The Dead Republic

The Dead Republic

eBook - 2010
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Henry Smart returns to Ireland for the first time since his escape in 1922. He is in Dublin, working in Barrytown as a school janitor. When Henry is caught in a bomb blast, his wooden leg gets left behind in the debris. He wakes in hospital to find himself a hero: the old IRA veteran who's lost his leg to a UVF bomb. It doesn't take long before the Provos come calling. They need men like Henry. They wheel him out at funerals and rallies, a heroic veteran of 1916. Henry is to find he will have other uses too, when the peace process begins in deadly secrecy.
Publisher: Toronto :, Knopf Canada,, 2010
ISBN: 9780307398994
Characteristics: 1 online resource (329 pages)

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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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