Easter Rising

Easter Rising

An Irish American Coming up From Under

eBook - 2008
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In All souls, Michael Patrick MacDonald told the story of the loss of four of his siblings to the violence, poverty and gangsterism of Irish South Boston. In Easter Rising he tells the story of how he got out. Desperate to avoid the "normal life" of Southie, Michael reinvents himself in the burgeoning punk rock movement and the thrilling vortex of Johnny Rotten, Mission of Burma, and the Clash. At nineteen MacDonald escapes further, to Paris and then London. Out of money, he contacts his Irish immigrant grandfather - who offers a loan, but only if Michael will visit Ireland. It is this reluctant journey "home" that offers MacDonald a chance at reconciliation - with his heritage, his neighborhood and has family - and a way forward.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton MIfflin, [2008], 2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 0547527233 electronic bk
9780547527239 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK B MACDONALD
Characteristics: 1 online resource (248 pages) : illustrations

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Jul 19, 2016

This book resonates with my soul, in many ways. You can feel the joy and grief. Showing the true spirit of punk and moving forward. Good read.

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feyfriend
Nov 09, 2006

MacDonald's follow-up fills in some gaps from his initial memoir, and over-all I liked it a lot. I appreciate his honesty about struggling with loss, with social issues that overwhelm individuals and families. The book did however feel oddly compressed in parts, esp. toward the end, when he was doing some really fine writing about discovering his origins and connections to his culture of origin in Ireland, that I wish he could've found more room for, and less for the enumeration of punk bands, however they may have influenced and even saved him in his youth. If he is saving some of the later stuff for a third volume, I do hope he finds the courage to go all the way where he seemed to be heading with the redemptive awarenesses he was coming to. Personally, I'd recommend reading _All Souls_ first to get a fuller feel for this one. Overall, I recommend this book, MacDonald seems a "true heart" who has suffered and prevailed, still able to care, and make his readers care as well.

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