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A gruesome form of natural selection
An engrossing nonfiction narrative that reads as smoothly as a novel. I found this fascinating and horrifying. The book focuses most heavily on a few leaders in the IRA during The Troubles— Dolours and Marian Price, Gerry Adams, Brendan Hughes and, as a counterpoint, the kidnap and murder of Jean McConville. Through this lens we see the movements and motivations of the militant IRA and the effect those actions had on ordinary Irish people.
This book is amazing. So well written, and reads as a novel. Even having grown up in the IRA “troubles” era, the sheer length of the conflict had much of the world engaged, I didn‘t entirely understand it. This book will explain it well and have you engaged throughout. No wonder it‘s winning accolades. #nfNovember
Next up. #nfnovember These library holds all come at once!
Incredibly well researched, well written and accessible book about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, focusing on IRA members and the disappearance of Jean McConville. Such an important topic for people in England particularly to educate ourselves on right now, when we have to be so terrified of what our brexit mess could do to Ireland. I learned so much from this and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more.
This was an incredibly well-researched book. I absolutely loved it and knew nothing about Northern Ireland‘s struggles until reading this and now I have a new interest.
A work of narrative non fiction I wish I had read prior to reading Milkman and For the Good Times. It‘s just a stellar bit of work that manages to convey the complexities of “The Troubles” while not letting the weight of all that history bog it down. By allowing the reader a hook with the story of Jean McConville it is constantly reminding you of the cost of political violence and asking you does the ends justify the means.
Sometimes my local library really comes through.
The National Book Award long list for nonfiction came out today. This is my favorite award category! I absolutely loved Say Nothing, and I‘m reading Thick now. I hope to get to several of these before the awards are announced.
Not the best Nonfiction I have read this year but still recommend (4/5⭐) Listened via Scribd
I started this book on audio but even with a great narrator I could not focus so I waited for the ebook from the library. When I started that I thought I would end up bailing until suddenly it changed from a book I struggled to read to a book I seriously could not put down. This is nonfiction that I would reread and is definitely going to be one of my favorite books of the year.
While I recall the Chumbawamba song I had to look up the meaning of #tubthumping . Urban dictionary says it is what the Irish did as part of their revolt under English rule...so free association brings me to this nonfiction title about Northern Ireland that I want to read...maybe for Nonfiction November?🤔
1972, Jean McConville, 38 yo mother of 10, was dragged from her Belfast home, her children clinging to her legs. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of The Troubles. This book is a searing chronicle of the lengths that people will go to in order to pursue a political ideal, and the ways in which societies mend – or don‘t – in the aftermath of a long and bloody conflict. I found this book most interesting. Highly recommended!
This mornings audiobook.
This book is so good! It goes into detail about “the troubles” in Northern Ireland by focusing on a few notable participants in the 1970s and ‘80s, but it includes what happened to those who eventually died in later decades and those who were still alive at the time the book was written. I think the author did a great job of remaining impartial.
I loved listening to this audiobook, but be warned that the narrator has a strong Irish accent.
Patrick Radden Keefe's Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland is a fascinating, horrifying account of The Troubles. While nominally focusing on the Disappearing of widowed mother-of-ten Jean McConville, the book broadens quickly into an investigation of the IRA's top operatives, ranging from the 1970s (and some history of what came before) to modern day. (continued in comments)
The disappeared. Too much has been lost and sacrificed during the path to the peace.
1. I‘m a broken record about the tagged book but it was so good!
2. I loved baked crunchy Cheetos.
3. Sunset. I don‘t see sunrise if I can help it.
4. I‘d book a trip to the first place to come to mind.
5. First grade. I loved my teacher so much.
Made it to the Long Room at Trinity College in Ireland...a book lover‘s dream 🇮🇪
Non-fiction about the IRA and the troubles in Belfast, and the effects of a whole community living with PTSD and repressed secrets for decades. Moving and surprising and astoundingly well reported. Predicting now that this will win all the awards.
This non-fiction book was a compelling. Filled with history and real-life drama with just a touch of Hollywood.
"For the majority of the human species, and for tens of thousands of years, the idea that humanity includes every human being on the face of the Earth does not exist at all. The designation stops at the border of each tribe, or linguistic group, sometimes even at the edge of a village."
