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From Ireland with Love: Stories of an American Living in Ireland [Paperback]

Wayne King Livingston

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Book Description

Sept. 1 2004
Teasers for; From Ireland With Love 150 words 1. A story of Ireland but with American characters inserted into the plot. They play the roles of observers while trying to make a life there as they imagined they might have enjoyed if they were simply one of the natives. However, the Irish cannot forget their Americanism and it imparts a twist to the world the Americans have endeavored to live in. All things considered, it works well enough. After Jim and Pat Larson find a rental home, they have the opportunity after a few years to buy it and their piece of Ireland. The fun is finding an architect who redesigns the old house to some modernity that will suit a more contemporary life while living on the colorful and spectacular coast of Western Ireland. It is a spot known for high winds, rugged weather and exotic beauty due to the hypnotic changes of light from the sun and rain. 100 words 2. Irish-Americans for years have dreamt idly of a desire to return to the land of their roots. Has Ireland changed? Do the Irish there really envy those who came to America during the great famine? Has American defense strategy driven away a once loving country who now wishes for peace at any cost? When 9/11 happened, what happened in Europe that separated America from their once proud heritages? This book explores some of the feelings in Ireland today for their neighbors England, Germany and the other European Countries. Last but not least, what about America? 100 words 3. An American couple retires to the west coast of Ireland and finds the true meaning of 'Irishness'. Some of the tales are funny and some are thought-provoking. They go into the detail of renting, buying and renovating an Irish house and dealing with the legal, financial and personal aspects of each, particularly the attitude of the Irish toward 'blow-ins'. 'From Ireland With Love' is an answer to all who read 'A Sojourn With Ireland' and asked, 'Why did they leave such a beautiful place?' The stories in 'From Ireland' go into some of those problems that were encountered with finances, politics and ethnicity. 70 words 4. Americans dream of 'going home', an inherent feeling that many have and have cherished in their efforts to build a life for themselves and their children in a free land. It becomes difficult when they finally return 'home' and find resentment to their presumed overbearing attitude toward those who stayed behind. This story explores some of that simmering problem and may or may not have answers - but it does exist!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Authorhouse (Sept. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418486094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418486099
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cultural Tribute to Ireland March 9 2011
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Another great novel by Wayne King Livingston. His tales of Ireland, the love of the land and the many lifelong friends he and his wife Pat made while living there. His story describes the upside and downside of living and working in Ireland as an outsider. The term Blow-in is used to describe an immigrant or resident who is no longer a native to Ireland. This generations old resentment reveals an ugly secret held by the native Irish for the descendants of families who moved from Ireland hundreds of years earlier for a better life.

The author's descriptive and sometimes witty look at the land, its people and even the game of golf brings you deep into the culture of this truly amazing country. Each paragraph, each page and each chapter is a tribute for the love of Ireland. I loved this book and highly recommend this to anyone considering a visit or move to Ireland.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't punish yourself Feb. 21 2013
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm sure the author has had a great experience in Ireland. However, that does not come across in this book, or at least I don't think it does. I could not get past the fourth page. The writing was so horrible that I had to stop and return the book. And I love all books about Ireland. Even Amazon knows how bad this book is. When I came online to print a return label, Amazon told me to keep the book and they would refund my money. So even having a free copy I can't even get anyone else to read the book. Simply put, stay away.

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