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1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War (Irish Century Novels #2)

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The struggle of the Irish people for independence is one of the epic tales of the 20th century. Morgan Llywelyn has chosen it as the subject of her major work, The Irish Century, a multi-novel chronicle that began with 1916, and now continues in 1921, both a story and a history. The two big historical names in 1921 are Eamon de Valera and Michael Collins, both famous, myst ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Forge (first published March 7th 2001)
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A tragic, and almost, inconceivable period of Irish history.

Once again, Llywelyn sucks you in and transports you into the lives of the brave men and women of Ireland. She puts such detail, passion and truth into this novel that you feel a kinship with the cause and a brief understanding for how things went so terribly wrong...In the whirlwind that brought on the Irish Civil War, Llywelyn tries to show both sides of the story in equal measure. There is a raw honesty in her writing, which brings
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Irish struggle for independence from the British was something I have always wanted to learn more about. I knew a little that I had read in books and of course what I'd heard about the "terrorists" of the IRA growing up, but after reading this series of books I am appalled (at some points my stomach literally hurt) at what Britain got away with doing to another nation in a modern age. This series not only makes me fiercely proud of my Irish heritage but it also makes me wonder if we are real ...more
Douglas Hayes
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I began reading about Irish history in the last few months (in preparation for our trip there) I was not only curious about the Irish people and their story - I also felt positively confused about what I thought I knew.

From my childhood to now, the only knowledge of the Irish I was confident about was that St. Patrick was Irish (which he wasn't), they are all red-haired and angry folks (which they aren't), they are only all a about drinking and frivolity (which has only a grain of truth),
J.S. Dunn
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland
Llywelyn's Century series is a departure from her usual fantasy novels. Having now read selectively in this series, have been pleasantly surprised. Thankfully this is not the usual sanitized version of the Rising and aftermath nor is it partisan.

Though most of the characters are a bit flat, the author throws in plot twists commensurate with what was happening in the new Republic and tells the wider story in a fairly evenhanded manner. All the novels read to date from 1921 forward throw in lots o
This is a history book with a fictional character to tie it together. I couldn't take it in large sections because the history all ran together.
The main character is a journalist, which gives the author the opportunity to emphasize his ties to different figures: Michael Colllins, Eamon de Valera, Tom Barry,...

Very depressing with the amount of death and violence, but that's because that's what really happened, not because the author was trying to titillate people with violence.

I need to take a
Paula Dembeck
This is the second book in Llywelyn’s ambitious Irish Century Series. And where the first book 1916 was Ned Halloran’s story, this second book is Henry Mooney’s story.
In the Rising, Ned had suffered a head wound and been saved when Henry smuggled him away from the battle scene using a forged press pass. But Ned is still recovering, has recurrent dizzy spells and cannot work. Henry organizes for Sile, Ned and Precious to be housed with his cousin Louise to keep them out of sight until things coo
Marty Greenwell
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like historical fiction, especially about history that I am unaware of. The Irish fight for a republic and the resulting civil war between the Irish brothers and sisters who thought only a bit differently. I was presented with good fictional characters, especially Henry Mooney and his "little" (not so little in spirit) Ursula or as he called her "Little Business". How Henry the journalist wove his way in and out of the five years between 1918 and 1923 and the supporting cast of real peo ...more
D.L. Gardner
I found this somewhat dry. Well researched, but read more like a history book than a novel.
Bob Price
1921 picks up the story where 1916 leaves off. Ned Halloran is happy with his wife Seile and their adopted daughter Precious and life seems to be on the upswing.

Until politics gets in the way and Ned's life falls apart, along with all of Ireland.

Llywelyn changes focus in this next book. While Ned is a major character in the beginning part of the book, the author shifts her attention to Harry, Ned's partner and friend from the first book.

Along with Ned, Harry finds his life in upheaval as the ev
Just like Llywelyn's 1916, 1921 starts off slow and took me a bit to get into but once I did, wow... Things moved quickly. I thought Llywelyn did a much better job of explaining the politics in this book than she did in 1916 and it's a lot to cover so that was nice. I was a little taken aback of this book focusing on Henry rather than Ned because I felt a bit unsatisfied of where 1916 left off with certain characters. However, it turned out okay in the end and I can't wait to read the next book! ...more
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Morgan Llywelyn (born 1937) is an American-born Irish author best known for her historical fantasy, historical fiction, and historical non-fiction. Her fiction has received several awards and has sold more than 40 million copies, and she herself is recipient of the 1999 Exceptional Celtic Woman of the Year Award from Celtic Women International.
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Irish Century Novels (5 books)
  • 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion
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