A Pint of Plain: Tradition, Change and the Fate of the Irish Pub

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2009 - Bars (Drinking establishments) - 256 pages
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A Pint of Plainis a quest to chronicle the state of the Irish pub today, and thereby to examine Irish culture at a time of great change. When the American writer Bill Barich moved to Dublin, he began searching for a traditional pub to serve as his local. Although he had no shortage of choices, he had trouble finding one that measured up to the archetypal ideal portrayed in Ireland's literature and such iconic movies as The Quiet Man. That suggested something deeper was at play - a shift in the country's values and identity. As Barich roamed from hectic urban pubs to their dwindling rural counterparts, he met an array of extraordinary characters whose lives are bound up in the trade. He blends the history of Guinness into his account, and also explores the impact of the firms that export 'authentic' Irish pubs around the world. A Pint of Plainwill be irresistible to anyone who has been touched by Ireland and cares about its future.

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Review: A Pint of Plain: How the Irish Pub Lost Its Magic but Conquered the World

User Review  - Emma - Goodreads

Summary: The story starts out with Bill Barich living in Dublin, Ireland with his wife. Bill is looking for an authentic anf successful pub to be his regular, everyday pub. He started his search in ... Read full review

Review: A Pint of Plain: How the Irish Pub Lost Its Magic but Conquered the World

User Review  - Marc - Goodreads

This book has the literary and cultural heft of a pint of Miller Lite; that being said, it is understandable that a more honest exploration of pubs in Irish culture would have cut too close to edge of the myths that Barich knows his readers want left intact Read full review

About the author (2009)

Bill Barich has written for The New Yorkerand other publications for many years. He is the author of the classic Laughing in the Hills, as well as Crazy for Rivers, Carson Valley, and most recently A Fine Place to Daydream: Racehorses, Romance, and the Irish. He lives in Dublin.

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