The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making It up in Ireland

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In this opinionated, entertaining book Roy Foster examines how the Irish have written, understood, used, and misused their history over the past century. He provides an unsparing view of the way Irish history is manipulated for political ends and how Irish misfortunes are sentimentalized and packaged. Foster offers incisive readings of writers from Standish O'Grady to Trollope and Bowen and bitingly critiques the memoirs of Gerry Adams and Frank McCourt.

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In this opinionated, entertaining book Roy Foster examines how the Irish have written, understood, used, and misused their history over the past century. He provides an unsparing view of the way Irish history is manipulated for political ends and how Irish misfortunes are sentimentalized and packaged. Foster offers incisive readings of writers from Standish O'Grady to Trollope and Bowen and bitingly critiques the memoirs of Gerry Adams and Frank McCourt.

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"Reading Foster will sharpen your wits, leave you less likely to be duped by a story simply because it's told with a brogue."—Chicago Tribune

"Erudite and acerbic"—Kirkus Reviews

"Interesting, suggestive, mostly urbane, sometimes scathing."—Wall Street Journal

"Foster is a formidably funny and exciting writer, and it is a joy to watch as he charmingly herds each sacred cow to the slaughter."—Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday

"Foster's superb portrait of the essayist Hubert Butler evokes an Irish Orwell; someone who for 60 years, at times reviled and at others ignored, spoke subtle, lucid truth.... Foster eviscerates what he sees as the cramping of the past in memoirs by Frank McCourt and Gerry Adams.... What Foster is really going after is not politics but a way of thinking and writing 'for an audience in search of reaffirmation rather than dislocation—or enlightenment.'... Style is Foster's touchstone for truth. His disdain for McCourt's and Adams's writing, and the tradition of tale-telling, is more than literary."—Richard Eder, New York Times Book Review

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195159028
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/6/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 6.44 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Foster is Professor of History and a Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. He is the author of W. B. Yeats: The Apprentice Mage and Modern Ireland, and is the editor of The Oxford History of Ireland.

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