1972: A Novel of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution

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Tom Doherty Associates, Feb 7, 2006 - Fiction - 368 pages
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The Irish Century series is the narrative of the epic struggle of the Irish people for independence through the tumultuous twentieth century. Morgan Llywelyn's magisterial multi-novel chronicle of that story began with 1916, continued in 1921 and 1949 and now continues with 1972.

In 1972, Morgan Llywelyn tells the story of Ireland from 1950-1972 as seen through the eyes of young Barry Halloran, son and grandson of Irish revolutionaries. Northern Ireland has become a running sore, poisoning life on both sides of the Irish border. Following family tradition, at eighteen Barry joins the Irish Republican Army to help complete what he sees as 'the unfinished revolution'.

But things are no longer as clear cut as they once were. His first experience of violence in Northern Ireland shocks and disturbs him. Yet he has found a sense of family in the Army which is hard to give up. He makes a partial break by becoming a photographer, visually documenting events in the north rather than physically taking part in them. An unhappy early love affair is followed by a tempestuous relationship with Barbara Kavanagh, a professional singer from America. Events lead Barry into a totally different life from the one he expected, yet his allegiance to the ideal of a thirty-two county Irish republic remains undimmed as the problems, and the violence, of Northern Ireland escalate. Then Barry finds himself in the middle of the most horrific event of all: Bloody Sunday in Derry, 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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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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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

Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
9
Chapter Three
21
Chapter Four
35
Chapter Five
43
Chapter Six
52
Chapter Seven
61
Chapter Eight
65
Chapter Twentyfour
219
Chapter Twentyfive
224
Chapter Twentysix
237
Chapter Twentyseven
244
Chapter Twentyeight
249
Chapter Twentynine
257
Chapter Thirty
264
Chapter Thirtyone
271

Chapter Nine
73
Chapter Ten
84
Chapter Eleven
93
Chapter Twelve
99
Chapter Thirteen
111
Chapter Fourteen
119
Chapter Fifteen
131
Chapter Sixteen
142
Chapter Seventeen
152
Chapter Eighteen
159
Chapter Nineteen
171
Chapter Twenty
185
Chapter Twentyone
193
Chapter Twentytwo
201
Chapter Twentythree
209
Chapter Thirtytwo
278
Chapter Thirtythree
286
Chapter Thirtyfour
295
Chapter Thirtyfive
301
Chapter Thirtysix
312
Chapter Thirtyseven
320
Chapter Thirtyeight
329
Chapter Thirtynine
338
Chapter Forty
348
Chapter Fortyone
357
Chapter Fortytwo
366
Source Notes
377
Bibliography
383
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Since 1980, Morgan Llywelyn has created an entire 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 is an Irish citizen and lives in Dublin.

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