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Longing for Elsewhere

My Irish Voyage Through Hunger, History, and High Times
Narrated by: Renee Gibbons
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
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Born in a Dublin tenement in the middle of the 20th century, this dead-poor, curious Irish girl escaped to Paris when she was 17 with the help of a nun, a Hollywood actor, and a kind stranger. There she was accepted into the emigre community blacklisted in the McCarthy era. She met James Baldwin and Ring Lardner, Jr.; Ruth Gordon gave her a fur coat. Still restless and full of dreams she spent years working her way around the world. On a ship bound for Egypt with her year-old daughter Aisling she fell in love with a radical longshoreman from San Francisco. The memoir Longing for Elsewhere explores the themes entangled in her journey: identity, adventure, creativity, the burdens of history, and the passion for justice.

©2011 Renee Gibbons (P)2014 Renee Gibbons

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  • lou
  • birmingham uk
  • 27-07-18

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Boring long dreary, while this might be interesting to the person themself or people who know her, I find it hard to believe anyone else would be interested in it, also the narrator has a monotonous voice which does nothing to improve an already boring story.

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  • Kenzie Mullen
  • 01-04-15

an amazing book..but more amazing audible version

What did you love best about Longing for Elsewhere?

The heartfelt, hilarious, heartbreaking life the author recounts

What did you like best about this story?

The author's voice, both in the writing and the narration

Any additional comments?

This is the best book I've ever read on growing up in Ireland, traveling the world, facing hard parts of life and a joy in it all

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