In the October 8, 2005, edition of The Globe and Mail newspaper, an excerpt of this book, yet to be released, was published. The excerpt was brilliantly written, colouring in the complexities of rural Ireland in the 1960s. In the same way that youth are influencing society today through the use of the Internet, cell phones, texting and gaming, John Doyle eloquently explores how the traditions of Irish culture and the oppressive forces of the Catholic Church were challenged by television a generation ago. I can't wait to read the book!
This book is thoroughly enjoyable and gives an excellent window on what it was like growing up both in rural and urban Ireland in the 60s and 70s. Tough subjects such as Northern Ireland and the Catholic Church are dealt with in an impressively pithy manner.
Why is it that a mediocre "TV" reviewer thinks we should give a damn about his childhood response to televison -- in Ireland of all places. How many more tedious stories about church, drink, Irish "wit," Mam and Dad, must we endure? The Irish are special -- ok -- got it. Now let's move on. This Celtic tiger has no teeth.