McCarthy starts with Brown's incredible acts of heroism, saving people from flames, breathing life into fire victims. Eventually, McCarthy finds a more complicated subtext: Brown's childhood in an alcoholic home, his abuse by priests, his rape at age 13, his traumatic tour of duty as a Marine in Vietnam, his string of lovers. Paddy emerges as a classic hero, one profoundly flawed and driven to acts of bravery by complex motives, including a drive for penance, self-destruction, and the creation of his own legacy.
Ultimately, Captain Brown seeks inner peace and in the course of that quest touches innumerable lives. At his moment of redemption, he climbs the stairs of the North Tower and dies comforting burn victims on an upper floor.
© and (P) Steven McCarthy
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Paddy Brown. From difficult beginnings, and although stumbling along the way it would seem that Paddy Brown's life was one of self discovery and awareness of his place in the world.
Steven McCarthy told a moving story well but without being over sentimental.
Right from the beginning, and punctuated through the story, the listener becomes aware of how valued is the man Paddy Brown through actual messages left by his friends, lovers, neighbours and colleagues on his phone answering machine as they become concerned for his safety.
I thought it was a story well told of a man whose life had such a positive impact on those who knew him.
I like paranormal fantasy, romance historical fiction and some kinds of mystories
Yes. Finding Paddy is a biography that tells the story of the life of F.D.N.Y. Captain Patrick J. Brown(Paddy to his friends.) anyone looking an example of heroism in todays world to tell your kids about or even fallow yourself would be well served to look here I think. No from the sound of it this Gentleman was not perfect but he can be seen as someone who may have made mistakes but learned to pick himself up and try again A good thing to learn for everyone.
for me it was finding out that Capt. Brown had been a Vietnam veteran as well as a Firefighter.
My favorite scenes are the ones in which you find out just how much of a Fireman's Fireman Capt. Brown was willing to be.
The quite Hero
If you are a fan of Rescue Me you really must read this book!
Excellently produced and formatted. You will not be able to stop listening. Be prepared to sit in your car for a while when you arrive at your destination to ensure that finish it!
This true story of the troubled life and heartbreaking death in the World Trade Center of a New York City fireman will stay with you long after you listen to it. Paddy overcame many blows that were dealt by life by becoming the very thing that led to his death- fearless and always there for others. The story is well told through the eyes of Paddy's aquaintances and well read. I recommend this book although you will be left with a sense of incompleteness and futility at the loss of this beloved, troubled and triumphate man.
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