We all have a need to belong, to have a place and people we feel tied to: our family, our house, our hometown, our nation. Ever since he first visited Ireland with his family twenty years ago, John McCarthy has felt a strong affinity with its people and landscape. Yet in spite of his Irish name, he never thought of himself as remotely Irish. When McCarthy sets up home in a wild and isolated corner of County Kerry where his ancestors were living a thousand years before, he realises that he is about to undertake not only a journey into that small rural community but also into his own history and his family. What he discovers there reveals a curious sense of belonging to a place he has never before lived in and peels back the emotional layers of his own fractured past.
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A personal exploration of Irish identity.
We all have a need to belong, to have a place we feel tied to: our nation, our family, or our home town. So how is it that one can find these feelings of belonging in a place where one has never lived? Despite his Irish name, John McCarthy never thought of himself as Irish. Yet ever since he first visited Ireland over twenty years ago, he has had a sense of another connection apart from his antecedents.
To explore this affinity he sets up home on the west coast of Ireland and immerses himself in the lives of those around him. In the midst of a welcoming, caring and close-knit community, he hears stories of isolation, frustration and even madness. There, McCarthy finds an Ireland that is not just the idealized place so often presented to visitors, but one beneath which run darker currents.
Praise for Between Extremes:
“One of the funniest and most moving testaments to friendship that one is likely to read…. A superb travel book.” -- Sunday Times
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