“People everywhere brag and whimper about the woes of their early childhood, but nothing can compare with the Irish version”(11).
| This is how he starts out the book and it is in a way introducing you to one of the worst childhoods that you can have. It also shows you that you can go beyond your childhood and become something or do something with your life. I think it is kind of weird that one of the worst childhood to have is Irish because that would not have been the first one on my list.
| “The rain drove us into the church-our refuge, our strength, our only dry place”(12).
| Although this is physically what happened to his family, I think that it is also saying that God helped them in their time of need. In the bible it talks about God being your refuge and strength in trouble, and I think that God gave his mother and their family hope to keep going and hope for a brighter future.
| “The MacNamara sisters said Angela was nothing but a rabbit and they wanted nothing to do with her till she came to her senses. Their husbands agreed”(19).
| I like how the sisters compare Angela to a rabbit because a rabbit is always going different directions and never focusing on one thing. Ina sense, she kind of is like a rabbit because she did not marry someone that was very reliable and messed herself up by doing so. Also, I like how the husbands never have any opinion but their wives opinion.
| “Mam says that were all driving her crazy”(31).
| His poor mother had to do so much for her family. She not only had to look over five children, but also had to housekeep. On top of that, because she did not marry a reliable husband, she had to find food from any place to keep her children from not starving. Then, she had all of these children that wanted attention and she just needed a break.
| “‘Thank you, sir.’ ‘Jeez. Polite kid, eh? Where ja loin dat?’ ‘My father tald me to say thanks, sir.’ ‘Your father? Oh, well’”(33).
| I like how this author always does the accents from each person. When there is an Irish man speaking, he writes the accent of someone Irish. In this case, the man is Italian, and the words are pronounced just like an Italian. Also, I like how the man does not expect the Irish kid to have manners because of his heritage.
“My mother and Aunt Aggie cried, Grandma looked angry, Dad, Uncle Pa, and uncle Pat Sheehan looked sad but did not cry and I thought that if you’re a man you can cry only when you have the black stuff called a pint”(76).
| Already, as a young kid, Francis is getting into his mind that you are only aloud to cry if you are drunk. From a young age, children soak up everything they see and hear like a sponge and it is the adults responsibility to make sure their innocence is not taken away from them at a young age.
| “We move to Roden Lane on top of a place called Barrack Hill. There are six houses on one side of the lane, one on the opposite side. The houses are called two up, two down, two rooms on top, two on the bottom. Our house is at the end of the lane, the last of six. Next to our door is a small shed, a lavatory, and next to that a stable”(91).
| I love how he describes the houses down the lane that he is living in. As a seven year old, he is very descriptive and notices a lot.
| “What’s the use of getting married when you can sit in cinemas and do dirty things with girls from lanes who don’t care what they do because they already did it with their brothers”(117).
| This is one of the mentalities that comes from the culture. The little boys growing up see how their fathers neglect their families and so they decide that they would rather not get married and just do their own thing. Also, the girls have no sense of modesty because their brothers defile them and they grow up thinking that that is all they are good for.
| “In every lane there’s always someone not talking to someone or everyone not talking to someone or someone not talking to...
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