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A Ghost Upon Your Path an Irish Journey

McCarthy John

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ISBN 10: 0593048849 / ISBN 13: 9780593048849
Verlag: Bantam Press, London, 2002
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Bantam Press 2002; Good to very good in dust jacket-clean copy; 310 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 30272

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Titel: A Ghost Upon Your Path an Irish Journey

Verlag: Bantam Press, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 2002

Einband: Hardcover


Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good

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We all have a need to belong, to have a place and people we feel tied to: our nation, our family, our hometown or house. So how come one can find these feelings of belonging in a place that one has never visited before? Is it something about Ireland as a physical entity - its landscape - or its people that offered itself up as a mother's bosom to John McCarthy? Where do the roots come from - the soil or the nation? This is not just another jolly journey meeting those funny Irish people and their eccentric ways. As well as humour and eccentricity this is a look at the other side, the sadness beyond the Craic. With sections on the language, literature, music, politics and religion, we follow John McCarthy as he looks to his past and explores his own relationship with Ireland.


John McCarthy's A Ghost Upon Your Path is a warm and intriguing book. While McCarthy was a prisoner in Lebanon, his mother died of cancer. He had always thought of himself as English, but after his father died, he decided to investigate his Irish roots by moving to Ireland. The result is this blend of personal discovery and travel book. McCarthy discovers that modern Ireland is far from the romanticised world so often portrayed. At the same time he receives a warm welcome from the distant cousins he discovers in his ancestral land. In doing so, he finds a country that is his own at a deeper level than he first imagined.

A Ghost Upon Your Path is written in a crisp, evocative journalistic style, and is crammed full of interesting facts about Ireland and peopled with the interesting characters McCarthy meets in his pilgrimage home. One wonders whether this book would have been published if McCarthy was not already a celebrity? Family history is not really interesting to non-family members. But McCarthy has the sense to personalise the search into his roots by telling us of his ambiguous feelings for his mother. Underlying the story is the sense that there are more ghosts in McCarthy's life than he is telling. Most intriguing is the sense that he (as the cover photo suggests) will never really recover from his Beirut ordeal, and that as a result, his trek to Ireland was simply another journey of a solitary man, restless in the pursuit to discover his true home. --Dwight Longenecker

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