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by Morgan Llywelyn, Fiacre Douglas (Read by)

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The Easter Rising of 1916 was a major turning point in Irish history. Peopled by patriots and poets, fueled by a desperate desire for freedom, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the background of World War I, the rebellion is a story of tremendous power and unique poignancy.

"1916" is the story of the valiant men and women who, for a few


The Easter Rising of 1916 was a major turning point in Irish history. Peopled by patriots and poets, fueled by a desperate desire for freedom, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the background of World War I, the rebellion is a story of tremendous power and unique poignancy.

"1916" is the story of the valiant men and women who, for a few desperate days, fought against all odds to realize an impossible dream: to give Ireland back to the Irish. Here, at last, is the book Morgan Llywelyn was always meant to write.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The task of transforming the events of the 1916 Irish Rebellion into coherent fiction would terrify most writers. Llywelyn (The Lion of Ireland; Red Branch), however, has produced a thunderous, informative read that rises to the challenge. Sticking to the historical facts and incorporating all the major historical figures, Llewelyn filters them through the experience of the fictional Ned Halloran, a young Titanic survivor whose lust for life takes on new meaning when he goes to the Irish-language school run by poet and schoolmaster Pdraic Pearse. Gaining a new appreciation of Irish culture, Ned also learns of Ireland's tragic, bloody history. He soon becomes aware that he is alive in a vibrant and epochal time, when the new century's potential inspires poets and revolutionaries to challenge the British Empire's colonial might. Ned falls in love and graduates from schoolboy to soldier. On Easter Monday, 1916, he is ready for the Rising itself, and (as happened on those famously unisex barricades) his sweetheart fights by his side. Battle scenes are both accurate and compelling. The betrayals, slaughters and passions of the day are all splendidly depicted as Llywelyn delivers a blow-by-blow account of the rebellion and its immediate aftermath. The novel's abundant footnotes should satisfy history buffs; its easy, gripping style will enthrall casual readers with what is Llywelyn's best work yet. Author tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Llywelyn revisits the bloody Easter Rising of 1916. (LJ 2/15/98)
School Library Journal
YA-A novel set in Ireland at the time of the Easter Rebellion. Llywelyn tells the tale of 15-year-old Ned Halloran, a young Titanic survivor who lost both of his parents in that disaster. Upon his return to his native Ireland, he becomes embroiled in its rapidly changing political scene. The headmaster of his school is a renowned scholar and also a rebel and patriot for the Irish cause. Ned acts as a courier for the rebels, becoming more and more supportive of their struggle. The young man's coming-of-age is complicated by his feelings of nationalism, the love of several women, and his rescue of a young orphan during a street battle. YAs will get caught up in the excitement of this epic novel and root for Ned as he tries to save his comrades and fights side by side with the woman he loves.-Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Middle School, Burke, VA
Kirkus Reviews
A noted chronicler of Irish history and legend (Pride of Lions, 1996, etc.) here deals with the Easter Rising of 1916, as seen through the fictional adventures of a young man close to the inner circle of those working and fighting for Ireland's independence from England. When first introduced, teenager Ned Halloran is on his way to the US with his parents to attend the wedding of sister Kathleen to an Americanþthe ship is the Titanic. On his grieving return to Ireland, Ned, a farmer's son, is sent to St. Enda's, a school where Irish history, languageþand prideþare not only valued but taught with fervor. It's at St. Enda's that he meets the "conspiracy of poets," including Headmaster Padraic Pearse, who will become commander-in-chief during the Rising. Ned becomes acquainted with the many faces and phases of the rebellion against the "looting" and "occupying" English, while a plethora of movements begin to surface: the Sinn Fein (then standing for nonmilitary rebellion); the socialist Connolly's Citizen Army; and the Volunteer Corps. Ned joins the Fianna, a youth corps founded by the doughty Countess Markievicy (who, like the other real-life people here, makes a substantial appearance). In New York, meantime, sister Kathleen makes some unsettling discoveries: Her husband is a brute, contemptuous of her Irish nationalism, and Father Paul, a young priest, is stirring most unspiritual fires within. Back in the homeland, Ned is battling through an amorous dilemma: Is it to be a prim lady (an Anglophile) or a patriotic prostitute, the sister of a dead friend? The revolution heats up; Ned becomes a courier between the many groups and sectors; there are marches,spying, drillsþand finally terrible sacrifice. Llywelyn tells her tale with gusto and a respect for the facts; a good deal of both bizarre and somber history shines through the fictional fustian of its likable characters. (Author tour)

From the Publisher
“The politics and factionalism behind the Rising are a tangled web indeed, but Llywelyn unravels them skillfully. Even those who know the story well will be surprised and rewarded by the way she brings back to life a group of brave men who went nobly to their deaths.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Llywelyn's strength as a writer is to be found…in her ability to follow a course, sewing it seamlessly into what must have been a daunting array of historical notes.…She weaves the tapestry of her story with intelligence and skill, and gives us access to a period when the bullets flew and patriots gave their lives for the ideal of freedom, not knowing that from the ashes of their martyrdom 'the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland' would be acknowledged, and an Irish Republic would be born.” —San Diego Union-Tribune

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Meet the Author

Since 1980 Morgan Llywelyn has created a body of work chronicling the Celts and Ireland, from the earliest times to the present day. Her critically acclaimed novels, both of history and of mythology, have been translated into many languages. She lives in Ireland.

