The Best Are Leaving: Emigration and Post-War Irish Culture (Paperback)Clair Wills (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 350 g
Dimensions: 227 x 153 x 14 mm
'A fine study of an absorbing subject.' Irish Mail on Sunday
'... Wills has written a thoughtful, open-minded and lucid book that shows that the 'great silence' which enveloped commentary on the Irish language in independent Ireland often characterized the emigrant experience too. One of the most moving and beautiful aspects of this compelling narrative is Wills's account of her own mother and of her attempts to negotiate for her family between two exacting cultures. She succeeded magnificently - and one outcome is this valuable and necessary book.' Breac
'[This] book ... brings to the forefront an often overlooked era in twentieth-century Irish culture ... [the author shows us] that this period of departure and radical social change deserves the same rigorous engagement that so frequently attends to global political concerns and earlier twentieth-century periods in Ireland ... Wills' focus brings insight and originality born from top-notch research throughout the book.' Maria McGarrity, Irish Literary Supplement
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