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In thirty five years and dozens of return trips to Ireland Thomas Lynch has found a template for the larger world inside t I liked this book that is not sure what it wants to be essay memoir travel immigrant culture It has a bit of all these in it but for me it falls easiest into the category of essay While some of these essays have a unifying them some sort of wander But I did not find the wandering off putting at all I enjoyed finding out where Lynch s thoughts would next go This book starts with a piece labeled Prologue and titled Fit Start and it begins on page xv But it is really the first essay Then on page xxi is a piece labeled Introduction and called The Ethnography of Everyday Life This essay sets the tone for book In it we learn what the author wanted this book to be and how 911 changed that The book I first imagined something chatty and jaunty like a good night s talk Something that would find its market among even a fraction of the fortysomemillion Americans alive today who trace their place back to the thirty two thousand suare mile island in the sea at the westernmost point of Europe was no longer possible Just as our sense of safety here protected by oceans and the globes largest arsenal of weapons and resources was forever shaken irreparably damaged by the horrors of that day so too was the sense that ethnicity is always and only uaint and benign Lost too was the luxury of isolation and purposeful ignorance of the larger world of woes a taste for which I d acuired in my protected suburban youth and overindulged throughout my adulthood fattening as Americans especially do on our certainty that it will all be taken care of by whoever s in charge page xxxiv And the tug between what the author originally wanted and how 911 changed that appears throughout the book And that is not a bad thing My favorite essay in the book Great Hatred Little Room best reflects I think how the author was affected by 911 The genesis of the essay is the author finding himself stuck in Chicago as a result of a storm that diverted his flight home to Detroit to Chicago He writes of this desire to get home his envy of those who have already secured a rebooking and his interaction with a fellow traveler also waiting Into that experience perhaps triggered by the never uiet news programs on the TVs in the airport he weaves his thinking about the post 911 experience One theme is how and why religious beliefs are used to justify beastly acts This leads to a discussion of otherness or how we separate ourselves from other human kinds Lynch notes that Religion is just one of the several easy ways for the blessed and elect to remain just that The haves and the have nots around the world maintain their status as victimizer and aggrieved on the narrowest of grounds of difference Race religion tribe caste class club color gender sexual preference denomination sect geography and politics everything we are separates us from everyone else p 195Lynch is an author and a poet whose livelihood is as a mortician He s a baby boomer with adult children divorced and remarried who lives in a suburb of Detroit Michigan He also inherited the family homestead in Moveen County Clare Ireland His great grandfather left Moveen for America during the famine years and never returned Lynch however returned in 1970 and developed a deep relationship with the remaining children of his great grandfather s brother Nora and Tommy were then in their seventies and the author in his 20 s The relationship that develops is woven through the essays in this bookI see that my review like the book wanders from thought to thought There is much in this book but this review is already longer than it needs to be Just get a copy and wade in and see what strikes you No need to rush through it Take some time and reflect along with the author Pegged and Plugged at the Club return trips to Ireland Thomas Lynch has found a template for the larger world inside t I liked this book that is not sure what it wants to be essay memoir travel immigrant culture It has a bit of all these in it but for me it falls easiest into the category of essay While some of these essays have a unifying them some sort of wander But I did not find the wandering off putting at all I enjoyed finding out where Lynch s thoughts would next go This book starts with a piece labeled Prologue and titled Fit Start and it begins on page xv But it is Tunnel Through Time really the first essay Then on page xxi is a piece labeled Introduction and called The Ethnography of Everyday Life This essay sets the tone for book In it we learn what the author wanted this book to be and how 911 changed that The book I first imagined something chatty and jaunty like a good night s talk Something that would find its market among even a fraction of the fortysomemillion Americans alive today who trace their place back to the thirty two thousand suare mile island in the sea at the westernmost point of Europe was no longer possible Just as our sense of safety here protected by oceans and the globes largest arsenal of weapons and Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 resources was forever shaken irreparably damaged by the horrors of that day so too was the sense that ethnicity is always and only uaint and benign Lost too was the luxury of isolation and purposeful ignorance of the larger world of woes a taste for which I d acuired in my protected suburban youth and overindulged throughout my adulthood fattening as Americans especially do on our certainty that it will all be taken care of by whoever s in charge page xxxiv And the tug between what the author originally wanted and how 911 changed that appears throughout the book And that is not a bad thing My favorite essay in the book Great Hatred Little Room best Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 reflects I think how the author was affected by 911 The genesis of the essay is the author finding himself stuck in Chicago as a Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 result of a storm that diverted his flight home to Detroit to Chicago He writes of this desire to get home his envy of those who have already secured a The Fatima Century rebooking and his interaction with a fellow traveler also waiting Into that experience perhaps triggered by the never uiet news programs on the TVs in the airport he weaves his thinking about the post 911 experience One theme is how and why Leah Starrs Revenge religious beliefs are used to justify beastly acts This leads to a discussion of otherness or how we separate ourselves from other human kinds Lynch notes that Religion is just one of the several easy ways for the blessed and elect to Pieces 8 (Pieces, remain just that The haves and the have nots around the world maintain their status as victimizer and aggrieved on the narrowest of grounds of difference Race Time Flies and Other Short Plays religion tribe caste class club color gender sexual preference denomination sect geography and politics everything we are separates us from everyone else p 195Lynch is an author and a poet whose livelihood is as a mortician He s a baby boomer with adult children divorced and Fall (VIP Book 3) (English Edition) remarried who lives in a suburb of Detroit Michigan He also inherited the family homestead in Moveen County Clare Ireland His great grandfather left Moveen for America during the famine years and never Drawing Dead (Faolan OConnor Book 1) returned Lynch however Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra returned in 1970 and developed a deep Chinas Son relationship with the Welcome to the Desert of the Real remaining children of his great grandfather s brother Nora and Tommy were then in their seventies and the author in his 20 s The Dead End Bluff relationship that develops is woven through the essays in this bookI see that my King Noah Blindness and the Vision of Seers review like the book wanders from thought to thought There is much in this book but this Princess to Pleasure Slave 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Booking Passage We Irish and Americans

