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

Are You Somebody?  by Nuala O'Faolain
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Apr 15, 2010

it was amazing

I read this book after I read "My Dream of You"
because I wanted to know more about the author.
Herein 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 Church dominated Post-revolutionary Ireland of the 1950's and 60's, under which she came of age, went to college on scholarship, and began her writing career, is 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, and somebody quite extraordinary at that.
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