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Posted August 12, 2000
It a book about us all.
I was entranced by the stunning contradictions in the character of Gypso Nolan. He combined cowardice and courage, stupidity and intelligence as the story progressed. His tragedy was to be dwelling in his less admirable character phases during challenging situations. What bad luck, because Gypso also displayed intelligence, or at least cleverness, and courage in other circumstances. Unfortunately the latter, being less critical, had no bearing on his worldly fate. I can't help but think that I and everyone else have these same contradictions, but somehow the timing of events in our lives matched more favorably with our intellectual and fortitudinal high tides. Gypso's contrasts amaze the author, it seems, but must have been drawn from self observation. How else could they have been so starkly drawn, but be so (to me) unconvincingly explained except for the author to have experienced them in himself, tried to explain them, failed an adequate accounting for them and finally accepted them as part of his version of the human condition. I had read the book many years ago, but I am still captivated by contemplating its meaning. To me it is not just a good story. Also imprinted on my memory are the opening description of the city street and rooming house, as well as the depiction of the fish and chips eatery scene. I felt like a fly on the wall, so vivid was the reading experience. No wonder John Ford dwealt on these scenes, too, in his film adaptation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2000
This book is wonderful for readers of all ages. I read this book for a ninth grade honors geography class. Mr. O'Flaherty gives a marvelous depiction in this story of betrayal. I would recomend this book to anyone interested in Ireland, or even people who aren't.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2000
Well done Mr. O'Flaherty
I read this book for a project in my Honors Geography 9 class. The book helped me because it told about the Irish Civil War, that stressed the geography theme of culture. The author's style of writing was very captivating. Through reading this book, I realized what a troubled country Ireland was. This book was written at about a 7th grade reading level, it was plenty easy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.