Uidebook for those fellow travelers fellow pilgrims making their way through the complexities of their own lives and times The author also wrote The Undertaking which is a favorite of mine This one tells further stories from the author s life and of his Irish relations Likable enough and with a wonderful turn of phrase the books somehow lacked a focus or coherence It was written just after 911 which the author indicated had influenced the book to be much serious and shows conflict instead of the happy come to IrelandAmerica originally envisioned I liked it but some paragraphs went on and on the essays moved slowly Imagimorphia relations Likable enough and with a wonderful turn of phrase the books somehow lacked a focus or coherence It was written just after 911 which the author indicated had influenced the book to be much serious and shows conflict instead of the happy come to IrelandAmerica originally envisioned I liked it but some paragraphs went on and on the essays moved slowly

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He small one the planet in the local parish Part memoir part cultural study Booking Passage is a brilliant often comedic g Another bookclub jointI m still not sure what to make of itBits were incredibly well observed particularly around the church but I struggled with a lot of it Less the lack of cohesiveness I took the book as a love letter to Ireland ancestry poetry the author s overplayed pseudo Irish voiceThat said1 Still got a good conversation going at bookclub I still love the hive mind effect of getting people together2 I liked his point about singing along until you find your own voice


10 thoughts on “Booking Passage We Irish and Americans

  1. says:

    I really enjoyed Thomas Lynch's Booking Passage We Irish and Americans It was an entertaining and uite an interesting part memoir part cultural study with the most amazing book cover I have seen in awhileI came across this l

  2. says:

    I have an autographed copy of this and think I am the cat's meow because of it

  3. says:

    I liked this book that is not sure what it wants to be essay memoir travel immigrant culture It has a bit of all these in it but for me it falls easiest into the category of essay While some of these essays have a unifying them some sort of wander But I did not find the wandering off putting at all I enjoyed finding out where Lynch's though

  4. says:

    Another bookclub jointI’m still not sure what to make of itBits were incredibly well observed particularly around the church but I s

  5. says:

    Lovely set of essays that might variously be described as memoir social commentary and history Feels a bit rushed

  6. says:

    You don't have to be Irish or even American to enjoy this collection of essays just human I love Tom Lynch's voice and his stories of how he came to be a part time resident of Moveen County Clare even as he continues his life as a mid western funeral director and writer

  7. says:

    Absolutely fabulous essays on the human condition from the perspective of an Irish American writer who deals with death in families as a vocation

  8. says:

    Thomas Lynch is a poet and mortician from Milford Michigan As his surname might tip you off he is also Irish American His ties to County Clare are strong and he has returned time and again to visit and sometimes to reside in his ances

  9. says:

    The author also wrote The Undertaking which is a favorite of mine This one tells further stories from the author's life and of his Irish relations Likable enough and with a wonderful turn of phrase the books somehow lacked a focus o

  10. says:

    Lyrical thoughtful funnyWho doesn’t love the Irish But there is so much in Tom Lynch’s book of essays than Irish and Irish poets A searing indictment of rationalizations about Catholic Church scandals a wondrous sidestep into Taos New Mexico of all places the burial of a beloved priest And many mugs or glasses or steins of beer and ail and stout Besides being a fine poet Lynch is a touching essayist And not to be left out a mo

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