The Dead Republic

The Dead Republic

Book - 2010
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After being saved from death by none other than Henry Fonda and engaging in a brief but ill-fated collaboration with legendary director John Ford, Irish rebel Henry Smart ends up settling into a quiet life in a village north of Dublin, where he finds work as a caretaker for a boys' school and takes up with a widow O'Kelly (who may be his long-disappeared wife). But a political bombing in Dublin in 1974 puts him in the spotlight, and suddenly the secret of his rebel past is out.
Publisher: Jonathan Cape,� 2010
ISBN: 9780670021772
Branch Call Number: AF DOYL


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Jun 23, 2011

Another reason why I can easily get engrossed in REAL History but just cant get into fiction.

After 3 days and 123 pages I give up!

Having really enjoyed the film the COMMITMENTS I have attempted several of his books but couldnt finish any

As a passing shot the auld bike on the cover is printed back to front.

Dont say you haven't been warned!

debwalker Nov 23, 2010

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Roddy Doyle

I love all his books. I often talk about him and Jane Austen in the same breath. I think people are slightly mystified by that because superficially they're such different writers. But they both have a very unsentimental approach to human nature. They can be profoundly moving without ever becoming mawkish

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Oct 18, 2010

Does not deserve its 'awful' half-star rating. Maybe it's not as good as the first two parts of the trilogy -- A Star Called Henry, and Oh Play That Thing -- but far from awful. The ending is weak, but it kept my interest until then

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