The Village of Longing: 2and Dancehall Days


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This title provides the narrative of George O'Brien's childhood in the somnolent river-valley settlement of Lismore, County Waterford, during the 1950s. It describes the life and surrounding of an only child raised in a close-knit society: the town of Lismore and its inhabitants; the twin empires of Castle and Church; ball-alley, hurling field and point-to-point; and the tides of migration, the lure of foreignness. The village incarnated by George O'Brien is an Ireland in microcosm - post-colonial, myth-haunted, ...

The Village of Longing: 2and Dancehall Days 1990, Viking Books

ISBN-13: 9780670823666