By J A O'Brien

Set in Dublin in the course of the years of the second one global conflict and in England throughout the postwar years of the Fifties and Sixties opposed to the Wind is a full of life and compelling memoir.

It is the tale of a tender guy of self sufficient brain and feisty spirit who refuses to just accept the restrictions and strictures of a closed Irish society. And who via monetary necessity, at a truly younger age, is compelled to dwell and paintings in 'pagan' England the land of 'the enemy'.

There he learns to 'like the English' and learns of 'freedoms that he knew little or no approximately' in 'holy Ireland'.

A wealth of various and informative fabric and the power to anchor the private securely in the public area provides this memoir a common appeal.

The narrative has all of the elements for a compelling learn - vibrant and sundry characters introduced alive at the web page, compelling environment and ancient relevance and curiosity. The prologue whets our urge for food for what's to return and the aggregate of recollection, poetry and ancient info drawstrings the narrative jointly well.

Astute commentary and personality portrayal are the strengths of the paintings, as is the available tone of the narrative voice within which the writer employs a mild contact that has simply the correct quantity of wit and sobriety.

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