|Plot Summary of Are You Somebody? - The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman|
|""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. "
Betty-Jeanne Korson, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Are You Somebody? - The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman|
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Kind of romance:
- discovery about a lover
- boatload of casual sex without love
Political/social rights fight
- fighting for social change
- women fighting for rights
Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)
- woman's story
Kind of living:
- general poverty story
Special relationship with
Phys disability/mental struggle?
- general search for meaning
ethnic of society (outside)
- Irish Culture
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 9 ()
- mostly 1st
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
Commentary on society?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very unfavorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 51-75% of book
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