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At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill
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Jan 17, 10

bookshelves: fiction-read-2010, historical-fiction, library, favorites
Read in January, 2010

This is not an easy read-at first the language seems difficult, but only until you realise that you have to read with your ears. Also, I know little of the Easter rebellion (ok, of Irish history in general, it must be said), but that didn't really matter once the characters had got me caught up in their lives.
O'Neill's writing is of a time and place when Catholicism, grinding poverty, and conformism were the norms; he then introduces real characters who break all the rules-a baby out of wedlock, two families involved in rebellion, and a gay love triangle. Though that description doesn't do it justice! His writing style, at times almost poetry, slowly weaves the various strands of the story together until the final chapters which move towards an emotional conclusion.
A deserved inclusion in the "1001 books" in my humble opinion.
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