Don't Wake Me at Doyles: A Memoir
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Don't Wake Me at Doyles: A Memoir

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  122 ratings  ·  18 reviews
"Murphy's skillful storytelling and optimistic spirit give even the grimmest moments of her difficult life story levity in this hopeful, spunky sister to Angela's Ashes."- Publishers Weekly

Maura Murphy's memoir of life in Ireland and beyond resonates with the people, places, and struggles of an almost forgotten generation. Born "chronically ugly and cross as a briar" into...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 2nd 2005 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Dawn
Jun 30, 2010 Dawn rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who likes biographies
Recommended to Dawn by: No-one
Shelves: biography
This is yet another book about the plight of the poor, and of a woman at the mercy of a husband with "drink in him".

In some ways I was glad when I finished this book (I didn't like all the bad language in it for a start), yet I was determined to finish it because it the voice of an ordinary woman living within other people's rules: "John's (her husband), the Church's (Catholic), my employers (rich Prots) - and within my own conscience". Her voice should be heard. There seems to be a proliferati...more
Lori Anderson
Aug 31, 2012 Lori Anderson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of Irish history and "Angela's Ashes"
Shelves: memoir
I picked this book up at our local used book store because it was recommended by the author of "Angela's Ashes". The book is the memoir of an Irish woman, mother of nine children and often unhappy wife to a charming but alcoholic husband. The book switched back and forth from the time she wrote the book, at age 70, and her entire life leading up to then. While the book wasn't always eloquently written, I was completely captivated with her life and all the hardships she encountered. It was amazin...more
Fionnuala M
Another musthave for the bookshelf!! I really love reading memoirs and true accounts of people's experiences and lives. Maura Murphy was born in Offaly and the book takes her from there, where she married her abusive husband, to Birmingham where she had nine children and struggled every day as an Irish person trying to fit in. The book switches between the present day and the past which adds an interesting edge to the story. Maura developed cancer in her seventies and decided to part company wit...more
MARGO
I was almost afraid to give my review after reading all the reviews praising this memoir. I am afraid I could not finish this very poorly written and utterly humourless,boring tale of this ordinary Irish woman. It is unfortunate that she had a hard life but so do a lot of other people. I had hope that this book would be similar to Angela's Ashes which I totally enjoyed as it was a bright and interesting story of someone who also had a hard life but was equipped with a good sense of humour which...more
Jo
Excellent book one of the best I've ever read in fact this book got me back into reading - couldn't put it down....
Jacqueline
i didnt dislike this book but i didnt find it remarkable either,my biggest praise for this book would be that it is very interesting to get another persons insight in a memoir,her use of her childrens diary extracts was innovative and inspired!also, there was a real sense of honesty in this book,even though there was a big thread of self pity running through it she didnt paint herself as a saint or anything,which made the book much better.
Tasha
In my desperation for books, I´ve taken to searching the street markets everytime I pass them to see if they have anything new. I found this one and it seemed readable so I bought it for $2. It´s the autobiography of an Irish woman raising her 9 kids in poverty. Some of it is interesting but it isn´t very well written--everytime she told an antidote, she only used about two sentances and left me feeling that each memory is incomplete.
Mindy
Awesome memoir. It was so refreshing to read a really good story written by an "ordinary" woman as stated in the title. Its heartbreaking and real and empowering all at the same time. It's total Irish dialogue and you WILL find yourself reading it with a heavy brogue. I loved it and I still find myself saying "ya" instead of you. You will appreciate your life and stop feeling sorry for yourself after reading it, that's for sure!
Michelle G

I loved this book. It is a true story told in a Irish sense of black humour. This story is not unlike what many Irish woman faced at that time. I love the slang in this book. It makes it very real and while reading it I could almost hear the words being said.

The issues in this book are alcoholism, poverty, the discrimination between men and woman, a story of the classes, illness and a fight for a better life.
Allison Parker
What is written as a memoir, sometimes in diary style, of an ordinary Irish woman's life, turned out to be an interesting look of poverty stricken Ireland in times other than the famine. Maura Murphy suffered hardship and poverty but brought the happiness of a large family to life in her recounting of the years she spent in England and eventually, back in Ireland.
Jodi
This was such a sad story.I think what made it even more depressing is the fact that this was actually somebodys life.This woman (Maura Murphy) had to live through such hardship and to be honest I couldn't believe it.It was still a great memoir
Maureen
An interesting read, but a little too self- pitying for me . There were times when I felt real sympathy for Maura, but then again I found her extremely hypocritical in many instances.
Alison Gray
A nice lttle read but not exactly enthralling. A life story of a normal woman. My nans life story would probably have made just as if not more interesting reading.
Kay Wells
set back in the 1920's A mother with 9 children, irish, violent husband, learning to live with cancer os that enough to make you read this book.
Vicky Smith
Hooked, pinched this off the shelf at the villa on holiday and couldn't put it down...sad and happy all at once!
Rozanne
Very interesting book, but I think Murphy's a bit of a hypocrite/martyr.
Debs Awesomeo
I yelled "Leave the bastard!" every 15 minutes or so
Angela Ryan
A Must read....just loved it...... gritty & heartfelt....
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