The Falling Angels: An Irish Romance

The Falling Angels: An Irish Romance

John Walsh / Jan 27, 2020
The Falling Angels An Irish Romance An exuberant Angela s Ashes meets When Did You Last See Your Father an intoxicating memoir of Ireland and being Irish and Anglo Irish as well from one of literature s most flamboyant characters John W
  • Title: The Falling Angels: An Irish Romance
  • Author: John Walsh
  • ISBN: 9780006531227
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback
  • An exuberant Angela s Ashes meets When Did You Last See Your Father an intoxicating memoir of Ireland and being Irish and Anglo Irish as well from one of literature s most flamboyant characters John Walsh is one of literature s party animals and ever present commentators, and he writes with terrific wit and panache The Falling Angels is a book about being Irish and aAn exuberant Angela s Ashes meets When Did You Last See Your Father an intoxicating memoir of Ireland and being Irish and Anglo Irish as well from one of literature s most flamboyant characters John Walsh is one of literature s party animals and ever present commentators, and he writes with terrific wit and panache The Falling Angels is a book about being Irish and about the way the Irish see the English and vice versa and how it feels to fall in between It opens with the death of Walsh s mother, the Widow of Oran , as he learns the Irish Way of Death the rosaries and mass cards and lilies and amaryllises, the curious mixture of innocence and guile with which distant in laws from Kerry and Dublin would coo and sigh and claim close friendship and act at being saints, the increasingly direct conversations that the neighbours and I had with Mother about death and what she could expect in Heaven Above all, there was my mother s own struggle with her growing doubts about God and the afterlife she who had once been the Pope s representative in Battersea Every sentence Walsh writes is witty, outrageous, illuminating and compelling he explores the Irish identity in a warm, personal and confessional book that takes in issues of race, of place, of language, of song, of love, of religion and, crucially, the changing nature of Ireland as it wriggles out of the dwindling influence of the church towards a new sense of itself and in England, Irish culture has a fashionable ascendency Angela s Ashes, Father Ted as indeed it always has had Stuffed like a barmbrack fruitcake to you English with quotations from Heaney, MacNeice, the Pogues and Paul Muldoon, it will be intensely personal, lively rather than gloomy, full of literary and historical relish, and a completely glorious read.
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      • John Walsh

        John Walsh is a writer and commentator who contributes columns, features, interviews and restaurant reviews He has been editor of The Independent Magazine, literary editor of the Sunday Times and features editor of the London Evening Standard.Librarian s note There is than one author in the database with this name.


    389 Comments

    1. another book that had been on the shelf far too long so I m glad I took time out to give it a go.I think the tagline a Irish romance put me off as I was thinking maybe this was a love story sort of is but instead the object of romance is Ireland from an Anglo Irish perspective.I enjoyed this it explored irishness the connection and also the alienation from someone who has one foot in the camp.e memoir was well written and had enough recent pop culture moments to drag me in when I was maybe at th [...]


    2. Beautifully written A sensitive and intelligent story, that will keep you reading, and will provide insight into the history of the time.


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