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Only the River Runs Free by Bodie Thoene
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Jul 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, the-books-of-2010
Read in June, 2010

Western Ireland in 1840 - under the thumb of English oppression, and spurred to peaceful congregations in support of Repeal, Irish history though it seems tragically repetitive is nonetheless valiantly true to its national cause.
The characters here are so well protrayed, I find myself cheering them on, lamenting their losses and hoping/praying for their success. It's a classic human struggle - men and women who love home and country and the heroic tales of their own timeless history, fighting dearly to preserve all three from tyrants who'd extinguish them: "Ireland without the Irish."
Though not necessarily a history lesson, the everyday characters who live this history make it come alive and bring a sense of purposeful intent to its reader. All in all - excellent.

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