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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Rowfant Press; 1st illustrated paperback edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929731094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929731091
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,234,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sllaracuente on August 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
The title of this book caught my eye because, at first glance, it seemed an oxymoron. Being from New York, I think of Irish immigrants arriving in the harbor, or perhaps in the west--but always in a city, such as Chicago. Apparently, according to Dr. Matthew Jockers' introduction, scholars who study literature written by Irish immigrants have thought of it solely in this context, as well. But this book demands we all look further. Driscoll grew up and attended Friends University in Kansas,and had a long career as a well-respected and well-liked journalist, first in Wichita and afterward in New York. He puts his writing experience to good use in this autobiography and proves that he can write a long narrative with aplomb. He writes with wit and grace and his style holds up well for readers over 65 years after original publication. Here's just one example: "There was a time, when I was very young, when almost our entire family had red woolen underclothes in winter. This outfit of luxurious clothing must have been some sort of heirloom, for the long red woolens were cut down for the younger boys when they had become too threadbare for further wear by the elders, and eventually the last shred of the warm stuff passed out of use, except as rags in the great rag-bag that served so many household purposes. These red rags made fine shoe polishers" (59). This is probably not the most representative example, but notice how Driscoll's subtle humor mixed with earthy detail; he has a knack for it. He likes to challenge his readers' assumptions: like his title, "Kansas" and "Irish," "heirloom" and "underwear" probably don't spring to mind as a natural pair-- but Driscoll puts them together and makes them work-- to prompt further thought, laughter, or both.Read more ›
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