlights.
It leaves you wanting to read more and that can only be a good thing.
Ed Mallari
Jan 31, 2012 Ed Mallari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I randomly picked this book up in a little discount bookstore in Manila, Philippines almost a decade ago, it was my first "memoir" and I truly enjoyed it. Personally, being naturally close to my family, it was easy for me to relate to its characters. It necessarily does not paint a beautiful picture but that is what I found most appealing.
Nancy Brady
Jul 01, 2011 Nancy Brady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Peter Sheridan's life in Dublin during the '50s and '60s...sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and sometimes overshadowed by his Da! Having read the "sequel" to it first, this one was easier to get into than the other and makes the other one more understandable. Both are worthy reads, but best to read this one first.
I enjoyed this story of a boy growing up in Dublin in the 50's and 60's. It was kind of refreshing to read a memoir of an Irish childhood in which the father is not a good-for-nothing drunk. In fact, Peter Sheridan's father kept reminding me of John Galbraith, the father in Cheaper by the Dozen.
Kelly Holland
Nov 18, 2012 Kelly Holland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, historical
A memoir set in the 1960's in Dublin, Ireland. The relationship between father and son is a source of frustration, bewilderment and love. Sneak peek at Christian Brothers schooling, the Sgt Pepper album release and the opening of your home to lodgers - for better or worse. Good read.
Jul 05, 2015 Cat. rated it liked it
Not as good as Angela's Ashes, but also less dire. The father isn't a drunk, and he has a regular job. Still it's a great story about growing up in not-perfect circumstances. The mental picture in my head of young Peter on the roof with the aerial at age 8 is a scream.
Mar 17, 2012 Trevor rated it it was amazing
This memoir of Irish playwright Peter Sheridan (brother of director Jim Sheridan) is an ode to 1960s Dublin and the strength of family bonds. Its style and wit are perfect examples of the storytelling and humour that Ireland is known for.
Aug 12, 2015 Marja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Sheridan was unfamiliar for me when I started this book but after somewhat slow start I really enjoyed his memoir of growing up in Dublin in 1960's. I felt their ups and downs and was sad to let them go.
May 19, 2016 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-stories
This book is basically like listening to an old grandpa recalling his youth, talking about irrelevant details and stumbling upon his own words... except not as interesting. At all.
Kelly O'connor
I expected something of the calibre of Nuala O'Faiolain or Frank McCourt but was unpleasantly surprised to find that Peter Sheridan is neither
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Mar 01, 2008 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not just another Angela's Ashes. Peter Sheridan is a terrific writer.
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1st US Edition / 1st printing
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