- Tapa dura: 243 páginas
- Editor: Gill & Co (12 de octubre de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0717154092
- ISBN-13: 978-0717154098
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Just Mary (Inglés) Tapa dura – 12 oct 2012
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'This memoir is a fairly honest self portrait of the Mary O Rourke whom we have all come to love and hate.' --Geraldine Kennedy The Irish Times Weekend Review 20 October 2012
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After that day of the count in Kenagh, I decided that I was going to write a book about my life. Not a high and mighty book how could it be? but an ordinary book, detailing my life in and out of politics over the years: one which would aim to shed some light on the key events of a long career in public life. Mary O Rourke has been one of the most successful and influential women in Irish public life in a generation. In this memoir she writes, with remarkable candidness and humour, of personal and political events; of the many senior political figures with whom she worked, including Charles Haughey and Bertie Ahern; of her life with her beloved husband Enda; of her two dear Brians, both of whom died before their time; of her successes and disappointments. She does all this with honesty, energy and an absence of self-pity or self-justification. The book is like the woman herself: open, warm and frank.Ver Descripción del producto
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Much better that this was written by a third party. Still, her descriptions of her family, her love for her husband, children and her nephew Brian and heart-warming and deeply moving. O'Rourke was never regarded as an intellectual and she would have laughed-off such a description. Nevertheless, she was an extremely competent, intelligent and capable politician....and seemingly, a lovely lady.
The book immediately improves when she becomes Minister and the legislation she sponsored is well presented. She is at her witty best when she describes the Taosigh of the period and yet is very fair to Haughey, Reynolds, Ahern and Cowen. There is a hilarious section where she is summonsed in by Albert Reynolds to be fired and he is trying to eat a hastily prepared sandwich at the same time. Similarly when she faces down Bertie Ahern with his 'limpid eyes,' as she describes how he tried to break a promise to support her for the Senate is superbly written. She is well able to poke fun at herself and the reader will feel for her as she describes the loss of those near and dear to her. I wish the early part of the book was better.
She has begun to believe her own myth.