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We were rich and we didn't know it : a memoir of my Irish boyhood (edição 2019)

por Tom Phelan

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In the tradition of Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes and Alice Taylor's To School Through the Fields, Tom Phelan's We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It is a heartfelt and masterfully written memoir of growing up in Ireland in the 1940s. Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Laois in the Irish midlands, spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father as he sought to wrest a livelihood from a farm that was often wet, muddy, and back-breaking. It was a time before rural electrification, the telephone, and indoor plumbing; a time when the main modes of travel were bicycle and animal cart; a time when small farmers struggled to survive and turkey eggs were hatched in the kitchen cupboard; a time when the Church exerted enormous control over Ireland. We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It recounts Tom's upbringing in an isolated, rural community from the day he was delivered by the local midwife. With tears and laughter, it speaks to the strength of the human spirit in the face of life's adversities.… (mais)
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Título:We were rich and we didn't know it : a memoir of my Irish boyhood
Autores:Tom Phelan
Informação:New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
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3.5 I just love memoirs set in Ireland in times gone by. Phelan tells of his boyhood on a 52 acre farm in County Lapis, a rural childhood during a time of few of life's luxuries. A demanding, often angry father, but one who loved his wife very much. Such tenderness was shown towards her, she never was expected to do much farm work and he would even help her bathe the children. Everything had a place, and things were kept neat by following prescribed routines. In his family one usually knew what to expect and when. A more innocent time in ways, hard work for sure, but also unexpected treats now and then that were greatly appreciated. A time when people worked hard for what they had, and appreciated it the more for all that. Nothing taken for granted.

The writing is plain, simple, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. The Catholic Church an ever present influence. Family mattered, stuck together. Phelans later life would be interesting as well. I enjoyed his heartfelt memoir.

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In the tradition of Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes and Alice Taylor's To School Through the Fields, Tom Phelan's We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It is a heartfelt and masterfully written memoir of growing up in Ireland in the 1940s. Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Laois in the Irish midlands, spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father as he sought to wrest a livelihood from a farm that was often wet, muddy, and back-breaking. It was a time before rural electrification, the telephone, and indoor plumbing; a time when the main modes of travel were bicycle and animal cart; a time when small farmers struggled to survive and turkey eggs were hatched in the kitchen cupboard; a time when the Church exerted enormous control over Ireland. We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It recounts Tom's upbringing in an isolated, rural community from the day he was delivered by the local midwife. With tears and laughter, it speaks to the strength of the human spirit in the face of life's adversities.

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