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senated More than 1 year ago
As and Irish-American I've always heard of the Easter Rising of 1916. This historical novel goes a long way towards understanding its motives, leaders, and the country's aftermath. Again, as an Irish-American its astounding to me that the British government, in the twentieth century, was so despotic and hypocritical. Despotic in their total domination of the Irish people showing no regard for their human rights, and hypcritical in the sense that they fought in World War I for the freedoms of small european nations while not allowing Home Rule or political freedoms for its subjects in Ireland. The beginning of the book has a reference of the historical characters in the book that is both useful and necessary for the clarity of the story line. If you are interested in Irish history, particularly Ireland's relation to England, this is a great book
MickiBrose More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. Morgan Lellwyn is a great story teller and really knows her history. This book may be long (1400 pgs) by draws you in from beginning to end. I know the story of the 1916 uprising but still hated for this story to end. I highly recommend her Lion of Ireland as well.
RichardSutton More than 1 year ago
Morgan Llywellyn's historical novel about the Easter Rebellion should be required reading for anyone with a drop of Irish blood in their veins. As a student of history, particularly Irish history, I had read the historic facts from several different angles and sources, yet the author still found ways to surprise me. The story, woven through the deeply personal passages of main characters including a survivor of the Titanic tragedy, adds a focused, personal perspective on a very heroic, yet ultimately terrible tragedy of hope and loss. Yet, contained in the withered stalk of defeat is the living seed that will, in just a very few years' time, finally leave Ireland a free nation again. Ringing with the authenticity her work is known for, Ms. Llywellyn teaches us both the glory of the heroes struggle as much as the inhumanity and terror hiding in the shadows. I came away from this absorbing read with a more personal understanding of just what this effort cost Ireland. The echoes still ring today.
CYESHUA More than 1 year ago
This is a great historial fiction book on the history of Ireland. In depth character development with good story lines leading into the history and facts surrounding the era. Morgan Llywelyn's name can stand alongside Leon Uris in the depth and scope of her writing. I am currently reading her second novel "1921" about Ireland.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was so good to read this...as a protestant irish, whose parents lived in Belfast during the rebellion, i was enthrolled....it is my fervent hope that Ireland will be reunited....my parents were Irish first and Protestant second.....tony Blair's apology was not good enough...it is hard to believe that nearly a century later, some of the same thinking continues....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly researched, well written, I was hooked from the start and couldn't put it down.
CMKmom More than 1 year ago
This is a long book - it goes into the reasons behind Ireland's reach for self-determination. The characters are interesting - the story is compelling - there are characters who were actually involved in this fight. I enjoyed it very much. There are just enough character stories to make the history part stand out. The stories were wonderful, and the history is nothing I had too much knowledge of. Well worth reading.
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clejtd More than 1 year ago
Over 500 pages, this is a hefty read. Even though the book is a fictional novel, it has a whole cast of historical characters. It has details that you want to slowly absorb and embrace. I paced myself at 25 pages a night at bedtime. Those who have pledged to read 3,000 books by year end will laugh at me. I think if you have experienced 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion you will agree with me, this work should be cherished at a leisurely pace. That being said, even at a leisurely pace I would find myself confused by the host of historical characters at times. I don’t think this is the author’s fault, more likely the fault of the reader who had worked long hours, ate a giant dinner, then tucked into her super warm bed with heated mattress cover. This was an amazing rebellion and it took the efforts of many people. Shame on my pea brain not to remember this angry poet from that angry poet when I’m drowsy. I adored the main character, Ned Halloran. You are introduced to him as he is taking a voyage with his parents on a grand ship! This ship is heading to America and they will be attending his sister’s wedding in New York. Oh, but why did the buy tickets for the Titanic? I never thought I was going to get to the actual butt kicking! Call me a girl who loves some action, blame it on my Irish pride. I was ready for the boys to get out there and take back what was theirs. You must be patient though. If not you’ll find yourself feeling like Scarlet on the steps of Tara. There was one thing that was keeping me going when the butt kicking seemed to never come. Father Paul O’Shaughnessy. A good looking priest holding up the faith, no matter how hard that may be at times. Father Paul has himself in an awkward situation. A damsel of the congregation is in distress and she is asking for house calls. Holy Temptation! You good Catholics are probably saying, ‘Not a man of God! He couldn’t.’ I’m not religious, so I can say … Go ahead and tap that, girlfriend! That was probably too much. An enjoyable aspect of the book for me was the Irish slang. I have promised to incorporate the saying, ‘Funnier looking that a fish with three ears.’ All fun, games and erotic priest aside, I loved this book. I agree with those readers who enjoyed the historical lesson without the classroom feel. There’s enough emotional storyline to keep you drawn in, even if the war comes or not. There were some unanswered questions in the end, but none that were uncalled for. The end of a book isn't always supposed to spell out every little detail for you. Some books leave you to imagine all the endless possibilities on your own.
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Irish_Lad More than 1 year ago
A bit romanticized, but still amazingly moving story of a monumental event that few outside Ireland seem to know about.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my father back in March for his birthday. He read it and said it was a good read. I picked it up three days ago and have hardly been able to put it down since. As an American of Feinian heritage, it is interesting to read about the tumultuous events that gave birth to the Ireland that we have today (independent). It is a shame that there are still 6 counties in the North that are still in bondage as they have been for almost a century (since the birth of the Republic). 26 + 6 = 1 !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this brilliant book. The way she captures the characters is truly poetic.