I was given this book by a friend who knew I was, at the time, interested in Ireland and Irish history. She never warned me that Conor Larkin was written so well as to become a living, breathing presence. I loved this book. I loved that I learned something about Irish history and about the religious conflict. I love it that Conor was a croppie with a talent and that the screen he was 'mending' is as clear to me as the file cabinet across the room. I fell in love with Conor Larkin, and cried when the book ended and broke my heart.
Actually, I'm giving it four stars because Mr. Uris wrote a 'continuation' that was almost as disappointing as Trinity was good. Conor appears in it. I never got past the fourth chapter.