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Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
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Apr 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: youngadult, war_stories, suspense, historicalfiction, magicalrealism
Recommended for: anybody who likes books with overlapping stories about 2 different time periods
Read in April, 2009

4 1/2 stars. This is another one that definitely would have gone on my 2008favorites shelf if I had read it last year. I love the intertwined stories and the strong emotions at the end. I love the connection between Owain, the soldier, and Deus, the bomb maker. I've never read another novel about Northern Ireland and the IRA in early 80's, and Dowd has written it so gorgeously, with magical realism thrown in. It took me 50 or so pages to get in to it, but then I couldn't put it down, and Fergus is a character that I'll be thinking about for a long time. This is my first book by Dowd, and it's so tragic that she's gone. I'm wondering now if all of her books have such emotional endings.

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