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Cal (edition 1998)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393313328, Paperback)First published in 1983, this lyrical novel, superficially straightforward but full of stories within stories, first brought Bernard MacLaverty's work to public attention. In the novel, a young Irish Republican Army operative who wants to break the cycle of violence seeks out a woman whose Ulster policeman husband he helped to murder. As their relationship grows, so do Cal's guilt and sorrow, until, in the end, he is forced to make a sacrifice of himself in order to gain redemption. Rich in ideas and history, this book helps us understand the situation in Northern Ireland--which "is not just there," MacLaverty has remarked, "as a colorful background."
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"Cal, the nineteen-year-old protagonist, is a Roman Catholic who lives with his widowed father in a predominantly Protestant neighborhood of Ulster. Though tormented by local "Orangemen," Cal has no stomach for the terrorist tactics of his friends in the IRA. Haunted by the memory of driving the getaway car when his school companion murdered a reserve policeman, Cal only wants out."--P.  of cover.
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