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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; New edition edition (25 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812550765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812550764
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 2.9 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,416,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Father Greeley has given great attention to the role of imagination in the life of faith. What he is doing is re-evangelizing the imagination, using fiction to address the faith and the mysteries of the faith. That's an extraordinarily significant project." --Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago"Nobody has ever left the church because of an Andrew Greeley novel, but many have been attracted back to it by him." --Reverend Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I."Michael Collins is now recognized as the lost leader of the 20th century. If he had lived, it is probable that Collins could have ended the Irish troubles. He had the vision and leadership skills to stop the killing and bring all parties to the negotiating table. Drawing from the letters of Collins, Greeley portrays the Irish leader as romantic, sensitive and introspective. Greeley's Collins is also tough." --"Chicago Sun-Times" on" Irish Gold""A tale of young love and faith with a cast of characters, Irish and American, that very well may open Greeley's work to a generation of new readers." --"Chicago Tribune" on "Irish Gold""A first-rate adventure story." --"Baltimore Sun" on "Irish Gold"

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Priest, sociologist, author and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career spanning five decades. His books include the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels, including "The Archbishop in Andalusia," the Nuala Anne McGrail novels, including "Irish Tweed," and "The Cardinal Virtues." He was the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction, and his writing has been translated into 12 languages.Father Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In addition to scholarly studies and popular fiction, for many years he penned a weekly column appearing in the "Chicago Sun-Times" and other newspapers. He was also a frequent contributor to "The New York Times," the "National Catholic Reporter," "America "and "Commonweal," and was interviewed regularly on national radio and television. He authored hundreds of articles on sociological topics, ranging from school desegregation to elder sex to politics and the environment.Throughout his priesthood, Father Greeley unflinchingly urged his beloved Church to become more responsive to evolving concerns of Catholics everywhere. His clear writing style, consistent themes and celebrity stature made him a leading spokesperson for generations of Catholics. He chronicled his service to the Church in two autobiographies, "Confessions of a Parish Priest" and "Furthermore!"In 1986, Father Greeley established a $1 million Catholic Inner-City School Fund, providing scholarships and financial support to schools in the Chicago Archdiocese with a minority student body of more than 50 percent. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million endowment to establish a chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago. He also funded an annual lecture series, "The Church in Society," at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, from which he received his S.T.L. in 1954.Father Greeley received many honors and awards, including honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland at Galway, the University of Arizona and Bard College. A Chicago native, he earned his M.A. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Chicago.Father Greeley was a penetrating student of popular culture, deeply engaged with the world around him, and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, cheering for the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs. Born in 1928, he died in May 2013 at the age of 85.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Johnston on 16 Sept. 2010
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I like Andrew Greeley's work on the whole and this is a good book. However, there are some drawbacks.

(i) I have never much liked dialect in books, and there is an excess of Irishness, here.
(ii) Greeley's characters are always well to do upper echelon Irish Chicagoans which seems somewhat unrepresentative.
(iii) He is generally unsympathetic to the English which becomes wearing after a while (I speak as an Englishman).

On the plus side this introduces the lovely Nuala and Dermot and they are worth the introduction.

He writes as well as anyone I have read on positive marital relations, obviously in a fictional way, and seems to write the female perspective well (at least from my view).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Astonishingly informative, entertaining, realistic 21 Feb. 1998
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It was my first contact with the author Father Andrew M. Greeley and that's the only reason I put a 9 and not a10. I was amazed by his vividness and skill the clarity and effectiveness of his prose. There are no romantic cliches here, only real emotions of everyday people. I will surely read more of your books Father Andrew M. Greeley.
Being a Greek I can't say that I have so much knowledge of the Irish History. I am certainly intrigued to learn much more. This is the accomplishment of the author that I value most. His book being very much entertaining, it goes beyond entertainment. It gives information, it analyses a point of view, an aspect about what happened in a certain occasion that remains one of the mysteries of modern history.
God Bless You Father and May Keep You Well.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Irish Gold 25 April 2000
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This is the first book of an on going series by Andrew Greeley. The main characters are Dermot Coyne, a lucky man who by a mistake made his fortune on Wall Street, and Nuala Anne a mystical Irish woman who is attending school at Trinity College in Dublin when they meet.The two become embroiled in a assasination plot which occured 80 years ago. The story unfolds as the pair travel over Ireland to search for clues to figure out who really assisinated Michael Collins. Tidbits of Irish history and culture are added along with Dermot's Chicago culture to create a story that makes you wonder what really happened. The best part is Nuala's accent and the hints of more to come in future books. I really enjoyed this book because the plot is carried by a murder mystery 80 years old. I also enjoyed the romantic undertones. Nuala and Dermot act like two normal people physically attracted and yet the there are no scenes that are graphic or in poor taste. This was the first book of Andrew Greeley's that I read and since then I have read many more of his books.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Greeley comes from an ancient heritage of story-telling. 3 Aug. 1999
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I have been a fan of Andrew Greeley for a long time--my first introduction was "White Smoke." This book eclipses that fine tale. The good Father is a skilled story-teller and a sensualist to boot! His weaving of history along with the modern love story between Nuala and Dermot was delightful. I didn't want to put it down. It also offers a plausible explanation for Mick Collins' death. In addition, it brought back fond memories of my travels in Ireland to find my family roots. Turn off the t.v., get a good drink, a comfortable chair, and prepare to enjoy yourself.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful story, definitely worth reading. 5 Jan. 1998
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Once again, Andrew Greeley has given his readers a sample of his finest work. This story, peppered with perfectly magical imagery of the Irish countryside, succeeds in capturing the true romance of Irish history. Greeley succeeds magnificently in his attempt to link truth and fiction as he explores the mystery of the Michael Collins murder.
Follow Dermot Michael in his quest for the truth about his grandparents, and be swept away by the two parallel love stories which will leave any reader wishing the book would never end.
A truely magical tale, this book is a treasure for any reader who is a romantic at heart.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A romantic novel written from a truely male perspective! 12 Jan. 1999
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Andrew Greely sttikes gold with this wonderfully romantic mystery novel! Nuala is the most appealing character I've ever read! Dermot is real and awkward and full of life! The inner diologue is shockingly realistic. Both sexes will enjoy this one. Finally a romantic novel written from a male perspective that is well written and explores the sensitive, insecure side of men without sacrificing the rough-and-tumble! A great balance!
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