John Doyle's A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television PDF

By John Doyle

ISBN-10: 1845131959

ISBN-13: 9781845131951

Celebrated television critic John Doyle has penned an Irish memoir that provides a portrait of a boy and his nation remodeled through tv. humorous, insightful, and fascinating, a good banquet of sunshine starts within the small city of Nenagh, the place younger John's father bought the family's first tv in 1962, and leads to 1979 with the Pope's old stopover at to the Emerald Isle, the looks of "Dallas" on Irish television, and twenty-two-year-old John's get away to North the USA. by way of day, John was once schooled by means of the Christian brothers within the valor of Irish insurgent heroes and the saintliness of Catholic martyrs. yet within the evenings, tv conveyed extra subversive messages: American westerns, "I Love Lucy, the guy from U.N.C.L.E., Laugh-In, The Muppet exhibit, Starsky and Hutch, and Monty Python instructed methods of lifestyles that have been intriguing and unfastened. information assurance of yankee civil rights and women's rights protests, Irish road riots, bombings, and Bloody Sunday clashed with Catholic conservatism. whereas the "global village" used to be yanking eire out of its earlier, one clever and sardonic boy used to be taking notes. His tale, straight away an enthralling coming-of-age story and a compelling social heritage, is a welcome boost to the literature of Ireland.

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