Which 50 People turned Ireland into the fecked-up country she is today? Bono? Haughey? Louis Walsh? de Valera? It's time to name and shame the great, the good and the gobshites...
Conventional wisdom has it that Ireland, after a violent and tragic history, had began to get things right. But when the ill wind of recession cruelly snatched that self-satisfied achievement away, it all seemed like exceedingly back luck.
In his 50 brilliantly acerbic portraits Waters reveals a consistent pattern of self-delusion, myopia, inferiority complex, bravado, defeatism, cynicism, sentimentalism and conceit. He traces Ireland's story from the paranoid insularism and cultural myopia that followed national Independence, though the post-Sixties obsession with a faux 'self-confidence', to the final, salutary meltdown of the Celtic Tiger, and strangely lacking either Celts or tigers.
Once among the oldest civilization in Europe, Ireland has ended up as a second-rate version of the England it tried to discard. It threw out not merely the bathwater and the baby, but also the bathtub, the sponge and the rubber duck...
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Book Group|
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While he gains points for some of the pot-shots he takes at some of the Irish Sacred cows by the time I got to the end I was tired of it. It seemed to be the same complaints with minor different changes. This looks at 50 people who fecked up Ireland and he ran out of ideas part-way through, being forced to Declare war against "The Begrudger" and "Paddy O'Blog". Yes many of those he attacks do deserve a lot of the criticism but it comes across as bitter and vindictive rather than actually reasoned and based in fact.It's not the worst writing on the topic but possibly something to read in instalments.
John Waters has been consistently good for years now. When he offers 50 portraits of the people who fecked up Ireland some are better than others. Worth a read though. @ ¿16.99 I would wait until it is offered in paperback though ... I take that back that IS the paperback price! You can borrow my copy when I'm done.
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