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The Longfellah's Son: An Almost True Irish Story-logo

The Longfellah's Son: An Almost True Irish Story

Michael Cassidy

This is an Almost True Irish Story. Murphy was a child of the newly emerging 1950’s Irish middle class. He was raised in the environment of a conflicted marriage that never should have happened. While his privileged upbringing seemed idyllic to the outside world, his reality was starkly different. Life at home was always turbulent; he never knew what daily chaos would erupt. His thirteen-year Jesuit education was academically excellent. But it also resulted in a childhood love of God being beaten out of him, while confirming his condemnation to burn forever in hell. Murphy was unsettled by the rigid Irish class system where social status predetermined one’s future, thereby condemning innocent children and adults to the inevitability of an impoverished life. Signs of his destruction from alcohol were evident in his early teens. He became a meteor raging through the lives of those who loved him and many who didn’t. This Irish memoir of an Irish Catholic childhood begins in Limerick, Ireland, and takes us on a personal journey complete with the challenges of Catholic schooling, the confusion of adolescence within a culture that condemned even the thought of anything carnal, the allure of omnipresent alcohol, and the desperate need to escape the misery so bound up in strong family ties that escape was near impossible. Told with forgiveness and humor and compassion for the innocent child who turned rebellious and self-destructive and learned most lessons the hard way, “The Longfellah’s Son by Michael Cassidy is the new Angela's Ashes, only about a better-off Irish son who blows his privileges, in a funny, fast-paced nakedy honest memoir. The writing is superb!” - Adair Lara, National best-selling author of Hold Me Close, Let Me Go and Naked, Drunk, and Writing "Rarely have I come across a more powerful record of the debilitating effect of sustained drunkenness on the physical, mental, and moral health of a human being. In its searing portrait of the dead-eyed, relentless, self-gratification that drives addictive be

This is an Almost True Irish Story. Murphy was a child of the newly emerging 1950’s Irish middle class. He was raised in the environment of a conflicted marriage that never should have happened. While his privileged upbringing seemed idyllic to the outside world, his reality was starkly different. Life at home was always turbulent; he never knew what daily chaos would erupt. His thirteen-year Jesuit education was academically excellent. But it also resulted in a childhood love of God being beaten out of him, while confirming his condemnation to burn forever in hell. Murphy was unsettled by the rigid Irish class system where social status predetermined one’s future, thereby condemning innocent children and adults to the inevitability of an impoverished life. Signs of his destruction from alcohol were evident in his early teens. He became a meteor raging through the lives of those who loved him and many who didn’t. This Irish memoir of an Irish Catholic childhood begins in Limerick, Ireland, and takes us on a personal journey complete with the challenges of Catholic schooling, the confusion of adolescence within a culture that condemned even the thought of anything carnal, the allure of omnipresent alcohol, and the desperate need to escape the misery so bound up in strong family ties that escape was near impossible. Told with forgiveness and humor and compassion for the innocent child who turned rebellious and self-destructive and learned most lessons the hard way, “The Longfellah’s Son by Michael Cassidy is the new Angela's Ashes, only about a better-off Irish son who blows his privileges, in a funny, fast-paced nakedy honest memoir. The writing is superb!” - Adair Lara, National best-selling author of Hold Me Close, Let Me Go and Naked, Drunk, and Writing "Rarely have I come across a more powerful record of the debilitating effect of sustained drunkenness on the physical, mental, and moral health of a human being. In its searing portrait of the dead-eyed, relentless, self-gratification that drives addictive be
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This is an Almost True Irish Story. Murphy was a child of the newly emerging 1950’s Irish middle class. He was raised in the environment of a conflicted marriage that never should have happened. While his privileged upbringing seemed idyllic to the outside world, his reality was starkly different. Life at home was always turbulent; he never knew what daily chaos would erupt. His thirteen-year Jesuit education was academically excellent. But it also resulted in a childhood love of God being beaten out of him, while confirming his condemnation to burn forever in hell. Murphy was unsettled by the rigid Irish class system where social status predetermined one’s future, thereby condemning innocent children and adults to the inevitability of an impoverished life. Signs of his destruction from alcohol were evident in his early teens. He became a meteor raging through the lives of those who loved him and many who didn’t. This Irish memoir of an Irish Catholic childhood begins in Limerick, Ireland, and takes us on a personal journey complete with the challenges of Catholic schooling, the confusion of adolescence within a culture that condemned even the thought of anything carnal, the allure of omnipresent alcohol, and the desperate need to escape the misery so bound up in strong family ties that escape was near impossible. Told with forgiveness and humor and compassion for the innocent child who turned rebellious and self-destructive and learned most lessons the hard way, “The Longfellah’s Son by Michael Cassidy is the new Angela's Ashes, only about a better-off Irish son who blows his privileges, in a funny, fast-paced nakedy honest memoir. The writing is superb!” - Adair Lara, National best-selling author of Hold Me Close, Let Me Go and Naked, Drunk, and Writing "Rarely have I come across a more powerful record of the debilitating effect of sustained drunkenness on the physical, mental, and moral health of a human being. In its searing portrait of the dead-eyed, relentless, self-gratification that drives addictive be

Language:

English

Length:

8h 25m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

35:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

33:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

36:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

19:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

29:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

21:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

33:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

14:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

16:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:37


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:38