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Donal agus Jimmy by P.D. Singer
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Apr 29, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical, m-m
Read on April 29, 2012

Oh, so very lovely -- Donal and Jimmy are roommates & shipbuilders. Jimmy is an engineer & Donal a carpenter, and they've been building the Titanic. Jimmy sails away, intending to come back with a hefty pay packet so that he and Donal can immigrate together and begin a new life away from prying eyes who would condemn them for their love.

These two young men were so very thoughtfully drawn -- they eased into a relationship which they had to hide constantly from their landlady and their families (well, Donal's family). They worked hard for little pay, and they only have evenings with each other. This was so short, it's hard to find things to say without spoiling, but Oh! The motivation behind Jimmy's deep need to GetTheHellOUT and be on the ship is wholly believable. The neat way Jimmy is kept alive (you knew he wouldn't die; it's NOT that kind of story!) is perfect, and the touching way Donal grieves and then the way he rejoices when he understands that his beloved is, in fact, still alive and their plans are not all forsworn!

There was no excess to this story; just neatly pared to the bones of How and Why and When they fell in love and came together, and the How and Why of their parting and coming together again. While I don't know much (any at all) Gaelic, the context in which the few phrases were used allowed for an easy rough translation -- it was mostly endearments, and you don't need to know *which* one, just that that's what they are.

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48.0% "*sigh* So very, very lovely. #amreading"

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