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Patrick Pearse: The Triumph of Failure

by Ruth Dudley Edwards

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After Irish independence in 1922, the men executed following the Easter Rising of 1916 became secular saints in Ireland. In this book, [a:Ruth Dudley Edwards|63805|Ruth Dudley Edwards|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1285742000p2/63805.jpg] takes one of the most revered of these saints, Patrick Pearse, and returns him to the world of mortal men and woman. She examines Pearse as a living, breathing man, with great weaknesses and flaws as well as great strengths and talents. For this she was, and has been, vilified by those who wish their saints to remain antiseptic.

While I would consider myself to be on the opposite to Pearse, thanks to Dudley Edwards excellent, humanising biography, I do feel I understand him a bit better. ( )
  JohnPhelan | Oct 4, 2016 |
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