1916: The Easter Risingby Tim Pat Coogan
On April 14, 1916, it all beganand six short but bloody days later, true Irish independence emerged from the ruins. Born of the thwarted and democratically expressed desire for Home Ruleas well as of political confusionthe Easter rising started when rebels seized a number of strong points in Dublin. They held until blasted from their positions by an overwhelming superiority in numbers and heavy artillery. The subsequent executions of the leaders, along with the arrests, court-martials, and detention of 3,500 people (three times the number of actual participants), won the insurgents sympathy and resulted in an overwhelming desire for freedom among the public. An outstanding account of this seminal event, enhanced by notable photographs, maps, and documents, provides a testament to a turning point in Irish history and to the mean and women who gave their lives in the struggle.
Into this turbulent landscape Jamie O'Neill casts the heroes of his historical novel, At Swim, Two Boys, whose title is a play on the title of Flann O'Brien's landmark Irish comic novel At Swim-Two-Birds. This story takes place in the year leading up to the Easter Rising and investigates the complicated weave of alliances in Ireland; the two Dublin boys struggle not only with their political affiliations but with their religious and sexual identities.
W. B. Yeats spoke to Ireland's scars of strife, famously noting in "Easter, 1916" that, after the Rising, "All changed, changed utterly: / A terrible beauty is born." A new volume of Yeats's essays, Writings on Irish Folklore, Legend and Myth, examines ancient tales of the land -- an Ireland bewitched by "sociable fairies," the banshee, and the medieval warrior Cuchulain. In fables, Yeats writes, mortals are transformed into "perfect symbols of the sorrow and beauty and of the magnificence and penury of dreams.'' (Lauren Porcaro)
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Tim Pat Coogan was editor of the Irish Press and is now recognized as Ireland's leading popular historian of the 20th century.
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