Encounters with a Wildly Changing Country
By David Monagan
(Council Oak Books, Hardcover, 9781571782526, 300pp.)
Publication Date: March 2011
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"Writing with an unhurried and considered hand, his wryness evident but checked by a brooding malaise, Monagan visits with landscapes both sullied and unsullied, in search of Ireland's many silver tongues. There are great bar-side chats with anonymous pubsters, as well as a wonderfully anecdote-strewn day with author J.P. Donleavy. A penetrating, droll embrace of an Ireland in the midst of tumult." --Kirkus Reviews "IRELAND UNHINGED is incisive, wry, and witty, but also coldly surgical and it repeatedly and perfectly catches the zeitgeist of an Ireland hell-bent on self-destruction. Monagan sees it all: there is Mad Max stuff in here, but this American-in-Ireland's analysis is also highly reasoned and grinning. Read it." --Patrick McCabe, author of The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto, and The Stray Sod Country