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Easter Rising: An Irish American Coming Up from Under Hardcover – 27 Sep 2006
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May I suggest before reading Easter Rising, read MacDonald's book "All Souls." You will be forever moved by the words and story you read. Both publications left me speechless. The words from these memoirs will make you laugh, think, and weep.
If you only read one book ever again I strongly advice "All Souls" or "Easter Rising."
Michael Patrick MacDonald, searches to find a meaning to the word "normal", in a world where it is normal for strong Irish youths, to fight, do drugs and die before their time.
This book focuses on MacDonalds will to find meaning to his life while recovering from the tragic deaths of his older brothers.
Thankfully, MacDonald finds an outlet in the underground world of Bostons "Punk Rock" and "Reggae" scene and befriends the characters that thrive in it.
His exploration of music and himself becomes a vital part of his survival in a world that seems to be crumbling around him.
Michael MacDonalds descriptions of characters in this book are so very honest and likable that, by the time you are finished you feel like you are family (and if you have roots in Ireland, you probably are).
This book is for anybody that has ever lost somebody.
This book is for anybody who feels like they dont belong.
This book is for anybody who is trying to understand their child.
This book is for anybody who has ever felt lost.
This book is for anybody who is in search of meaning.
This book is for anybody that has quesioned their culture.
This book is for anybody that doesn't get the word "normal"
This book is for anybody that enjoys music.
This book is for anybody.
On a side note, I have never both laughed and cried while reading a book. Michael Patrick MacDonald has a way of bringing out feelings in you that you are not expecting to feel.
I believe that MacDonald wrote "Easter Rising" with the belief that all who pick it up have read "All Souls" (as every thinking American and/or Irishman should). Instead of covering ground previously trodden in that heartwrenching,beautifully written account, MacDonald tells more about his own journey. "All Souls" was a story of a family torn apart by tribalism, willful ignorance and hatred, and Whitey Bulger's iron fisted rule over South Boston. "Easter Rising" tells the tale of Michael's own youthful travels through the Boston and New York music scene, and, in the second half of the book, how MacDonald discovered his true self, an American-Irishman born and raised in South Boston, yet drawn to mother Ireland.
His mother is, as has been mentioned by others, one of the larger than life figures in recent American literature, with her ever present accordian and ability to connect with any and all who cross her path. "Ma" is unforgettable, and I hope that she knows how loved she is by folks like myself. I feel closer to my father, a Boston Irishmanman with whom I clashed throughout his lifetime, through Ma.
Thanks to Micheal Patrick MacDonald, one of the most important voices in America literature today.
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