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The Lost Soldier's Song
The story opens and closes with Declan Osborne in jail, being interrogated by British officers. In between, we learn of the sequence of events that has led him there. Set in Ireland at the time of the Black and Tans, Declan is a young man who sets out to join the cause full of doomed idealism.
Unknown Binding, 198 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Sinclair-Stevenson
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it has one torture scene which is brief and excruciating rather than very graphic (it is - briefly graphic? and allusive) for that reason i got rid of my copy and will not read it again, or i would have kept it forever and reread it frequently. But that apart it was beautiful, angry, intense, believable, politically engaged (might annoy some IRA supporters) and a really incredible book. It's 9/10 not 10/10 because it's not war and peace or one of the greatest books ever written, but it is one of ...more
Patrick McGinley's sterling prose is a thing of rare beauty--intense, immediate, concise, and purposeful. This novel of the war of Irish independence is a tale of rashness, betrayal, and brutality. "It had been a war in which the combatants recognized no rules and no limits of self-degradation, because neither had any respect for the other." Spurred on by hopelessly heroic national myths, the band of Irish rebels sinks to levels of cruelty that match the horrors wrought by their British oppresso ...more