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Ireland Reading Challenge from Books and More

Ireland Reading Challenge from Books and More

Here is a fun challenge from Carrie at “Books and Movies”. It is a challenge for reading Irish Literature, which started in January and runs through December 2013. Carrie has provided a list of the Irish Books that have been reviewed which should be a great start for anyone interested in the challenge. Let me know if you are joining the challenge and what you are reading! Also feel free to¬†let us know about any that are not on the list or to post a review here if you like! Always looking for some good Irish books! Like this:Like...

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Author Roddy Doyle

Author Roddy Doyle

Anyone who is really captivated with Irish¬†literature will have read some of Roddy Doyle’s works if not all of them. His first series,The Barrytown Trilogy have all been made into full length films. They are all focused around a working class family in Dublin. I have had the pleasure of just finishing the Henry Smart trilogy formally know as “The Last Roundup”. They are fantastic books of historical fiction set around the main character Henry Smart Jr. Each book tells the story of a specific period in Henry Smart’s life as it intersects with the historical events of Ireland. From the Easter Rebellion of 1916 as a freedom fighter, through the guerrilla warfare that helped form the Republic of Ireland. In the second book Oh Play that Thing, Smart finds himself in America and falls right back into survival mode as many Irish Immigrants found themselves in New York City. He clashes with mobsters, ends up in Chicago, manages a young Louie Armstrong and again finds himself caught up in violence and power struggles. The final book Dead Republic, Henry is drawn back to Ireland by director John Ford to make a film of his life story. When the film turns into a more sentimental portrayal of Ireland, Smart and Ford part ways. For some time Henry lives a quite life in suburban Dublin working as caretaker in a boys school. But after a bomb blast in Dublin, Smart is again thrust into the world of the IRA and finally the peace process in Northern Ireland. Mr. Doyle’s characters deal with the less than charming aspects of Ireland and Irish society without all the usual romantic stereotypes. His use of humor, his ability to wrap historical events and figures around the characters of his stories makes this trilogy brilliant and believable . They are not easy reads but each one is original. The Last Round Up Trilogy is thought provoking and nothing short of a masterpiece! Roddy Doyle’s latest work is Two Pints a collection of short stories. Here’s a look at what the author has to say about Two Pints. To see all of Doyle’s works, and what else this prolific writer is up to check out his personal website. http://www.roddydoyle.ie/ Like this:Like...

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