Booking Passage We Irish and Americans

ISBN-10: 0393328570
ISBN-13: 9780393328578
Edition: N/A
Authors: Thomas Lynch
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Description: A writer's return to the old country reveals the binding continuities of family, faith, and language. "A deeply thought-out book filled with poetry, pathos, triumph and lots of Irish laughter."Publishers Weekly "So, Tom that went and Tom that would  More...

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List price: $14.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

A writer's return to the old country reveals the binding continuities of family, faith, and language. "A deeply thought-out book filled with poetry, pathos, triumph and lots of Irish laughter."Publishers Weekly "So, Tom that went and Tom that would come back!" is how Nora Lynch greeted the young American Thomas Lynch in 1970, at the edge of the ocean in West Clare, outside the cottage that his great-grandfatheranother Thomas Lynchhad left nearly a century before on a one-way ticket to America. In thirty-five years and dozens of return trips to Ireland, Lynch has found a template for the larger world inside the small one, the planet in the local parish. The neighbors and characters he found therespinsters and farmers, local heroes, poets, clergy, and corner boystaught him to look, as Montaigne said we ought, for "the whole of Man's estate" in every man. Part memoir, part cultural study, Booking Passage is a brilliant, often comedic guidebook for those Lynch calls "fellow travelers, fellow pilgrims" making their way through the complexities of their own lives and times.

Thomas Lynch lives in Milford, Michigan, where he is the funeral director.

Prologue: Fit & Start
Introduction: The Ethnography of Everyday Life
The Brother
The Same but Different
Inheritance-A Correspondence with Sile de Valera
Death Comes for the Young Curate-A Pilgrim's Story
Bits & Pieces
Great Hatred, Little Room
The Sisters Godhelpus
Odds & Ends
On Some Verses by Irish & Other Poets
Epilogue
After Words
Acknowledgments
Notes on Frontispieces
Selected Bibliography
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