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Are You Somebody? - The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman Book Review Summary

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"ARE YOU SOMEBODY?"takes it title from the question women would a Nuala O'Faolain because they vaguely recognized her from seeing her on Irish Public Television.
    It's a question O'Faolain asks herself as she writes her frank memoir full of missed opportunities, failed romances and broken relationships.
    Nuala O'Faolain is a survivor who escapes the single fate slotted for most Irish girs born in the fifties: marriage and babies.
The second of nine children , she had a radio-celebrity father and an alcoholic mother, who pathetically, had tried to become a writer but was defeated by the too many children and an unfaithful husband.
    Only Nuala's love of books and writing enabled her to gain entrance into University and later, escape to London and a career.
    She credits not having children as a major determinant to success in her work. That, and a psychiatrist's observation about her increased drinking;"Can't you see you are duplicating your mother's life?" that shocked her out of a life of dependency.
    OFaolain truimphs as she brings to life her parents'marriage, famous Irish women, and the landscape of Dublin. Her rewards for loneliness lie in the many letters she receives from Irish women who depict their trapped situations. They look to O'Faolain as a one who has liberated herself and who can help them out of desperate circumstances.   
This report prepared by Betty-Jeanne Korson








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Plot & Themes

Romance    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   discovery about a lover    -   boatload of casual sex without love Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting for social change    -   women fighting for rights    -   abortion job/profession:    -   writer Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Irish Gender/Class story?    -   woman's story Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story Family, love    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   father Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   alcohol    -   general search for meaning Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes ethnic of society (outside)    -   Irish Culture Pal/friendship story    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Irish

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog

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