The Irish Century concludes in this climactic novel; Llywelyns masterpiece is complete nbsp; The Irish Century series is the story of the Irish peoples epic struggle for independence through the tumultuous course of the twentieth century. Morgan Llywelyns magisterial multi-novel chronicle of that story began with1916, which was followed by1921,1949, and1972. It now concludes with1999: A Novel of the Celtic Tiger and the Search for Peace.1999brings the story from1972to the disarmament talks and beginnings of reconciliation among the Irish at the end of the twentieth century. nbsp; Barry Halloran, strong, clever, and passionately patriotic, who was the central character of1972, remains central. Now a crippled photojournalist, he marries his beloved Barbara Kavanaugh, and steps back from the armed struggle. Through his work he documents the historic events that take us from the horrific aftermath of Bloody Sunday through the decades of The Troubles to the present. This is a noble conclusion to an historical mega-novel that will be read for years. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
In Llywelyn's fifth and final installment in the Irish Century series, she offers a fastidious take on "The Troubles," weaving facts and historical figures with the fictitious lives of a former IRA soldier, his American-born wife and his resolute republican mother. Photojournalist Barry Halloran, formerly an IRA "Volunteer," races from the aftermath of Bloody Sunday to Dublin, where he seeks the guidance of his training officer, Seamus McCoy. Concerned that the sickly Seamus wants to return to active service, Barry spontaneously proposes to his mercurial lover, Barbara, in order to detain Seamus as his best man for his wedding. After the wedding, Barbara turns into something of a shrew and Barry's career begins to take off-providing a convenient device to document the escalating conflict. Not even Seamus's imprisonment or the crippling of Barry's mother by a car bomb deters him from faithfully capturing "The Troubles" on film. Though Llywelyn is meticulous in cataloguing the wartime atrocities committed by both sides, the narrative lacks a driving force and loses steam in covering the myriad skirmishes and failed peace talks. Readers familiar with the previous volumes will enjoy this the most; the uninitiated may have trouble. (Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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February 04, 2008
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