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This piece on the rise of Irish chicklit - from the Toronto Star amazed me. Apparently, the very existence of modern Ireland is worthy of comment. I was especially flabberghasted at this bit:

What is remarkable about the novels of Keyes and Ahern is how completely the old Ireland, the impoverished Ireland of saints and martyrs and sinners and drunks, is absent from them.

Their stories, which never mention religion, could be set in any affluent western city.


Wow! It really is remarkable that the Irish aren't backward religious maniacs! Bloody hell.

And:
Colm Toibin's books have revealed that Ireland has a gay scene as well.

Well I never! Thanks for "revealing" that, Colm!

Now, I'm off to get drunk, get in a fist fight, and say ten decades of the rosary.

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blue_monday
Mar. 22nd, 2004 05:24 am (UTC)
Now, I'm off to get drunk, get in a fist fight, and say ten decades of the rosary.
Bwah! Is that before or after you dye your hair red?

Honestly, I can't believe some of the things people imagine to be true about the UK and Ireland.
starfishchick
Mar. 22nd, 2004 07:00 am (UTC)
Honestly, I can't believe some of the things people imagine to be true about the UK and Ireland.

I could say the same about the things some people believe to be true of Canada.

:)
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fromaway
Mar. 22nd, 2004 06:08 am (UTC)
I apologize on behalf of my city.

This quote from Ms. Ahern cracked me up:

"I didn't want to be the naïve 21-year-old getting grief wrong so I tried to imagine what it would be like to lose someone I loved."

Oh. Well, that changes everything. Huh?
fromaway
Mar. 22nd, 2004 06:11 am (UTC)
I should add, on a tangent, that the whole "broken by society" thing is a CanLit stereotype as well (well, sometimes it's "broken by the wilderness," but). Only in our case, it's true. We have scenester novels, but they usually aren't very good. If you're Canadian and you want to write a shopping novel you leave and become an American.
audrawilliams
Mar. 22nd, 2004 06:58 am (UTC)
Heh. Did you read Kicking Tomorrow? Yiiikes.
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starfishchick
Mar. 22nd, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
I'm not so sure it's our city so much as this one writer/journalist person.

Sigh.
fromaway
Mar. 22nd, 2004 08:42 am (UTC)
True. We do have some assclown journalists.
glitzfrau
Mar. 22nd, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
Why, yes, Dublin is indeed the most libertine place in Europe! Paris, Berlin and Moscow have nothing on our decadence! We just manage to hide it.... very well. Good lord.

Oh well. At least the article makes Celia look like a nob.
cangetmad
Mar. 22nd, 2004 06:16 am (UTC)
Oh well. At least the article makes Celia look like a nob.

She does, doesn't she? In that respect, it's rather well written. In other respects: clearly, as a non-Canadian, I'm startled that there was no mention of moose or lumberjack shirts.
fromaway
Mar. 22nd, 2004 06:19 am (UTC)
Or that Celia stayed in a hotel, and not, you know, an igloo.
glitzfrau
Mar. 22nd, 2004 06:20 am (UTC)
God, that was a Freudian slip. I mean, of course, Cecelia, not Celia Larkin, about whom I have few opinions.

Moose, lumberjack shirts, and small Toronto girls who were hideously bullied in childhood, yet rose above it all to become feisty females appealing to the middle-brow reader!
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stellanova
Mar. 22nd, 2004 06:24 am (UTC)
Well, if by "libertine" they mean "full of skanky young drunks in very little clothes who make the city centre a living hell every weekend", then maybe....
glitzfrau
Mar. 22nd, 2004 06:33 am (UTC)
Sigh. Alas, I don't know about you, but for me, "libertine" has a certain air of class and style about it. And not the kind of air lent by clothes from Extrovert and puking up your chips on the 48N, not to mention tearing up and down the canal outside my bedroom in a robbed crashed Micra.

Random, random memory: do you remember that, before Nude, there was a very odd cafe called Mr. Pussy's? I think it at least aspired to libertinage...
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blue_monday
Mar. 22nd, 2004 08:25 am (UTC)
Well, if by "libertine" they mean "full of skanky young drunks in very little clothes who make the city centre a living hell every weekend", then maybe....

That applies, like, everywhere surely. Except, round here, they're often likely to hang around outside chippies and demand bottles of buckfast when anyone goes in.
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