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The Second Prison
Ronan Bennett
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The Second Prison

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Kane is part of a group of young Irish republican activists, whose belief in their cause at times competes with an urge to inform the police. After he is let out of jail for his alleged part in the murder of another informer, Kane goes to England to seek out and avenge himself on the final surviving member of his cell. Here he is drawn ever more deeply into the web of Temp ...more
Published (first published 1991)
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I would have liked to have liked this better, Bennett being a countryman and a handsome one to boot, but this was his debut novel and reads like it too. It doesn't quite work as a thriller and it doesn't quite work as a clever 'literary' novel either. However, I enjoyed his later book 'Havoc in its third year' and am prepared to accept that he hadn't quite hit his stride when he put this one together.
Raw and challenging especially at the start where he keeps shifting the setting and the time frame. A very good novel to help you understand the Irish way of thinking when they were at that time of shooting each other.
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Great read. Asks the critical questions as all good literature must. Posits some nuanced answers too. Ronan Bennett is one of the best writers of his generation. Enough said.
Sad, extremely clear depiction of life in prison and the situation of many lost in their beliefs of loyalty and violence. Very well written.
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Ronan Bennett is a novelist and screenwriter who was born and brought up in Northern Ireland and now lives in London. His third novel, The Catastrophist, was nominated for the Whibread award in 1998. Havoc, in Its Third Year (2004) was listed for the Booker prize. Havoc has been adapted into a motion picture to be released later in 2012. His latest novel is Zugzwang. His television drama Top Boy w ...more
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