1972: A Novel of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution

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Macmillan, Feb 7, 2006 - Fiction - 416 pages
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The Irish Century series is the story of the Irish people's epic struggle for independence through the tumultuous course of the 20th century. Morgan Llywelyn's magisterial multi-novel chronicle of that story began with 1916, which was followed by 1921 and 1949. It now continues with 1972, which covers the events and social changes of the mid-century in Ireland through the story of the coming-of-age of Barry Halloran, son of Ursula Halloran (the heroine of 1949). Barry moves from patriotic involvement in the IRA, to an aversion to explosives and guns and a career as a photographer, to a final moment of radicalization in the face of the horrifying injustices in Northern Ireland that crystalized on Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972.
A chronicle of life in Ireland between 1950 and 1972, through Barry's journey the novel gives a clear understanding of social changes, pressure points, and vivid moments of historical importance. Clear parallels are drawn to the American civil rights movements of the 1960s, which in part motivated the patriotic and oppressed Irish Catholics. At the same time, there is the continuation of the family saga that links all the volumes of this series, and a passionate romance for Barry. Morgan Llywelyn is at her storytelling best in 1972.

The Irish Century Novels
1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion
1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War
1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State
1972: A Novel of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution
1999: A Novel of the Celtic Tiger and the Search for Peace

 

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User Review  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

1972 is a story of the IRA from the 1950s to the beginning of the troubles as seen through the experience of Barry Halloran, an IRA volunteer and the grandson of an iconic republican and IRA man ... Read full review

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User Review  - jveezer - LibraryThing

Not sure what to say about this one as the subject matter is so heartbreaking. This is the fourth book of a five book series that started with the Easter Rising in 1916 and concludes with the final ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
9
Section 4
21
Section 5
35
Section 6
43
Section 7
65
Section 8
84
Section 15
142
Section 16
171
Section 17
219
Section 18
237
Section 19
257
Section 20
278
Section 21
295
Section 22
312

Section 9
93
Section 10
99
Section 11
111
Section 12
119
Section 13
131
Section 14
137
Section 23
329
Section 24
348
Section 25
366
Section 26
377
Section 27
383
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MORGAN LLYWELYN lives near Dublin, Ireland

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