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No Country for Young Men
Set in present-day Dublin, No Country for Young Men involves an Irish-American targeted for elimination by terrorists, an unsolved 1922 murder, a moving love affair, a mad nun and what happens to a society when memory displaces thought.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 1st 1987 by Carroll & Graf Publishers
(first published 1980)
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The sister of Irish resistance leaders is shuffled off to a convent to keep her quiet about what she knows. As the story opens, the convent is shutting down and the nun, now in full dementia, is shuffled back to her nearest kin. This is probably one of the most understandable views of the Irish resistance I have ever read. If I understood her, she says that the Irish must continue to resist just to let the British know that they have not been won over, despite the impossibility of pushing them o ...more
Though nominated for the Booker, this 1980 novel, apparently out of print, shouldn't be. Its so rich, so clever, so well-written, with many memorable characters and absolutely great dialogue that I was thrilled to be reading it and happier that it was had been highly recommended by a reliable friend/reader. Ireland's struggles and "troubles" continue to haunt and the politics inform the characters' lives and actions. A particularly strong character is a nun with a secret going back to the 1920's ...more