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The "terrible beauty" that is Ireland comes alive in this mighty epic that re-creates that Emerald's Isle's fierce struggle for independence. Trinity is a saga of glories and defeats, triumphs and tragedies, lived by a young Catholic rebel and the beautiful and valiant Protestant girl who defied her heritage to join him. Leon Uris has painted a masterful portrait of a bele ...more
Paperback, 680 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Emece Editores (first published 1976)
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Nov 11, 2009 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: Mrs. Davis
This is one of the select few on my bookshelves that I've bothered to read more than once (quite a feat, as the book is roughly 800 pages or so) and has got to be one of my top five, if not my absolute favorite book of all time. This is the first Uris book I read, and I became an instant fan. Leon Uris is a masterful story-teller who irrevokably draws you in to his tales, and this one is about 19th century Ireland in which several decades of Irish history are woven into the stories of three fami ...more
Linda C
I loved this book and have read probably six times. Great love story and great historical fiction at the same time.

The first review on Goodreads really panned this book and all of Leon Uris' books in general-- do NOT believe that review or his comments about other Uris books, in particular Exodus. This person's comments were basically that the situation was presented one-sided, without any shades of gray, and the book was little more than propaganda.

I disagree with that assessment, but also wan
Tea Jovanović
Jedna od meni najdrazih knjiga o Irskoj a Leon Uris je jedan od deset meni najdrazih "engleskih/americkih" pisaca... imala sam cast da pre nekoliko godina u Londonu budem pozvana na veceru s njegovom nekadasnjom agentkinjom i prijateljicom... i s njom podelim svoju ljubav prema njegovim knjigama... Mislim da svako treba da procita barem jednu od njegovih knjiga (a najbolje sve)
In all of Leon Uris's books, the schema is very simple. There are good guys, and there are bad guys, and nowhere is there room for even a shade of ambiguity. This kind of cartoonish view of the world leads to books which might be better classified as propaganda than as historical fiction.

This was certainly the case for "Exodus", which amounted to thinly disguised propaganda. "Armageddon", dealing with the Berlin airlift, also tended toward crude 'good guy/bad guy' categorizations, but didn't bot
I don't know how I forgot to record this book...I just found it in my garage, one of the few that escaped garage sales or Goodwill! I keep it around hoping to one day re-read it. I recall running late for work, or returning from lunch, during the time that I read this book because I simply had to wrench myself away from the story (often making a bathroom stop to dry my eyes and reapply mascara). My dull review could never do it justice.

It's a story about a family in Ireland, following their liv
Let's begin by stipulating that Uris is a pulp fiction writer and should be read and reviewed on those terms. There's absolutely nothing wrong with pulp fiction - it's a great and wonderful genre full of entertainment value.

With Uris' books the formula is pretty simple: Our hero is noble, well-read, and self-sacrificing. He's closed himself off, but is waiting for the right woman. The right woman is also noble and self-sacrificing, but strong-willed and beautiful. He sets these folks down in th
This book was a very hard read at times... filled with so little hope, but I learned so much. I knew very little about the Protestant/Catholic struggle in Ireland in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Another tragic time in history where ignorance caused hatred fueled by religious fervor. One of my favorite quotes came from my favorite character in the book, Conor Larkin. He is an Irish Catholic rebel who spends his life fighting for his implausible cause.
....They sat across from one another and
Having come to "Trinity" after a break of some twenty years since reading the Uris classics "Exodus," "Mila 18" and "Armageddon," it was a very pleasant surprise to be able to discover that old zest for life, that lusty undercurrent which marks his work and fills it with an unmistakable energy. At the same time, "Trinity" enabled me to discover something about my own Irish background, and put the perspective of history into a new position for me altogether. In fact, so tainted were we, some of u ...more
Feb 03, 2010 Chrissie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chrissie by: Mom
Shelves: hf, ireland, text-checked

