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In this brilliant novel, a man searches for the truth about his parentage. His grandmother was a flamboyantly bad actress at the Abbey Theatre, married to a Free State hero. Slowly he uncovers more of his history. The pieces of the past begin to fit together, and the truth of his family is revealed...
Paperback, 275 pages
Published January 3rd 2005 by John Murray
(first published December 28th 1980)
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There are some wonderful reviews of this book, and I did enjoy the early pages very much, but as the narrative rolled on, I began to feel as though I had missed some pivotal sentence or two early on that would have anchored me. Unfortunately, while I persevered and got to the end, I don't know how the story got there.
If you like impressionistic writing with rhetorical flourish and great style, then this may be a book for you. If however you are like me and like a plot with a good bit of action and movement, then you will probably find this novel frustrating and ultimately disappointing. I think Jordan wanted the family drama at the center of this book and the dramatic troupe's importance (symbolically at least) in the early days of the Irish Free State to reflect one another in a more epic vein, but I didn't ...more