M.H. Groody: Mary Pat Hyland writes from the experience as a gifted writer, a sean-nos singer, a Teacher of Gaeilge, and a talented Traditional Irish Musician.As a ‘comrade in Traditional Irish Music’, who has ‘Survived’ the ‘Revelry’ from the other side of the ‘3/17’ picture ,as an Irish Traditional Musician playing up on stage, I will quote ” It hasn’t been very pretty”.
This is the first review I have ever composed of any written work,and believe me ,my Library is vast.The description of ‘3/17’; the Green Daft Gobshite ‘Craic’ is spot On, no holds-take no prisoners on what in America is ‘3/17’…….A Green Hued Hooley Hell. I recommend this great book to anyone who even ‘TINKS’ of ‘3/17’ as just a normal day in America.
C.C. Ostrander: To anyone who’s ever wondered why on earth “Danny Boy” is the only Irish song ever sung; anyone who has ever wondered what ringletted wigs have to do with “traditional” step-dancing; and anyone who has ever given up wondering what leprechauns, all-you-can-eat buffets of corned beef and cabbage, tanker-trucks filled with green beer and all the other flamboyant displays of “Irishry” Americans put up has to do with St. Patrick himself — THIS IS YOUR BOOK!!!
The story of four traditional musicians from Ireland who get stranded in the backwoods of upstate New York and wind up on a wild Dante’s “Inferno”-type journey through America’s version of St. Patrick’s Day revelry, this book has everything you could ever want — from dance parties to donnybrooks (“fights”), from druid magic to green-clad, shamrock-bobbing mayhem, from romance to zombies. The characters are wonderful, the writing is masterful, and the craic is mighty!
Bookish “Witch” Heather: I absolutely devoured this book. The voice is so entertaining — very Irish, and very real. I loved the smattering of the Irish language throughout, plus of course the hilarity of making fun of the way Americans celebrate St Patrick’s Day. I highly recommend it for a good laugh and a well-written read!
T. Wagaman “The Wags”: I am still laughing over bits that float back at me. This book is clever, but not too cute. The author’s characters are shades of people that are familiar to anyone who believes that St. Patrick’s is more a season than a day. I am looking forward to reading it again.
Merritt: 3/17 would make Dante proud to know his influence on literature extends into the 21st century in the hands of such a gifted writer. He would also probably be a little miffed that Mary Pat Hyland’s version of his Inferno is a lot more fun to read!
annecollie48: I have just finished reading Mary Pat Hyland’s new book, 3/17, and am once again already missing her characters! Hyland has another winner to add to her collection…3/17 is a humorously brilliant tale of the trials and tribulations of a traditional band from Ireland trapped in pre-St. Patrick’s Day festivities in upstate NY. A parody of Dante’s inferno, this clever book leads readers through the 9 circles of St. Patrick’s Day hell in America. For anyone who has witnessed some of the scenes described in the book, you will understand the utter terror of the band! As usual, Hyland’s mastery of believable conversations and endearing characters make it very hard to put the book down. You will laugh, you will wince, and you will be unable to wait to hear what happens next…all the makings of a GREAT book!
You do not have to be Irish to love this book…St. Patrick’s Day revelry is a part of all of us. Grab a corned beef sandwich & a pint & sit back for a wild ride…3/17 will get your toes tapping and your shamrock bobbers bobbing!!!
TByrd: Not being familiar with Irish jargon, 3/17 was so easy to understand. This book and the characters had me laughing out loud. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and although I don’t like to read a book more then once I would read this one again. Mary Pat Hyland is an extremely talented author.
Big Al: Murphy was Irish. It seems fitting that his law would apply so well to the characters of “3/17.” In what is described as a “loose parody of Dante’s Inferno,” Irish Trad Band Slí na Fírinne (which means “path of truth”) go on their first American tour in upstate New York. Before reaching their first gig they slide off the road in a snowstorm – an accident that might have been prevented if they had paid attention to their seemingly possessed GPS. From there, it only gets worse.
What follows is a nightmare that gets progressively worse. Missed gigs, cultural clashes – especially with those who think they understand Irish culture, and plenty of gigs from hell (none of which were those originally booked). Although almost anyone capable of laughing at Murphy gone amok should enjoy “3/17,” it should especially ring true for musicians, or anyone who has observed artistic types trying to put food on the table.
**Originally written for “Books and Pals” book blog.**