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Lyrical, thoughtful, funnyWho doesn t love the Irish But there is so muchin Tom Lynch s book of essays than Irish and Irish poets A searing indictment of rationalizations about Catholic Church scandals, a wondrous sidestep into Taos, New Mexico, of all places the burial of a beloved priest And many mugs or glasses or steins of beer and ail and stout Besides being a fine poet , Lynch is a touching essayist And not to be left out a mortician and proud of it Lovely set of essays that might variously be described as memoir, social commentary, and history Feels a bit rushed at the end when Lynch is mightily striving to create a literary trajectory that rolls himself into the grand Irish literary tradition A bit too much name dropping there, but the sections dealing with his own rural Clare relatives are loving and clear eyed. [Free Kindle] ☹ Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans ♴ In Thirty Five Years And Dozens Of Return Trips To Ireland, Thomas Lynch Has Found A Template For The Larger World Inside The Small One, The Planet In The Local Parish Part Memoir, Part Cultural Study, Booking Passage Is A Brilliant, Often Comedic Guidebook For Those Fellow Travelers, Fellow Pilgrims Making Their Way Through The Complexities Of Their Own Lives And Times Another bookclub joint.I m still not sure what to make of it.Bits were incredibly well observed particularly around the church , but I struggled with a lot of it Less the lack of cohesiveness I took the book as a love letter to Ireland, ancestry, poetry ,the author s overplayed pseudo Irish voice.That said 1 Still got a good conversation going at bookclub I still love the hive mind effect of getting people together.2 I liked his point about singing along until you find your own voice. Absolutely fabulous essays on the human condition from the perspective of an Irish American writer who deals with death in families as a vocation. You don t have to be Irish, or even American to enjoy this collection of essays, just human I love Tom Lynch s voice, and his stories of how he came to be a part time resident of Moveen, County Clare, even as he continues his life as a mid western funeral director and writer. Thomas Lynch is a poet and mortician from Milford, Michigan As his surname might tip you off, he is also Irish American His ties to County Clare are strong and he has returned time and again to visit and sometimes to reside in his ancestral homeland This book is a series of essays thematically linked by their connection to Ireland Sometimes the connection is autobiographical, and Lynch spends a good bit of the book introducing the reader to his aunt Nora sometimes the connection is literary, and Lynch drops quite a few names of poets and writers whose acquaintance he has made and by whom he has been inspired At times sentimental, most of the themes dealt with in these pages will be familiar to those fond of things Hibernian, and the book was most interesting when the author related little bits of himself that shine through in the form of jokes, favorite poems, and anecdotes his meeting the actor Ralph Fiennes is particularly amusing For those looking for an introduction to all things Irish, this is not a bad primer, though there are stronger ones. The author also wrote The Undertaking which is a favorite of mine This one tells further stories from the author s life and of his Irish relations Likable enough, and with a wonderful turn of phrase, the books somehow lacked a focus or coherence It was written just after 9 11 which the author indicated had influenced the book to be muchserious and showsconflict instead of the happy, come to Ireland America originally envisioned I liked it, but some paragraphs went on and on the essays moved slowly. I have an autographed copy of this and think I am the cat s meow because of it. I liked this book that is not sure what it wants to be essay, memoir, travel, immigrant, culture It has a bit of all these in it but for me it falls easiest into the category of essay While some of these essays have a unifying them, some sort of wander But I did not find the wandering off putting at all I enjoyed finding out where Lynch s thoughts would next go This book starts with a piece labeled Prologue and titled Fit Start and it begins on page xv But it is really the first essay Then on page xxi is a piece labeled Introduction and called The Ethnography of Everyday Life This essay sets the tone for book In it we learn what the author wanted this book to be and how 9 11 changed that The book I first imagined something chatty and jaunty like a good night s talk Something that would find its market among even a fraction of the forty some million Americans alive today who trace their place back to the thirty two thousand square mile island in the sea at the westernmost point of Europe was no longer possible Just as our sense of safety here, protected by oceans and the globes largest arsenal of weapons and resources, was forever shaken, irreparably damaged by the horrors of that day, so too was the sense that ethnicity is always and only quaint and benign Lost too was the luxury of isolation and purposeful ignorance of the larger world of woes, a taste for which I d acquired in my protected suburban youth and overindulged throughout my adulthood fattening, as Americans especially do, on our certainty that it will all be taken care of by whoever s in charge page xxxiv And the tug between what the author originally wanted and how 9 11 changed that appears throughout the book And that is not a bad thing My favorite essay in the book Great Hatred, Little Room best reflects, I think, how the author was affected by 9 11 The genesis of the essay is the author finding himself stuck in Chicago as a result of a storm that diverted his flight home to Detroit to Chicago He writes of this desire to get home, his envy of those who have already secured a rebooking, and his interaction with a fellow traveler also waiting Into that experience, perhaps triggered by the never quiet news programs on the TVs in the airport, he weaves his thinking about the post 9 11 experience One theme is how and why religious beliefs are used to justify beastly acts This leads to a discussion of otherness, or h ow we separate ourselves from other human kinds Lynch notes that Religion is just one of the several easy ways for the blessed and elect to remain just that The haves and the have nots around the world maintain their status as victimizer and aggrieved on the narrowest of grounds of difference Race, religion, tribe, caste, class, club, color, gender, sexual preference, denomination, sect, geography, and politics everything we are separates us from everyone else p 195 Lynch is an author and a poet whose livelihood is as a mortician He s a baby boomer with adult children, divorced and remarried, who lives in a suburb of Detroit Michigan He also inherited the family homestead in Moveen, County Clare, Ireland His great grandfather left Moveen for America during the famine years and never returned Lynch, however, returned in 1970 and developed a deep relationship with the remaining children of his great grandfather s brother Nora and Tommy were then in their seventies and the author in his 20 s The relationship that develops is woven through the essays in this book.I see that my review, like the book, wanders from thought to thought There is muchin this book, but this review is already longer than it needs to be Just get a copy and wade in and see what strikes you No need to rush through it Take some time and reflect along with the author.