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London Irish FictionsNarrative, Diaspora and Identity$
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Tony Murray

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318313

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317897

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Elastic Paddies

Elastic Paddies

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(p.172) 11 Elastic Paddies
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London Irish Fictions
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317897.014

This chapter compares a memoir and an autobiographical novel. While their authors have differing class backgrounds (the former middle class, the latter working class), these texts depict very similar experiences of second-generation Irish upbringing in London in the late 1950. John Walsh's memoir The Falling Angels: An Irish Romance (1999) and Gretta Mulrooney's novel Araby (1998) are both written in the first person from the perspective of a middle-aged man attending to his dying mother in Ireland. The focus on the relationship between the subject/protagonist and his mother is stronger than in the accounts from the previous chapter, and chimes with the theme of return and the maternal tropes of Irishness discussed earlier in the book.

Keywords:   memoir, autobiography, John Walsh, Gretta Mulrooney, second-generation Irish, mother, Irishness

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