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After the Lockout by Darran McCann
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Dec 22, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction-general
Read from December 13 to 20, 2011

Hard to credit that this is a first novel, so confidently does Darran McCann pace his narrative, so vivid are the characters and the locale.

The time is 1917, the place a small Irish community to which Victor Lennon is returning, ostensibly to salvage his alcoholic father. Victor has fought with the Dublin rebels in the Easter Rising. Already a hero to the villagers because of those exploits, he cements his position by arriving in time to star in a Gaelic football final. So far, so straightforward. But Victor is an avowed Socialist, a rabble-rouser against the moneyed classes. He is also disenchanted with the Church. On both counts he comes into conflict with the parish priest, Stanislaus Benedict. And there are two women ...

The author remains in supreme control of the many cross-currents of politics, religion and personal loyalty, always fair-minded in his portrayal of strengths and weaknesses. This is a deeply thoughtful book that won't be easily forgotten.

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