The Dead Republic: A Novel

The Dead Republic: A Novel

by Roddy Doyle

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ISBN-13: 9780143119036
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 831,673
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Roddy Doyle is an internationally bestselling writer. His first three novels—The Commitments, The Snapper, and the 1991 Booker Prize finalist The Van—are known as The Barrytown Trilogy. He is also the author of the novels Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993 Booker Prize winner), The Woman Who Walked into Doors, and A Star Called Henry, and a non-fiction book about his parents, Rory & Ita. Doyle has also written for the stage and the screen: the plays Brownbread, War, Guess Who's Coming for the Dinner, and The Woman Who Walked Into Doors; the film adaptations of The Commitments )as co-writer), The Snapper, and The Van; When Brendan Met Trudy (an original screenplay); the four-part television series Family for the BBC; and the television play Hell for Leather. Roddy Doyle has also written the children's books The Giggler Treatment, Rover Saves Christmas, and The Meanwhile Adventures and contributed to a variety of publications including The New Yorker magazine and several anthologies. He lives in Dublin.

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The Dead Republic 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Lynn20NJ More than 1 year ago
If you loved A Star Called Henry, you will probably enjoy this book. I found it better than Oh Play That Thing (although parts of that book were wonderful,some of the historical references there seemed contrived and not very convincing). This third novel continues the saga of Henry. In spite of the wretched state that he is in, Henry is still endearing and his story is engrossing. I'm still not convinced that his fate needs to be tied so closely to historical figures, but it's an intriguing premise. A Star Called Henry remains my favorite book of the trilogy, but this is a worthwhile and captivating book as well. No one writes with the brilliance and compassion of Roddy Doyle.
DuffDaddy on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Henry Smart is back. It is 1946, and Henry has crawled into the desert of Utah's Monument Valley to die. He's stumbled onto a film set though, and ends up in Hollywood collaborating with John Ford on a script based on his life. Eventually, Henry finds himself back in Ireland, where he becomes a custodian, and meets up with a woman who may or may not be his long-lost wife. After being injured in a political bombing in Dublin, the secret of his rebel past comes out, and Henry is a national hero. Or are his troubles just beginning? Raucous, colorful, and epic, The Dead Republic is the magnificent final act in the life of one of Doyle's most unforgettable characters.
cornerhouse on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Other reviewers have written that Doyle is much better when he's focusing on character and dialogue rather than plot, and I'd have to agree. There are times when this book sings, and it's most often when Henry Smart is talking, even though he in fact says very little (outloud at least). It never quite reaches the heights of A Star Called Henry, but it certainly eclipses Oh Play That Thing, though all three of them will sit happily on my shelves for a later re-reading.And I'm pleased to see that Doyle has taken Henry Smart to something resembling a logical ending. Smart, is after all, modern Ireland -- though I'm not sure what that says about Ireland today.
Oreillynsf on LibraryThing 21 days ago
It's a great ending to the trilogy. Henry Smart, arguably Doyle's most powerful character, returns to Ireland after a 20+ year absence. Smart's well defined sense of ethics and justice are here in force, from protecting children from violent teachers to challenging every sweet and not so sweet stereotype. Doyle has a great deal of courage taking on the icons of Hibernian pride -- I appreciate his willingness to present the truth as he sees it.Doyle continues to be the best darned dialogue writer I know of, and the richness of Henry's character, as well as those of the major and bit players in this book, is what makes him my favorite writer.
orangewords on LibraryThing 21 days ago
A satisfying end to the story of Henry Smart. While this book can't match "A Star Called Henry" in terms of plot or surrealism, it far surpasses "Oh, Play That Thing" in absolutely every area, and lays Henry to rest in a very moving, well-written, and interesting way.
SFCC on LibraryThing 21 days ago
A satisfying look into the last years and days of Henry Smart and Miss O'Shea.
TLievens on LibraryThing 25 days ago
From this trilogy, A star called Henry is the most mythical, romantic and sensual book. The plot of the two other is in my opinion diluted by the interaction of Henry Smart with Louis Armstrong and John Ford and should not have taken such a prominent place. The most gripping moments of the story are when HS is looking for his family at the end of Oh play that thing and when he is conversing with the IRA people. Still, Roddy Doyle is one of my favorite writers.
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ErinMary More than 1 year ago
Lost a few nights sleep over this one because it was more important to find out what happened to the always fascinating yet deeply depressing Mr.Smart than to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for my ho-hum life. Roddy Doyle at his laugh out loud when your not crying best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago