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44, Dublin Made Me : A Memoir

Peter Sheridan

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ISBN 10: 0670885142 / ISBN 13: 9780670885145
Published by Viking, New York, 1999
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Blue boards, black spine, silver lettering on spine, slight wear to bottom spine edge; turquoise dj with image of door, orange & white lettering on covers & spine; signed by author on title page; 278 pgs.; clean & tight, no po markings. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 008028

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Title: 44, Dublin Made Me : A Memoir

Publisher: Viking, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st U.S. Ed..

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A memoir of growing up in early 1960s Dublin captures the many changes Irish society endured, including the Beatles and the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and chronicles the author's steadily growing love for the theater

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Theater director Peter Sheridan's bracing memoir is timelessly Irish in its lyrical, word-drunk portrait of a boisterous family touched by tragedy: his younger brother, Frankie, died, aged 10, from a brain tumor. The book is also very much a document of the 1960s. It opens on New Year's Eve as 10-year-old Peter and his Da struggle to install a roof antenna: "Half an hour into 1960 we all sat staring at the television." The television goes on to play a major role in the Sheridans' perceptions of life beyond 44 Seville Place, Dublin, particularly when the Troubles explode across the border in Northern Ireland, their mother's birthplace. Rock & roll provides the soundtrack of Peter's youth, though theater becomes the lifeblood for him and older brother Shea (better known now as film director Jim Sheridan--My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father). Ending with the decade's last New Year's Eve, as he prepares to enter Trinity College, Sheridan closes a complex but seamless circle of metaphors and themes. His father finds the part necessary to fix their ancient TV, and when the family hears Da singing "Frankie and Johnny" in the bath for the first time since their Frankie's death, they know they have survived. --Wendy Smith

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