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1.0 out of 5 stars
A very frustrating read, 14 Nov 2006
This book had been recommended by a friend who said it reflected life in Ireland. I don't live in Ireland at the moment, but found that it does not come close to describing the lives of friends and family who do. The categories he devises are one-dimensional stereotypes - though he is critical where anyone else uses a stereotype. Each description is extreme and is based on the fundamental hypothesis that all Irish people are trying to impress their peers/keep up with the Jones's. There are probably two or three real insights in the entire book, but his ideas are more suited to a article in the weekend papers rather than an entire book. He touches on a number of major issues - how Ireland is adapting to immigration, economic success, etc., but instead of tackling these issues, he spins out repetitive chapters on stereotypes. A very frustrating read.