The Dead Republic

The Dead Republic

Book - 2010
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The triumphant conclusion to the trilogy that began with A Star Called Henry

Roddy Doyle's irrepressible Irish rebel Henry Smart is back-and he is not mellowing with age. Saved from death in California's Monument Valley by none other than Henry Fonda, he ends up in Hollywood collaborating with legendary director John Ford on a script based on his life. Returning to Ireland in 1951 to film The Quiet Man - which to Henry's consternation has been completely sentimentalized-he severs his relationship with Ford.

His career in film over, Henry settles into a quiet life in a village north of Dublin, where he finds work as a caretaker for a boys' school and takes up with a woman named Missus O'Kelly, whom he suspects- but is not quite sure-may be his long-lost wife, the legendary Miss O'Shea. After being injured in a political bombing in Dublin in 1974, Henry is profiled in the newspaper and suddenly the secret of his rebel past is out. Henry is a national hero. Or are his troubles just beginning?

Raucous, colorful, epic, and full of intrigue and incident, The Dead Republic is also a moving love story-the magnificent final act in the life of one of Roddy Doyle's most unforgettable characters.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010.
ISBN: 9780670021772
0670021776
Branch Call Number: FIC/DOYLE
Characteristics: 329 p. ; 24 cm.

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EmersonJohnston
Jun 23, 2011

Another reason why I can easily get engrossed in REAL History but just cant get into fiction.

After 3 days and 123 pages I give up!

Having really enjoyed the film the COMMITMENTS I have attempted several of his books but couldnt finish any

As a passing shot the auld bike on the cover is printed back to front.

Dont say you haven't been warned!

debwalker Nov 23, 2010

Favorite living writer
Roddy Doyle

I love all his books. I often talk about him and Jane Austen in the same breath. I think people are slightly mystified by that because superficially they're such different writers. But they both have a very unsentimental approach to human nature. They can be profoundly moving without ever becoming mawkish

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DaveWillis
Oct 18, 2010

Does not deserve its 'awful' half-star rating. Maybe it's not as good as the first two parts of the trilogy -- A Star Called Henry, and Oh Play That Thing -- but far from awful. The ending is weak, but it kept my interest until then

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