Done. Not one of my favorite books. I think lots of other people might like it. The history clearly chronicled in ythe last 100 pages was a plus. For me the characters had no depth. What you get is a story of Ireland's history through the 1800s and up to the beginning of the Great War. The tone is negative from start to finsih. The troubles will not end, the battles will continue forever. That is the message. I DO understand Irish history better after reading the book. That is
Uris is a Jewish author who gets the Irish perfectly. This book is essential reading to understand the Irish culture- Uris creates characters that travel through the famine, works with the Fenians, and into the Irish Republican Brotherhood, who become the IRA of the Easter Rising, Michael Collins, etc. I was handed the book and ordered to read it at 13 by my father. I will refrain from typing about this book ad nauseum, and say only these two things: 1) there is a literary device used in this bo ...more
Leon Uris is a fantastic storyteller. This book follows the events of an Irishman named Conor Larkin who, by nature, was larger than life. Larkin needed the 19th century as much as the 19th century needed him. The end is a crashing, tragic, dazzling explosion of nonstop events. It makes me wish I was Larkin. (The sequels are embarrassing, I would start and stop your Uris experience with this book.)
Tomás Foley
In Trinity, Leon Uris takes history apart and allows readers to look beyond events as taught. So that we might truly understand what history feels like.

Important, when we study or talk of our past history... Before my Nan passed away, I would walk into the kitchen & she would lie back in her chair, mumbling poetry to herself of the black and tans, of the famine... She mumbles because it's a tale, not a story. It was my history, her history, a peoples history. That I stop to listen to her tal
Thomas DeWolf
I loved the Leon Uris of Battle Cry, Exodus, and QBVII. Not so much the Leon Uris of The Haj and Mitla Pass. Of all he wrote my favorite is Trinity. Thirty years of Irish history, the intersecting lives of three families, and Conor Larkin. Trinity is a long book that flies by. Action, love, suspense and characters you'll care about long after you finish the book. The summer that Conor and Seamus spent at the Booley House is one of the most idyllic sections of any book I know; especially as it st ...more
This book was incredibly eye opening, heart wrenching and inspring for me to read as I learned more about the tragic history of Ireland. The author did amazing amounts of research for this book and tried to portray accuracy in what life was like and what was going on there in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was a fascinating, depressing, moving and very thought provoking book for me. I have to give a HUGE warning about the language though! I only read this because my Dad loved it and still ta ...more
"We are all absurd actors on the stage of the diabolical." Spoken by the character who provides the backbone of the novel, Conor Larkin. This isn't just a book of historical fiction, it really is quite good literature as well. Parallel's for analyzing abound, and feel a second reading would do it justice but at nearly 900 pages I don't know..I would even say it belong's in required reading in any Irish Lit class. The story catapult's the reader into the lives of the Irish from mid-1850's to the ...more
Heather Lindsay
I loved this book - I had to finish it by checking it out of the library because my particular edition was missing about 100 pages in the middle of the novel.
I can't say enough good things about this book. What I learned in public school and on the news about the conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland was spare and more from the Protestant's perspective. Reading this book gave me a rich context for understanding the issues from the Catholic's perspective. Although it is fiction,
FANTASTIC NOVEL! This was a bestseller in the mid seventies - and I never read it! Finally decided to tackle the over 600 page Irish historically based fiction of Ireland under British rule and abuse....Made me feel sorry for my distant Irish relatives, and I was disturbed how horrible the English were to the Irish people, and how brave and nobel they were in spirt of starvation and abuse and lack of freedom....There were some real heros that changed the course of history ---this is a fascinatin ...more
Happy Saint Patrick's Day, ladies and gentlemen. As you are aware, anybody with greater than 1/32nd Irish descent in the United States is able to participate in today's festivities, which includes pretty much everybody here. So have at it.

