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The Young Wan [Kindle Edition]

Brendan O'Carroll
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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Before she was a Mammy, before she had Chisellers, and before they made her a Granny, Agnes Browne was Agnes Reddin, a young girl-or a Young Wan- growing up in the Jarro in Dublin. 

Brendan O'Carroll takes readers back to the heart of working-class Dublin, this time in the 1940s.  Together with her soon to be lifelong best friend Marion Delany, young Agnes manages to survive the indignities and demands of Catholic school, the unwanted births of siblings, days spent in the factories and markets, and nights in the dance hall as rock-and-roll invades Dublin.

But on the eve of her wedding night, the Jarro is alive with gossip—will Agnes be turned away at the altar?  For the whole parish knows Agnes's not-so-well-kept secret.  And with a mother falling further into dementia, and a younger sister turning to a life of crime, it's up to Agnes alone to keep her splintering family together, while trying to create one of her own. 

Filled with O'Carroll's trademark wicked wit and loving, larger-than-life characters, The Young Wan shows the hardscrabble beginnings of the ultimate Irish mother and family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 691 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (27 Jan. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001O6MDS6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,964 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Fourth 16 Mar. 2003
By taking a rest HALL OF FAME
"The Young Wan", is the 4th book published by Brendan O'Carroll that chronicles the life, friends and family of Agnes Brown, although it is now the first when placed in chronological order. The original three books formed a remarkable trilogy that could easily have stood on its own. The author took a risk by expanding the series to 4 but it was a gamble well chosen and readers are brilliantly rewarded. The remarkable woman who we met in the original series now has her story told and even that of her mother and a small bit of her grandparents. The result is a complete picture of a remarkable woman and the family she raised.
The book for me was he darkest of the four but that did not prevent it from at times causing the most pleasurable discomfort from laughter after it brought tears from the words of a devoted son, and sorrow from the brutality, stupidity and pure meanness that only humans practice. If you think you have read of all the cruelty a parent can inflict on a child read Agnes's story. If you think there is a finite depth that a parent can sink to in abuse of their own, read this story, for Dante never created a level so low. That these parents I refer to would seek shelter in an Apartheid state after committing what can only be termed mass murder, is an appropriate locale for those who judged their own child so cruelly.
This book and the four part series it is a portion of is some of the best reading I have ever done, no time I have spent with a book has been more satisfactorily used. The brutal parts of this tale should in no sense put you off from this book and the three that follow, for the series is about the triumph of the human will no matter what it faced, no matter how familiar the face may have been that inflicted such pain. It is a story of a woman that literally handed her dream to a sibling, a woman who never thought of quitting much less did.
This is a remarkable collection by a gifted man who loved his mother enough to tell her story.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Young Wan, Brendan O'Carroll 9 May 2011
By Rainey
Oh, Brendan O'Carroll. You gave your readers some good old belly laughs and some real heart wrenching moments when you previously wrote about Agnes Browne and her family.

Now, with The Young Wan, we get a chance to see how Agnes herself grew up and the journey she took before becoming the Mammy; how she became best friends with Marion Delaney and how she met her Redser; and all the other adventures she had along the way. Sometimes laugh out loud funny, and other times tearfully sad, this is a book I couldn't wait to read.

We see how Agnes became the strong woman she was in this book; how she coped with the passing of her beloved father; how she brought up and looked after her sister; and how she became her monther's 'mother'.

I throroughly enjoyed this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Wonderful! Did not want it to end. 12 Jun. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Brendan - thank you for this touching story and for making me love Mrs Agnes Browne just that little bit more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for the Agnes Brown fan! 9 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was so excited to read this book! It was the first book I downloaded for my Kindle and I loved it!

Journey along with Agnes as the story casts you back to how her parents fell in love and married. How Agnes started life at school, work and spent her Friday evenings at dances. All the time coupled with her best friend Marion.

I laughed out loud at times and was close to tears at others and without spoiling it there are some lovely twists.

I only hope that I can get the other books soon for my Kindle!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of laughs. 31 Oct. 2011
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Having read Brendan O'Carroll's Agnes Browne trilogy, which I thouroughly enjoyed, I couldn't wait to start The young Wan, I wasn't disappointed, this was every bit as enjoyable & as funny as the others, I couldn't put it down, I would highly recommend these books, just dont read them in public as you'll get some very strange looks from others when you laugh out loud. Well done Brendan O'carroll.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 3 Nov. 2012
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If I was expecting a 'take' on the tv show I was very mistaken. This was a book written with depth and surprises. A mixture of laughter and tears, but at the same time with a depth that was touching. The ending was poignant and unexpected. Look forward to reading the rest of the collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Young Wan Brendan O'Carroll 30 Jun. 2012
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very very funny chronicle of the young, to be, Mrs Brown. The witty lines made me cry laughing...the escapades her & Winnie got up to were hillarious, to say the least.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brendan O'carroll scores again 27 Jun. 2012
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A really good read with a lot of laughs and sadness within. I couldn't put it down and read into the early hours until I had finished it. Brendan O'Caroll is a great comedian and an excellent writer.
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