Quoting Claude Levi-Strauss from the book Say Nothing
Excellent overview of the IRA and ‘the Troubles” including all the ongoing implications of the war. This was very well researched and elegantly written. I had a little trouble at the beginning fitting all of the disparate parts of the complicated narrative together, but things did come together in the third part of the book. 4⭐️
Non fiction about Ireland, the troubles, and the ira. Super interesting. Very informative.
"If Dolours had a big fault, it was perhaps that she lived out too urgently the ideals to which so many others also purported to be dedicated. She was a liberator but never managed to liberate herself from those ideas. Sometimes, we are imprisoned within ideals."
Eamonn McCann, quoted in Say Nothing
I remember hearing about the IRA on the news when I was younger but never understood the conflict. This book explains the conflict and some horrifying details that I knew nothing about. A sober but really interesting read.🇮🇪
I can‘t believe the year is halfway over already. It‘s been a good reading year for me! Here are my #Top6Reads for Jan-June. I‘ve seen several of my TBR books on other people‘s best lists so I‘m hoping for a great second half of 2019.
Catching up my #Nonfiction2019 list. My favorites so far were Say Nothing, Becoming, Bad Blood, and Furious Hours. Some are in comments after my character count ran out!
Inspirational: I am, I am, I am; History: Say Nothing; Movement: Parkland; Made You Laugh: I Miss You When I Blink; Another POV: There Will Be No Miracles Here; Medicine: What the Eyes Don‘t See; Another Country: Prisoner; Death: Furious Hours;
This is my Goodreads review of Say Nothing. I‘m glad I read it. It‘s always difficult to look at these kinds of events and acknowledge the brutality we are capable of, but I think it‘s essential to do so now more than ever.
Big day!! #bookmail #reallifestufftoo
🦈Received my #LMPBC #groupv Round 6 book — #creaturefeature
🧜🏼♀️Received my #reallifebookgroup book
👩🏽💻Accepted an offer for a new job ... I may now be in charge of other people... 😳🤓
Next audiobook on Libby. Has anyone read this one?
Brilliant non-fiction: gripping account of 'The Troubles' and the impact on victims and IRA members.
Gripping stuff: history of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland via the parallel stories of a family where mum was snatched by the IRA and a woman who joined them.
Excited to read this one! I‘ve only heard good things 🙂
I grew up near Boston and watched from afar as the Troubles took place in Northern Ireland. I thought I knew what was going on. It‘s clear now I knew only a small part. Keefe does an exceptional job of reporting on the war that was waged on so many sides and the repercussions for those involved. He provides the long view that we can only now see and tells the story in a way you connect with almost immediately. A brilliant book. Now on to Milkman.
Train Reads. An absolutely fascinating reporting of an era in history I knew nothing about. #mdw
Keefe‘s extensive research is much appreciated and is of historical value. On top of that, he and the narrator Matthew Blaney make the audiobook interesting and suspenseful. Say Nothing has added to my interest in the Troubles, and I‘ve now included a few more books to my TBR on the subject. Highly recommend this book to history buffs! ☘️🎧
I'm so bummed you guys, I think this is a case of "the right book at the wrong time". It's obviously very well written so I know that generally I would enjoy it. But I'm shifting into vacation mode and it's a little heavier on history than what I'm in the mood for. I can't focus and gloss over whole pages without retaining anything.
I'm mostly just dying a little inside thinking about bailing (for now) given how long I've been on the waitlist ?
This is the best book I've ever read about The Troubles, and I could not put it down!
Readers who enjoyed this book might also enjoy "That's That" by Colin Broderick.
This sounds hysterical. I want to read it.
Prosecutors announced that they intended to summon a voice analyst. Experts in "forensic phonetics" occasionally testify in court, and they compare not just the tone and frequency of voices, but the lexicon, the syntax, and the use of characteristic filler words like "um" and "ah."
In this manner, Hughes used a ship named after a British queen to smuggle weapons to the IRA. When the guns arrived, fresh graffiti on the walls of West Belfast heralded a game change: GOD MADE THE CATHOLICS, BUT THE ARMALITE MADE THEM EQUAL.
https://www.readitforward.com/essay/article/best-true-crime-books-of-all-time/ Added some more to my #TBR list #blameitonlitsy