I nearly gave up initially, the writing and the dialect are hard work to start with and I think sometimes I‘m a bit lazy and put them aside quite quickly. But I persevered and got into the rhythm of the writing at about 50 pages. The story, both the personal and the historical, are amazing and important. A gay love story, set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1916 Ireland, you learn a lot about both.
Worth the effort.
Everyone still in bed, slipping in a quiet read and starting this one. Not much more reading will be done today, son coming home for the footie. Doesn‘t want to be with non fans whatever the outcome 🤞🏻⚽️
Today‘s purchases 😁 brought the tagged book due to @Olivia306 review last week. The man in the shop said it will make me cry! Can‘t wait.
This book, this love story! 😭😭 The first 20 pages were gruelling but after getting used to the utter Irish narrative voice, I was rewarded with not just a complex political and social portrait of Ireland before the Easter Rising, but also with a moving coming of age story. And what a beautiful and heartbreaking gay story it is! Though there are some parts that could‘ve been edited out, this is still one of the best books I read in some time.
So I had a lovely oversized softcover edition of this book on my shelf for years and years, unread because I was daunted by its girth. Never mind the fact that, one day, a bird flew in through the patio door, perched down upon it, and pooped a little. So then I had two reasons to avoid it. This article reminds me that I should splurge for a brand-new copy and finally try it out!
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My sweet, gay 19 year old cousin is coming to stay for the summer. I'm preparing his room and have made him a little curated shelf of #queerbooks (although my house is FULL of them). I haven't even got the sheets washed yet but I've got the books sorted. Classic booknerd! 😍📚
O'Neill is a masterful storyteller & this m/m coming of age story of two Irish boys growing up & falling in love was wonderful. Fantastic hist. fiction - O'Neill quite successfully transports the reader to Ireland around the Easter Rebellion of 1916. In addition to witnessing these boys grow up & find each other, we get to experience the tension between the Irish & the English & the growth of a rebellion that divides families and communities. 💗
"Help these boys build a nation their own. Ransack the histories for clues to their past. Plunder the literatures for words they can speak. And should you encounter an ancient tribe whose customs, however dimly, cast light on their hearts, tell them that tale; and you shall name the unspeakable names of your kind, and in that naming, in each such telling, they will falter a step to the light."
? Loving this book!
We don't get a lot of snow on the Valley floor here but today is a perfect day for snuggling in bed and starting this book! ❤ this view! It would be a little more perfect if the power hadn't been out since 8 this morning 🙄and if I didn't have a killer cold. But I'll take what I can get I guess. 😜
"I reckon if we worked at it hard, every morning, say, we worked on your stroke, before I went to work, before you went to college, out to the raft here and back while the raft is out, every day we'd do it, rain or shine, till you find your feet, or your fins I should say, I reckon come Easter next we'd swim out there together, and I'll show you the place and you'd know, I don't know, what I meant like" #booksbythesea #somethingforsept #easter1916
#Tbt Then the lad's gaze lifted and he saw Jim watching from above. His eyes were dark as night, not dull, but gemmily shining. The smile broadened as though in invitation, as though the rocky shore and the birds and the blue were his to share.
"What cheer, eh? he called.
Jim found himself smiling back. And long after, while he scorched down Glasthule Road, well late for school, he was smiling still. #truegem was reading this 3 years ago today