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August 20, 2019

Mahoney


Opinion on a new book by Andrew Joyce by Blogger.

Our great white tribe is really kind of small, and not THAT white, often misunderstood, always under (if ever) represented, and we are an archive of stories that will never be told.

Andrew Joyce has done his bit to immortalise a few of us scatterlings that blew over the ocean – In this case, from Ireland to America. It’s certainly worth a look – It’s about people like us.

USA

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Scatterlings. We are everywhere. We are typically a resilient lot and have rooted in our new communities without too much fuss. Multiculturism has never affected us, I don’t know why. Perhaps it has something to do with the way we learnt gratitude? First, at our mother’s, gran’s or nanny’s knee – Then bashed into us at some variation of that Mission School that we are proud to have attended.

UK

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Who knows? Whatever our background, there is something in it that calls like people together. It hardly seems to matter what sort of experience unites us, it’s enough to acknowledge that people who have bled, starved or lost loved ones to disease together become family – A new tribe joined by unspoken kinship, shared remedies and a distinct, harsh and uncomplicated sense of justice.

Why Buy?

Andrew is a great writer. We know this because Peter Walsh says so. Buy it, read it – and tell us about it. You might find yourself or your ancestor in it.

Someone wrote about us. It matters.

Andrew Joyce has done his bit to immortalise a few scatterlings that blew over an ocean. Simple people lived, loved and navigated a strange new world. They are funny, vicious, passionate and full of ideals. They are us in the raw – Without the icing.

This site is a niche site. We need an order to keep our Amazon access open and I’m trying to avoid adverts that make us look like BEEP.com. Every little helps, and it helps more if you get a lot of bang for your buck.

People say

Real ones – I’ve checked.

  • “The descriptions of what Devin went through was almost like reading my own ancestors’ past.”
  • Anyone with Irish ancestors – or an interest in Ireland, the old west, and early days of California, will find this book captivating”
  • “My Irish Great Grandparents came to America at the same time that Devin Mahoney was making his way.”

Serious about reading. This is amazing value if you are looking for a new hobby – Or fancy going electric.

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One Response “Mahoney”

  1. Emily Gmitter
    May 30, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I would like to make a comment, Donna, but can’t add to–or top–anything you’ve already said. I can say it IS a compelling read. As its editor, in full disclosure, I’ve read it innumerable times and each time was like the first—something new coming to mind, some new revelation (and more often emotion) coming forth as I read about the ordeals Devin and people like him endured as they tried to survive the false famine and escape the horrendous hell England put Ireland through at that time. Mahoney is historically accurate fiction that is both easy and hard to read. One thing to note: Part II, while it uses the “real” names for authenticity, is pure fiction–a deviation from Parts I and III….Part II, all about Dillon, son of Devin, is a full-on western, deliberately told in first person vs third person, and is intended to give a break, if you will, from the intensity and heartbreak of Devin’s tribulations (Part I) and the evolution of Dillon’s son, David, from a spoilt, elitist, selfish crybaby to a man of integrity and compassion (Part III). Again, compelling read. Highly recommended.

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