- Hardcover: 281 pages
- Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd; First edition edition (26 Nov. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0717139719
- ISBN-13: 978-0717139712
- Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.6 x 3.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,346,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Pope's Children Hardcover – 26 Nov 2005
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'A highly entertaining antidote to the usual gloom mongers of
Ireland's opinion-mongers...a hedonistic story of success.' -- The Guardian -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Meet the Popes Children - the new Irish generation, born either side of the Popes visit, who have been squeezed into the middle and lifted up by the Celtic Tiger. David McWilliams brilliant, bestselling survey of Ireland today is a celebration of success. He takes us to Deckland, that suburban state of mind where youll find the Kells Angels, those out-of-town commuters who are the cutting edge of the new prosperity. He introduces the HiCos the Hiberno-Cosmopolitans the elite whose distance from Deckland is measured in their cool sophistication, their ability to feel at home equally on the Boulevard Saint-Michel and on Hill 16. The Popes Children is an antidote to the endless pessimism of the Commentariat, official Irelands gloomy opinion mongers, forever seeing a glass half empty that is in fact three-quarters full. There is a vast surge of ambition, new money, optimism and hope out there. Thats the real story: The Popes Children tells it with style. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
On many things he is on the money. In particular the assertion that debt will be the undoing of the whole game. We are spending a ferocious amount of borrowed money and have little regard for value for money or sustaining our success.
The book concentrates on the various types of nouveau rich that have mushroomed here but he ignored like thr rest of us the ghettos that won't prosper and can't join in the monopoly game.
Little regard too is given to the 40% functional illiteracy rate that we still have here. This coupled with easy credit makes it a mugs game because they can't readit they can't see how the lender is taking their first born as a guarantee.
There is an army of kids that will never and can never join the race for more money because they are not educated in primary school and home is too messed up with drugs and partents who are not present in their own lives never mind their kids lives.
Also nothing was said about the unwillingness and the impotent response to broadband and creating an informationally literate society. We rely on piggybacking the malaise of the Eurozone rather than using this time to upskill and push even further ahead. Its almost cool here to be IT illiterate and say that "I don't understand" and "fix it for me" Singapore and Hong Kong are so far ahead in this and we will never catch up when the tables turn and debt kicks us in the behind. It might seem middle class to highlight this but Korea has the highest and fastest broadband in the world. Korea is going places. Samsung products are now better than Sony.Read more ›
McWilliams writes of a new social class he calls HiCos, Hibernian Cosmopolitans disappointed that the social revolutions they supported in the 1970s, '80s and '90s led to mass consumerism rather than radical political change.
The Bobos -- Bourgeois Bohemians -- (from Brooks's book) fret about the same things as the HiCos. Both are seeking new spiritual paths, rejecting Judaeo-Christian worship and looking instead for New Age solutions to fill the aching void that rampant materialism has corroded into their souls, and each is appalled by the vulgarity of the class below. For the Bobo, that is Patio Man; for the HiCo, it is DIY Declan, a citizen of Deckland, McWilliams's catch-all name for anonymous satellite towns where garden decking is the ultimate sign you have arrived.
DIY Declan sees Woodie's as his temple -- which makes him a very close cousin of Patio Man, who feels the same about Home Depot.
And they are aspirational in very similar ways. For Brooks, that means they crave monstrous refrigerators and 'slate shower stalls'; for McWilliams, it means they crave monstrous refrigerators and 'slate wet-rooms'
In leafy US suburbs, Brooks found that so many blue delivery bags containing the New York Times lay on suburban lawns that the bags were visible from outer space. McWilliams decides that, along with the Great Wall of China, Christmas decorations in Celbridge gardens are the only things that can be seen with the naked eye from space.
It goes on.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great book...very prophetic... and then it all crasheded didn't it... and its going to crash againPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
His endless optimism for the group that he called the new elite are now in negative equity and leaving the country. The real elite is the over 70s. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2010 by simon else
well worth a read , if you are fed up with returing to ireland and hearing how everything is grand ....then you wont like this .. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2007 by N. O. Donnell
Yes Ireland has experienced a boom and yes as a result we all are now able to buy the finer drugs and cars and all of that, but while this book shows all of this, it has the same... Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2007 by David G
Apart from the chapter on the property boom, where the author's background in economics allows him some joined-up thinking, this is awful. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2007 by John Grenham
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... Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2006 by M. Kelly
At first I was reluctant to review this book: after all, I couldn't bring myself to finish it, so how could I comment? Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2006 by F. Gibbons
I really honestly fail to see how anbody can take this book seriously. The author is utterly unable to follow a single thread of thought through to any logical conclusion. Read morePublished on 16 July 2006 by helen
Had a look at this book today in Waterstones and I was laughing so much I had to look over my shoulder to see how much I had embarrassed myself! Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2006 by CLAIR