I really enjoyed Thomas Lynch's Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans. It was an entertaining and quite an interesting part memoir, part cultural study with the most amazing book cover I have seen in awhile.
I came across this little book while holidaying in County Cork this week and was totally intrigued by the cover scene and the title and didn't even read the blurb to be honest and was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed the Story and life of Tommy and Nora and their hardships and traditions.
" In Feb of 1970 Thomas Lynch a fresh 21 year old American looking for little adventure in his life buys a one way ticket to visit the homestead of his great-grandfather who had left for America in the nineteenth century to find a better life. Thomas is greeted by distant relations brother and sister Tommy and Nora Lynch who now reside together in the isolated thatched cottage at the edge of the ocean in Moveen in West Clare, this visit will change a young American's life"
Take a walk around any of the lanes and boreens of rural Ireland and you will find many stone ruins of cottages and dwellings where stories of hard times and immigration are frequent and where the brother or sister left on the few acres of land to scratch out living while the remainder of the family took the boat to England or America, while there is sadness in these stories there are great yarns to be told and I for one still enjoy learning about these times and just spent a week in Cork driving around the Coastal areas and out to Whiddy Island to enjoy the scenery and learn about the past times of the Islanders.The first half of this book was a 5 star read for me as I loved the arrival of the young American boy and leaning about his ancestors and Tommy and Nora's story as they fought to hold onto their home and land. I loved the folklore of the area and many of the true stories were heartbreaking. The second half of the book while interesting does tend to dwell on religion and other matters which just didn't interest me as much.
Overall and interesting book and a great little find while browsing the bookshops of West Cork.
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