So Mammy Said

So Mammy Said

by Patrick Burke


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So Mammy Said is a powerful chronicle of a young Irish Catholic boy's life in a small village in Southern Ireland detailing the trials he faces and the triumphs he enjoys along the way to adulthood. Each chapter gives deeper insights into young Pat, his parents, his thirteen brothers and sisters, and the members of his small community, including a cantankerous schoolteacher and a priest with a short fuse. Filled with Irish wit and mishaps, the adventures of Pat's colorful childhood rival those of Huckleberry Finn. Walk with Pat as he journeys through the rites of passage that made him the man he is today. In the midst of abject poverty, hunger, illness, filth, and deprivation, Pat magically finds humor, dignity and love. What makes this book so rich is the raw honesty of Pat's thoughts and feelings and the way he tells the story without a shred of self-pity. Written in a fresh, conversational voice, this true story will surprise and shock you. It will make you laugh and make you cry. But most of all, it will open your heart.

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ISBN-13: 9781413774788
Publisher: Publish America
Publication date: 08/08/2005
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

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So Mammy Said 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So Mammy Said is a young boy's captivating journey through his poor but vibrant childhood. The book is about struggle and survival, about family and life. The story is told through the eyes of the twelfth son of a 14 child poor Irish family. You get to see Pat's world from around the time he can first remember, an innocent perspective, not yet fully comprehending the poverty and hardship that surrounded him. This book is a frank portryal, that unfolds through a series of stories about the events in Pat's life. We get to live through the good and the bad, but always seeing through the eyes of a young boy who quickly learns what is necessary for survival in his hard world. But there is always an undercurrent of hope, along with wonderfully funny tales about life in a large family and the feud between the kids and their punishing school teacher. I really enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I laughed and I cried. This young Irish boy stole my heart , yet, he managaged to 'Survive' the cards he was dealt.Every Irish descendant should read this wonderful story and experience a trip back thru the eyes of an innocent,Irish child. This book has drama, humour, sadness and mostly perserverance to carry on .The story captivates and flows as if Mr. Burke was sitting at a fireplace relating it to us.It has all the makings of a 'hit'. I am looking forward to re-reading this book and the sequel. Up the Irish ! Fair play to you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In his debut as an author, Patrick Burke provides a fascinating look at his life as a young Irish lad growing up in an impoverished family of sixteen. From his early troubles at school with a rancorous schoolteacher to his many adventures with his siblings, Mr. Burke gives readers an entertaining opportunity to experience firsthand his life growing up in Ireland. His colorful language and skillful use of native Irish dialect are music to the ears. And Mr. Burke does not disappoint in delivering that rare combination of comedy and tragedy that the Irish are known for! All in all, this book demonstrates that Mr. Burke is a superb storyteller.