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Summary

First in the Irish Century historical fiction series, 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion begins the saga of the Halloran family during Ireland's long struggle for independence.

At age 15, Ned Halloran lost both of his parents - and almost his own life - when the Titanic sank. Determined to keep what little he has, he returns to his homeland of Ireland and enrolls at Saint Edna's school in Dublin. Saint Edna's headmaster is the renowned scholar and poet Patrick Pearse - who is soon to gain greater fame as a rebel and patriot. Ned becomes deeply involved with the growing revolution...and the sacrifices it will demand.

Through Ned's eyes, Morgan Llywelyn's 1916 examines the Irish fight for freedom - inspired by poets and schoolteachers, fueled by a desperate desire for independence, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the background of World War I. It is a story of the brave men and heroic women who, for a few unforgettable days, managed to hold out against the might of the British Empire.

©1998 Morgan Llywelyn (P)2020 Tantor

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apart from a few historical mistakes and the narrators fluctuations in accents...this is a noble effort at historical fiction around the 1916 Rising. an Irish reader would have done it better justice

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Superb read,

Absolutely loved this book and would thoroughly recommend to anyone looking to understand Irish history. Simply couldn't put it down.

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  • C. Delaney
  • 23-05-21

Great Listen

This is an amazing portrayal of the buildup and execution of a rebellion. It not only is enjoyable, but makes the reader sympathetic to all struggles for national identity.

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  • 01-02-22

As a Catholic, this book was not for me.

I'm a Catholic who loves audible historical fiction. I wouldn't consider myself particularly prudish or moralistic. That said, This book had an increasingly sexual relationship between one of the main characters and a priest that just crossed a line for me after a certain point. This is a completely personal gripe and feel free to disregard this review completely if you're not religious or don't care about such things. I found the rest of the book enthralling if a bit slow and would have finished it if not for the aforementioned gripe. The story starts well and the narrator nails the Irish accents, though not the American's. Give this a go if you are interested in this period of Irish history, you won't be disappointed, this book just wasn't for me.

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