More filters. Sort order. This is a harrowing but amazing account of the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland and gives real insight into what life was like for the ordinary people of both communities. Absolutely essential reading for someone like me growing up in the south of Ireland who remained more or less oblivious to what was going on in my own country. Heartrending stuff. Aug 31, Rachel Green rated it it was amazing. This book gives you a real insight into the lives of the Northern Irish people affected by the Troubles.
At times a very disturbing and upsetting read as there is violence, anger and grief but there is also forgiveness. Apr 11, Amy rated it it was amazing.
Definitely one of the best books I've read on the Troubles. Looks at the human angle through personal stories of people who lost family or friends to the violence, with the timeline and history interspersed through the person stories.
Highly recommend. What I like about this book is that sides are not picked, each side of the "troubles" are shown to have suffered and been a victim of loss. A good book if you are interested in the history of Northern Ireland. Jan 08, Eric rated it really liked it. A difficult read that does much to personalize and humanize 'The Troubles'. It deals with violence, death, grief and pain.
This book is about the victims of the troubles in Northern Ireland. It is about those who lost loved ones and those who survived attacks but wear the scars, both physical and psychological for the rest of their lives. It is a book about Protestants and Catholics, about people who were actively involved in the armed struggle and those who only found themselves in the wro Book club read for Dialogues Through Literature Project This is a horrendous book.
It is a book about Protestants and Catholics, about people who were actively involved in the armed struggle and those who only found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is a book about those left behind, carrying a loss and a pain that never lessens. When atrocities happen the news media are always eager to talk to the victims or their relatives, to splash the sensational story all over the front pages, catch the headlines and the attention of the rest of the world. Once the news has been reported though, it is no longer news. The reporters move on to the next big story, the next big headline, while the victims suddenly find themselves deserted.
This book acknowledges the fact that the pain and loss are something the victims carry with them for life. It tells both the stories of the murders and non-lethal attacks as well as the story of the aftermath, of what the survivors are still going though, 5, 10, 20 and even more years after the fact. Suicides, clinical depression, alcoholism, heart-failure, the damage done to those who survived is horrendous and almost unimaginable. It is a story worth telling and a story that should be read by the rest of us who almost never find out what happens after the spotlight switches to the next story.
This is a very difficult book to read, the pain and devastation are heartbreaking while, for me, the violence feeding on violence and growing ever bigger and more intense is incomprehensible. It is probably not a book to read back to back without interruption, like I did. Since this was a book club read and there were others waiting to read it after I finished it, I felt I had to keep on going. As for me, I am glad I read this book. This is a story that needs telling and, more importantly, a book that needs to be read and maybe some of us will take something from the book.
If this book opens the eyes of just one person who was blind before it will have achieved its goal. While most of the book left me with a feeling of despair, the last 30 pages or so did lift me up. The words there seem to indicate that although prejudice and anger are by no means over, there are signs that people, especially the younger generation, have a broader view and a more positive outlook. Very hard reading due to the content of the book, but an outlet for those who feel the need to have their voices heard regarding the Troubles. Sep 13, Chris Lydon rated it really liked it.
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