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After the Lockout

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
An ambitious and compelling first novel about a key moment in Irish history. November 1917. With tensions in Ireland, war in Europe and revolution in Russia, Victor Lennon returns to his home village after a long exile. Radicalized by his experiences in the Dublin Lockout and Easter Rising, Victor is a hero to many but a danger to some. Those closest to Victor know his ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Fourth Estate (first published January 1st 2012)
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Leah
Apr 14, 2013 Leah rated it it was amazing
Heart and soul…

This very fine novel is so well written and accomplished that it’s hard to believe that it is the author’s first.

Victor Lennon, hero of the failed Easter Uprising of 1916, returns to his home town in Armagh to look after his drunken father at the behest of Stanislaus, the local priest. Through the microcosm of this small town, we are shown the various tensions existing in Irish society at this period – the iron rule of the Catholic church, those who desire independence from the
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Yvann S
Jan 14, 2012 Yvann S rated it liked it
"Being right is cold comfort when the whole world is wrong"



In November 1917, Victor Lennon receives the summons he’s been avoiding for ten years. While he’s been fighting for a communist republic in the Dublin Lockout and Easter Rising, his father has been drinking the family wealth. The dogmatic local bishop Benedict sends for the young man, bringing hardened and cynical politics into a thus-far tranquil village and ends up with much more of a revolutionary than he can handle. Victor helps his
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Fiona
Feb 08, 2013 Fiona marked it as the-book-club
An ambitious and compelling first novel about a key moment in Irish history. November 1917. With tensions in Ireland, war in Europe and revolution in Russia, Victor Lennon returns to his home village after a long exile. Radicalized by his experiences in the Dublin Lockout and Easter Rising, Victor is a hero to many but a danger to some. Those closest to Victor know his true nature: his father, Pius, now drinking himself to death; his oldest friend, Charlie, wounded in the trenches; and the love ...more
Gerald Sinstadt
Dec 22, 2011 Gerald Sinstadt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-general
Hard to credit that this is a first novel, so confidently does Darran McCann pace his narrative, so vivid are the characters and the locale.

The time is 1917, the place a small Irish community to which Victor Lennon is returning, ostensibly to salvage his alcoholic father. Victor has fought with the Dublin rebels in the Easter Rising. Already a hero to the villagers because of those exploits, he cements his position by arriving in time to star in a Gaelic football final. So far, so straightforwar
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Mary Lou
Aug 10, 2012 Mary Lou rated it really liked it
Shelves: irish
This is a great debut novel. The characters are big and bold. It is tempting to skim some of the niaive socialist rhetoric but Victor starts to see for himself that life is no so simple as this as he proceeds.

There's everything here. Hats off.
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