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A Star Called Henry

Doyle, Roddy

Verlag: Jonathan Cape Ltd, London, United Kingdom, 1999
ISBN 10: 0224060570 / ISBN 13: 9780224060578
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Titel: A Star Called Henry

Verlag: Jonathan Cape Ltd, London, United Kingdom

Erscheinungsdatum: 1999

Einband: hardcover

Zustand: Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No Dust Jacket

Auflage: First Edition, Second Printing.

Art des Buches: Clean Copy


A smaller and cheaper edition of Doyle's novel about Henry Smart. Henry was born in the slums of Dublin in 1902. By the time he could walk he was out robbing, begging, cold and hungry, but a prince of the streets. At 14 he's a soldier in the Irish Citizen Army, fighting for freedom, becoming a legend, a cop killer, an assassin on a stolen bike Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 015878

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Born in the slums of Dublin in 1902, his father a one-legged whorehouse bouncer and settler of scores, Henry Smart has to grow up fast. By the time he can walk he's out robbing, begging, often cold, always hungry, but a prince of the streets. At fourteen, already six foot two, Henry's in the General Post Office on Easter Monday 1916, a soldier in the Irish citizen Army, fighting for freedom. A year later he's ready to die for Ireland again, a rebel, a Fenian and soon, a killer. With his father's wooden leg as his weapon. Henry becomes a publican legend - one of Michael Collins' boys, a cop, a killer, an assassin on a stollen bike. An historical novel like none before it.

A Star Called Henry marks a new chapter in Roddy Doyle's writing. It is a vastly more ambitous book than any he has written before. A subersive look behind the legends of Irish republicanism, at its centre a passionate love story, this is a triumphant work of fiction.

Rezension: The habit of murder becomes a hard one to break; the hero of Roddy Doyle's novel of the Irish War of Independence, like his father before him, kills to order and kills in cold blood. Where his father was simply the one-legged bouncer at a brothel, whose employers used him for any killing that needs to be done, Henry has motives. Growing up on the street, taught his letters by James Connolly, he believes in not just Irish freedom, but workers' revolution. He learns the hard way that his pious middle-class masters do not have this in mind.

A Star Called Henry--passionate, angry, darkly and wildly comic--has something in it to offend everybody. His stirring, deeply anti-romantic, account of the siege of the Dublin Post Office during the Easter Rising is remarkable, but hardly less so is his account of life on the Dublin docks, or Henry's treks around the countryside as one of Michael Collins' hard men, teaching guerrilla warfare to dairy farmers and clerks. The love affair between Henry and his equally blood-thirsty teacher and wife Miss O'Shea is sweet and touching. The first volume of a trilogy, this is a radical departure for Doyle, and a stunning success. --Roz Kaveney,

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