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Bagpipe Brothers tells the unforgettable story of four firefighters in the band, who struggled to bring peace to their families and themselves while searching for the dead, coping with the endless round of funerals, and rethinking the meaning of faith. Their experiences illustrate the grief and recovery of the nation in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.
Kerry Sheridan has written the first book to cover the ordeal of the massive number of funerals, the importance of recovering bodies in Irish American culture, and the bagpiping ritual, both traditional and modern.
|Introduction: A Brief History of Bagpiping and the Irish Traditions of the New York City Fire Department||3|
|2||The Brunton Brothers||41|
|4||Dawning of the Day||75|
|7||Laying to Rest||138|
|9||End of the Line||162|
|13||Closing Ground Zero||218|
Posted October 6, 2004
This book was an excellent portrayal of life as a bagpiper and also as a member of the city fire department. I enjoyed every minute of this book and finished it in 2 days (between work & playing my own bagpipes). I live in NYC and have followed 9-11 since the moment it happened, and all the newspaper & media coverage in the world could not have opened my eyes to how hard these men worked at the site. These gentlemen deserve the highest praise the department could bestow, even though they would say they simply did the right thing. They went above and beyond the ranks in the department. I only wonder how many more men like them are out there and we just do not know. Maybe a sequel to them in a few years? The book depicted their loyalty as strong, their characters as proud Irish men and the sense of humor delightful yet sarcastic at times. The concept of ¿brother¿ comes up often and that is what these men truly are ¿ Brothers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 7, 2004
Kerry Sheridan's superb detailing of the lives of everyday Irish American folks who experienced 9/11 and it's aftermath as firefighters, family members, bagpiper's tasked with honoring their fallen brothers in the exceptionally tragic environment of the year following 9/11 is a riveting account of human realities and the heroic and not so heroic way that some chose to deal with such unimaginable events. Respectfully, yet while pulling no punches, this gifted author, takes the path of Truman Capote in the classic 'In Cold Blood' as she makes us a 'fly on the wall' of these folks amazing lives as they experienced, dealt with, and helped others to perservere through, the most base and tragic of human events. Reading this account tugged at my heart and made me most conscious of the enormity of the debt we owe tho those who help us process and deal with such tragic and immense loss of life. Merits reading by all in the caring professions and gives invaluable insights into Irish-American rituals for dealing with tragedy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.