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A Terrible Beauty

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2011

    A Good Read

    Highly recommended book. Well written, enjoyable to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2011

    Stayed up all night reading

    I couldn't put it down once I started. I just fell in love with the characters and there were times when I was moved to tears or times when I was reading as fast as I could to see what would happen next. This book is well-written, and it's set in a different time and place than most historical fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2011

    A Must Read

    It's been 150 years since the Civil War began but no one talks much about the Irish who joined the army so they could learn how to be soldiers, and then go back to Ireland to join in an armed rebellion against Queen Victoria's rule.

    The story of the Plowman family is touching and tragic at the same time. I'll recommend this for the book club.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2011

    A Timely Piece Of Historical Fiction

    With revolution and rebellion unsettling the world, A TERRIBLE BEAUTY is a timely novel. The plot traces a family of rebels from 1867 when Irish soldiers rose up (and were quickly smashed down) through the Easter Rising of 1916. This book weaves together the actions of the populace and the English government's attempt to either pacify or suppress their demands, seeking to hold on to power at all costs. There is a strong emotional element to the story, however, as the family at the center of the story is torn apart by secrecy and deception.

    This would make an excellent book club selection, whether the members want to discuss interpersonal relationships, family dynamics, or the sort of mindset that sends some people off to do what they wouldn't do under normal circumstances.

    The book will keep you reading until you get to the end. There are plenty of twists and turns to hold a reader's interest.

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