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5.0 out of 5 stars
No Plastic Paddies Here, 13 Sep 2010
Charlie Connelly's latest "Our Man In Hibernia" had me checking to see if I'm actually Irish. Checked, and apparently I am. It's not many books on your own country (exception : F.S.L. Lyons' "Ireland Since The Famine")that have you cross referencing odd facts. Odd facts you thought as an Irishman you knew. (The biggie being that St Patrick's Day was dry until the mid 70s.) By describing with wry phraseology and avoiding the ever-growing self-flagellation of native commentators Mr Connelly holds up an affectionate mirror to a society on the brink of massive change. I'm reminded of Martha Gelhorn writing of her visit to her childhood home of Havana in the mid 80s. The reality is beneath the surface and it takes a skilled writer to pull the right punches.