Ellen's Reviews > Are You Somebody? : The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman

Are You Somebody?  by Nuala O'Faolain
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Mar 19, 2008

bookshelves: currently-reading
Recommended to Ellen by: i picked it up all by meself.
Recommended for: mermaids, oatmeal fanatics
Read in January, 2008

not done wiith this one yet.
but hey man, guess what? ireland doesn't have the most liberated of social traditions.
shocking, i know.
okay. anyway. o'faolain is a fantastic storyteller. her experiences coming of age--and really, coming into womanhood (whatever the hell THAT is)--in ireland's literary world in the 1950s-60s is super interesting for multiple reasons: (1) she knew EVERYONE in the artistic-academic-literary world back then; (2) is (an) irish (3) woman who struggled to define herself in a male-dominated field in a devoutly catholic country in a home silently sinking under the weight of alcoholism, bitterness, and disappointment; (4) she is brutally honest in her analyses of both her past and present selves and the societies in which they ran about, which automatically makes her alluring and exciting to read, which results in me reading her book whenever i possibly can, which is usually when i am on the bus to and from work.
i likes.
the book, i mean.
end now.

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