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1972: A Novel of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution

by Morgan Llywelyn

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Not sure what to say about this one as the subject matter is so heartbreaking. This is the fourth book of a five book series that started with the Easter Rising in 1916 and concludes with the final book in 1999. I ripped through the first three books five years ago but then had to wait for the remaining ones to be published. As usual with Morgan’s books, she is very thorough in the details of the background for her historical fiction, and I am learning more than I want too about the tragedy of mine own people. Hopefully knowledge is power but this is tragic knowledge. But the series has been a great read so far.
  jveezer | Jun 2, 2011 |
1972 continues Llywelyn's Irish Century series, begun with 1916. Much like the first three novels in this five-part series, Llywelyn intersperses the Halloran family story with well researched events from Irelands turbulent history. The parallel history provides 'mile-markers' for the broader historical context as the Halloran story continues. In "1972", Llywelyn seems to allow the historical to take the lead over the fictional; a trend which continues and increases in 1999, the last in the series. This makes for a complete and thorough telling of the story, but may not be as satisfying to readers who are less interested in history as they are in just hearing a good tale. "1972" has both, but the balance is shifted towards the factual.

This is primarily the story of Barry Halloran, the son of Ursula Halloran and heir to Ned Halloran's IRA allegience. But, be warned, this novel will draw you into Barry's life, and, once there, you will have to read the next book before most of the ghosts are laid to rest. As with the other novels in this series, Llywelyn demonstrates her storytelling abilities. The author creates engaging characters who move in and out of fascinating historical events. If you are a history buff, you'll enjoy every bit of this; if not, a little patience and you'll still enjoy the Halloran family story.

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  Osbaldistone | Mar 21, 2008 |
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The Irish Century series is the narrative of the epic struggle of the Irish people for independence through the tumultuous twentieth century. Morgan Llywelyn's magisterial multi-novel chronicle of that story began with 1916, continued in 1921 and 1949 and now continues with 1972.

In 1972, Morgan Llywelyn tells the story of Ireland from 1950-1972 as seen through the eyes of young Barry Halloran, son and grandson of Irish revolutionaries. Northern Ireland has become a running sore, poisoning life on both sides of the Irish border. Following family tradition, at eighteen Barry joins the Irish Republican Army to help complete what he sees as 'the unfinished revolution'.

But things are no longer as clear cut as they once were. His first experience of violence in Northern Ireland shocks and disturbs him. Yet he has found a sense of family in the Army which is hard to give up. He makes a partial break by becoming a photographer, visually documenting events in the north rather than physically taking part in them. An unhappy early love affair is followed by a tempestuous relationship with Barbara Kavanagh, a professional singer from America. Events lead Barry into a totally different life from the one he expected, yet his allegiance to the ideal of a thirty-two county Irish republic remains undimmed as the problems, and the violence, of Northern Ireland escalate. Then Barry finds himself in the middle of the most horrific event of all: Bloody Sunday in Derry, 1972.

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Barry Halloran finds his patriotic involvement with the IRA challenged by his newfound aversion to weapons, a belief he is forced to act upon in the face of escalating Irish Catholic oppression that culminates in the Bloody Sunday conflict.

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