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Are You Somebody? by Nuala O'Faolain
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Apr 04, 2007

it was amazing

I read this book after I read "My Dream of You"
because I wanted to know more about the author.
She describes her upbringing, education and career as a writer for the Irish Times.
She is an extraordinary person with amazing powers of resilience
despite her hard-scrabble rural Irish Catholic upbringing with an absentee father and an alcoholic mother.
The crushing oppression of women in Ireland in the 1950's and 60's during which she came of age, went to college on scholarship, and began her career are the dreary and sometimes chaotic, but uniquely fascinating, setting for her personal journey of self-discovery and self-actualization.
Excruciating in it's details, this is also an expose of the experience of that generation of women in micro-cosm.
Many similar experiences had by American women of that era are writ large in the Irish experience and it serves to illuminate the nature of that oppression.
The fact that she survived it at all shows
that she is truly somebody.
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