Walking With Ghosts

Walking With Ghosts

A Memoir

Book - 2021 | First edition, First Grove Atlantic edition
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"As a young boy growing up in the outskirts of Dublin, Gabriel Byrne sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home, at the edge of a rapidly encroaching city. Born to working-class parents and the eldest of six children, he harbored a childhood desire to become a priest. When he was eleven years old, Byrne found himself crossing the Irish Sea to join a seminary in England. Four years later, Byrne had been expelled and he quickly returned to his native city. There he took odd jobs as a messenger boy and a factory laborer to get by. In his spare time, he visited the cinema where he could be alone and yet part of a crowd. It was here that he could begin to imagine a life beyond the grey world of sixties Ireland. He reveled in the theater and poetry of Dublin's streets, populated by characters as eccentric and remarkable as any in fiction, those who spin a yarn with acuity and wit. It was a friend who suggested Byrne join an amateur drama group, a decision that would change his life forever and launch him on an extraordinary forty-year career in film and theater. Moving between sensual recollection of childhood in a now almost vanished Ireland and reflections on stardom in Hollywood and Broadway, Byrne also courageously recounts his battle with addiction and the ambivalence of fame. Walking with Ghosts is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking as well as a lyrical homage to the people and landscapes that ultimately shape our destinies"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2021
Edition: First edition, First Grove Atlantic edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780802157126
Branch Call Number: B BYRNE-G 2021
Characteristics: 196 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 07, 2021

Not a true autobiography, but liked his writing and wit.

Feb 27, 2021

Surprisingly well written and engaging, in particular his stories of growing up poor in Dublin.

Jan 28, 2021

Gabriel creates amazing images, drawing you into his life’s story. I’m enriched by his writing. A definite must read.

Jan 27, 2021

I have admired Gabriel Byrne as an actor and believed his face and manner carried a history of pain. Now with this autobiography I know about the important events of his life and found my impressions confirmed. This book is an excellent, self-effacing, honest portrayal of his life with its embarrassments and joys. If you have a chance read the book in audio format as Mr. Byrne reads his story. Marvelous voice and book. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby


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