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Posted December 20, 1999
Michael O'Sullivan has uneathed for us some highly interesting material which hasn't been seen thusfar. He managed, for instance, to get revealing prison records opened years before their scheduled date for becoming declassified. This is an eminently readable book for those interested in Irish (and English) literature, and I was kept awake by it for several nights running. The only factors which prevent me from giving it five stars are the following: 1. A somewhat higher percentage than expected of the irritating grammatical and mechanical errors, and a few glaring syntactic flubs, which close proofreading and/or editing would have prevented; 2. The necessity to question the author's conclusions about aspects of his subject in certain instances (but he is always careful to delineate his reasons); 3. And finally, the author's too zealous reiteration of certain aspects of his theme (a plethora becomes intrusive where just a couple will do). But the author's work is carefully researched and, in large part, sensitively presented, and if you are a fan of the audacious Behan and his writings, this is a book you'll want to pick up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.