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Memories of a Catholic Boyhood: Fall River Paperback – November 22, 2013

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492210234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492210238
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,646,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in the mill city of Fall River, Massachusetts, replete with its Catholic enclaves, Professor Paul Fletcher’s delightful reminiscence strikes a responsive chord for those, like me, who shared a similar and formative experience while growing up in an Irish-Catholic setting in the mid-20th century when the Church permeated nearly every aspect of our lives. Fletcher’s stay in a Catholic seminary adds depth and understanding to his vivid recollections. This well-written book transcends the confines of Fletcher’s fascinating family to provide a revealing portrait of ethnic (and Fortress) American Catholicism in its heyday. He preserves for us an era and an ethos that has vanished, never to return.
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Anyone familiar with Fall River will enjoy this look at its past.The link to Lizzy Borden is fascinating as well.
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I just saw the film Philomena and was troubled once again by that severe Catholic world that I grew up in--where many "celibate" priests felt free to molest small boys while threatening the rest of us with fire and brimstone for having a sexual thought--and where your life was ruined if you were an "unwed mother."

These Memories of a Catholic Boyhood are a different look at that world. It's written by my oldest brother Paul, poking around for the fun he can find in that world--lovingly describing the humor and the joie de vivre of his moving-man Grandpa Sweeney, who make up his own fractured Latin incantations, taking us on his long hikes he took with saintly Uncle Bernard and communing with the birds and the woods (where the writing becomes poetic) . Paul uses the dark shadows in his world, and there are plenty, as a backdrop as he keeps digging for what strikes him as making like worth living and fun.
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In the Memories of a Catholic Boyhood, Paul captures Fall River and his families past with such grace. The stories told bring you to the cold stoic churches of the east coast with the lightness of Pauls many experiences growing up in a large Catholic family. Himself persuing a carrier in the church up untill he was diagnosed with TB. In the hospital he meet and feel in love with sweet Louise who later became his wife and mother to his seven children. I higly recomend this book. The fluid story telling bring threw strenght, and laughter.
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