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S a bartender in a cathedral; the next he's attending a beard convention Before you know it he's befriended famous writers like the lonely JP Donleavy author of the iconic Ginger Man and an actor in Grade Z filmsStill seeking the essence of Irish identity Monagan moves his family to a country cottage on the banks of a majestic river where he finds a timeless village universe Hitting the road the author encounters a white witch who still talks to fairies ec For anyone who would like a better understanding of that small but magical complex perplexing witty larcenous poetic and profane country I highly recommend Ireland Unhinged David Monagan approach

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The boom to bust story of Ireland by the acclaimed author of Jaywalking with the IrishA recent economic miracle Ireland nation has now suffered a catastrophic collapse Yet mirth soulfulness and eccentricity still reign In Ireland Unhinged Connecticut born David Monagan explores his adopted country through the eyes of a passionate transplantMoving first to Cork City the author and his family embrace Ireland's unpredictable nature One day Monagan's serving a It sure must be nice to be able to just up and move to another country own two homes and still have enough money to be able to flit around the country researching your next book With three kids

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O warriors bog diggers farmers monks an IRA killer and brazen new Irish entrepreneurs galore What is Ireland Has it lost its soul Monagan keeps asking as he roams from Cork to Dublin Donegal and Belfast His answers are singular loving searing and often laugh out loud funnyFrank McCourt author of Angela's Ashes praised Monagan as the best non fiction writer about Ireland today The author re earns that honor with the delightful travel memoir Ireland Unhinged The beginning of this book provided an excellent narrative of the rise of the Celtic Tiger but halfway through it became really disjointed and strayed far from any semblance of logical order I wa


10 thoughts on “Ireland Unhinged

  1. says:

    It sure must be nice to be able to just up and move to another country own two homes and still have enough money to be able to flit

  2. says:

    Took ages to read But a decent insight into an American family's life after they've settled into Ireland Half memoir half travelogue Interesting in most parts Not a bad book

  3. says:

    This is the second David Monagan book Jaywalking being the first which left me somewhat ill at ease I can't pinpoint whether it's his topic obviously Ireland has serious financial problems or Mr Monagan's viewpoi

  4. says:

    This was a particularly interesting account of the author's observations as an American who has lived in Ireland with his family since around 2

  5. says:

    For anyone who would like a better understanding of that small but magical complex perplexing witty larcenous poetic and profane country I highly recommend Ireland Unhinged David Monagan approaches his subject as a devoted outsider but an outsider much closer to the core than most non natives could ever hope to be giving us a uniue perspective unsullied by either native pride or outsider skepticism There are

  6. says:

    Following the brilliant book Jaywalking with the Irish the author Monagan muses upon he adventures in Ireland through the peak and collapse of the Celtic Tiger His anecdotes are both humorous and thought provoking as he cl

  7. says:

    Nearly tossed because his social politics seem awry but not sure his book deserves the low average rating He is

  8. says:

    Well it was not bad but not what I expected The author was writing his memoir of the years in Ireland almost like a journal I thought there would be research based information outside the author's experience for comparison I did get a real fl

  9. says:

    The beginning of this book provided an excellent narrative of the rise of the Celtic Tiger but halfway through it became really disjointed and strayed far from any semblance of logical order I was really excited to read this book but I uit before finishing it

  10. says:

    A clear eyed assessment of a beloved country true love is seeing the person or country as they really are and loving them faults and all