Partly due to the upcoming festivities, and partly because I had a long plane trip, I breezed through this. It makes for a fair airplane read, but not much else. I did enjoy the snippets of historical background and news clippings scattered near the end, but it
Dec 20, 2008 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Jean Harrington
A masterpiece on Irish story, telling the saga of Conor Larkin, showing his principle of non-recognition of British institutions on Irish soil and disobedience to British authority became a universally accepted cornerstone for breaking the yoke of the colonizer.
This novel tells story of the Irish history in the last half of the 19th century up until WWI through the eyes of the Catholics and the Protestants, the traditional Irish men and women and the British-Irish landowners, the Larkins and the Weeds/Hubbles. I was captivated by many of the characters and immersed in the unfolding historical overview. The Larkins, especially Connor, represent the Catholic poor who are basically fighting for survival and fighting against the many injustices forced upon ...more
November 8, 2013
Finished re-read of TRINITY. Everything I want to say about the book is diametrically opposed to everything I want to say about the book. That is my best description of Ireland in that day. This book covers the civil unrest in the span of time from the latter 19th century until the second decade of the 20th century. More unrest, such as The Troubles, is yet to be played out in Ireland's history. The year 1917 is a settling down date for much of the strife in Europe and Asia, alth
The most wonderful thing about Leon Uris' books are his testament to the eternal indomitable strength of the human spirit. This novel explores the agony and struggles of Ireland through the story of a fictional Irish fighter, Conor Larkin. The book begins with the deth of Kilty Larkin, the father of Tomas, and grandfather of Conor. It captures the sights, sounds , smell and experiences of Iralnd in 19th century Ireland through the eyes of Conor's childhood friend Seamus. Conor is visited by a sh ...more
mirela Darau
I am in fact oscillating between 4 and 5 stars. I think the book is indeed an amazing story, well written and documented [as far as I read], with lots of suspence and critical points. It made me cry and smile, be outraged and overwhelmed, hopeless and then hopeful. What I didn't enjoy so much were the seemingly isolated parts of industrial details, but I guess if I had more patience and interest I'd have seen their proper integration in the plot and overall image.

Just like in Exodus, there are s
Even though it simplifies many aspects, Trinity is an example of how historical fiction can begin to explain the complications of the present. In terms of Ireland and in particular Northern Ireland the novel begins to lay out and explain the animosity that those who are not Irish and were not brought up on that island do not completely understand when first faced with the baffling animosity between the groups involved. Leon Uris created wonderful characters from all sides of Ireland's Trinity wh ...more
This is an old book that I am embarrassed to say I only picked up in 2008. Why can't the catholics and the protestants live togather in Northern Ireland? I can't even begin to cover it all in this review but I will say that I will never look at the British the same ever again. My last name, Tuck, might be a deriviative of Took which is Scotish and Irish. Aside from the realization that Tolkein had an "infernal Took" in his tales of the shire, this book was like talking to an elder of your town, ...more
Recently attempted a re-read of this, years after my first read. I had a vague recollection that it was a pulpy take on Ireland from the Famine through the Easter Rising and independence. My re-read confirmed that memory. What I hadn't remembered was Uris' simplistic, black-and-white, pulpy view of the world. In this retelling, there are no shades of gray, there are no ambiguities, only a highly burnished world of clear heroes and villains.

Overall I found it to be a starry-eyed vision of the co
I am enjoying this story that enlightens about "the troubles" in Ireland, but the fine print makes reading too much, too long an issue.

And, many weeks later, the same holds true--fabulous story, but very fine print on yellowed pages is way harder to read than anything on my Nook.
I just saw this pop up on my home page and I was transported back a long time ago (76) when I first read Trinity. I've since read it several times. It always evokes passion - whether that be anger or sorrow or sympathy. A wonderful look at Ireland and irrespective of how you think it is written, I'm not sure how else it could have be written, it is fiction after all...fiction based on solid history.

Maybe it is because of ties to the Irish, Australia and Ireland have a lot of ancestry in common,
After struggling through the first two hundred or so pages of this, raw historical subject matter eventually proved to be enough to keep me going. I'm unsure as to whether this is just because I was relatively sketchy on the finer points of this period in Irish history; I suspect a more informed reader would struggle to push through ...

Despite its occasional flashes of compelling narrative and relatively well-crafted historical intrigue, Uris uses the laziest historical fiction cliches you could
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Leon Marcus Uris (August 3, 1924 - June 21, 2003) was an American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels. His two bestselling books were Exodus, published in 1958, and Trinity, in 1976.

Leon Uris was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Jewish-American parents Wolf William and Anna (Blumberg) Uris. His father, a Polish-born immigrant, was a pa
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