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One Day in My Life

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Bobby Sands was twenty-seven years old when he died. He spent almost nine years of his life in prison because of his Irish republican activities. He died, in prison, on 5 May 1981, on the sixty-sixth day of his hunger strike at Long Kesh, outside Belfast. This book documents a day in the life of Bobby Sands. It is a tale of human bravery, endurance and courage against a ba ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Mercier Press
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Carla Devries
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A. Mary Murphy
The book isn't remarkably artful. That's not its purpose. The daily routine in Long Kesh was brutal, and we know now that horrible things were done to prisoners and civilians during the Troubles. For a very long time, many people couldn't believe that such things could be true of British authorities. The density of hardship in Sands' Day is grueling, and the structure of his narrative is solid. We understand that this day is every day. The book is an excellent companion to Steve McQueen's movie ...more
Frank
Ore 13:30 sala mensa: uno dei luoghi in assoluto meno adatti alla lettura.

Sedie che si spostano, colpi sul pavimento, odori che distraggono, parole che coinvolgono, forchette che tintinnano; un rumore continuo che non lascia pace.

Eppure basta leggere le prime poche righe del racconto in prima persona di Bobby Sands per avere una sensazione strana.

E’ come se una mano invisibile avesse girato una manopola e abbassato il volume della stanza.

Il silenzio dell’allodola è un film italiano del 2005 che
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deLille
Very gritty account of just one day in the Long Kesh Prison. As I was reading this book I found myself shocked by how barbaric the prison wardens were, recalling images that seemed more befitting of a Nazi concentration camp than a British-run prison. Ironically, Bobby Sands had the same thought, as he expressed towards the end of the book: “It reminded me of a clip of film I once saw, when I was young, of a Nazi concentration camp in winter and I remember, although young, feeling shocked but al ...more
Methos
Tiocfaidh àr là

degli inglesi, storicamente parlando, ho sempre avuto una bassissima opinione...ma così in basso non credevo potessero scendere. Il diario di Bobby occupa in piccola parte questo libro che spiega in modo schematico, ma molto accurato e interessante, le date e gli eventi che hanno scandito la lotta per l'indipendenza irlandese degli anni 70-80. Devo dire che oltre al profondo ribrezzo verso il governo inglese, questo libro mi ha fatto riflettere su ciò che spesso diamo per scontata
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Margherita Dolcevita
Una testimonianza cruda e terribile. Pazzesco che tutto questo sia avvenuto 30 anni fa, certe descrizioni sembravano prese da periodi storici molto antecedenti che sembrano ormai dimenticati. Al di là di chi ha ragione o torto, Bobby descrive benissimo l'inumanità della sua condizione di prigioniero, impossibile rimanere impassibili.
Bravissima anche la curatrice, Silvia Calamati, ha fatto un bellissimo lavoro.
Elisabetta
Questo libro può suscitare una gamma di emozioni che va dalla rabbia, al senso di impotenza al sentimento di fratellanza verso un popolo oppresso.
Bobby, esponente dell’IRA, viene arrestato nel 1976 e condannato a 14 anni di carcere nonostante non ci siano prove. Trascorre gli ultimi anni della sua vita nel blocco H del carcere di Long Kesh e in questo diario, redatto su carta igienica con un refil, descrive le raccapriccianti pratiche a cui è sottoposto in quanto prigioniero irlandese: perquisiz
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Gregory
Finished reading this a few weeks ago, extremely topical in the midst of thousands of prisoners who just came off hunger strike in Palestine and in the era of thousands of prisoners in the belly of the beast of U.S. imperialism who have been on hunger strike periodically over the last year or so. I must mention and honor Christian Gomez, a prisoner in California who died while on hunger strike in California in February. Of course there are significant differences between the national liberation ...more
Jenny
Apr 13, 2008 Jenny rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in Northern Ireland
This collection of journal entries written by Bobby Sands during his time in Long Kesh prison (Belfast) while on the Hunger Strikes and the Dirty Protest in Northern Ireland in the early 1980's is excellent. Sands managed to smuggle these personal accounts (written on toilet paper) of prison life to the outside world via friends and family that would visit him. This is an excellent account of prison life for IRA men during the height of the Troubles. --- For those that know of the great Irish fo ...more
Jennifer
Jan 27, 2009 Jennifer is currently reading it
After seeing the film "Hunger" I've taken an interest in Irish history and currently have a stack of books sitting at home that I am slowly coming to accept I will not get around to reading just yet! I have been struggling with my uncertainty that this book is what it claims to be. I find it difficult to accept that he was able to write this from prison and in the particular tone that it has. Apart from this I'm finding it a really involving read and would like to get my hands on the biography b ...more
Elizabeth
WARNING. . . VERY graphic. . . but horrifically truthful. . .

Just reread this to compare it to Brendon Behan's Borstal Boy. . .I can't get over what he went through even though I have read this book 4 times. . . every time I read I am just amazed . . .
Pollopicu
Quick read.
It's the sad story (diary) of Bobby Sands and his suffering in a Belfast prison while on a hunger strike. He died on the 66th day.
Nick
Got some writing issues, but you gotta give leeway to a guy writing the novel on toilet paper and an ballpoint pen refill between beatings.
Robyn Ellis
Interesting insight into the conflict in Northern Ireland during the 80's, but horribly, horribly depressing.
Erik
Horrible in many ways but a must read.
Manuela
Un pugno nello stomaco.
Rachel
Aug 20, 2007 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Irish lit. readers, prison lit. readers, anti-colonial readers, resistance lit. readers
Never forget!
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Robert Gerard Sands (Irish: Roibeárd Gearóid Ó Seachnasaigh, commonly known as Bobby Sands; (9 March 1954 – 5 May 1981) was an Irish volunteer of the Provisional Irish Republican Army and member of the United Kingdom Parliament who died on hunger strike while in HM Prison Maze.

He was the leader of the 1981 hunger strike in which Irish republican prisoners protested against the removal of Special C
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