È il lunedì di Pasqua del 1916, a Dublino, quando un manipolo di rivoluzionari indipendentisti, asserragliato nell'edificio delle poste centrali della città, viene decimato dall'esercito britannico. Proprio dietro quelle barricate il giovanissimo Henry Smart ' figlio di un losco buttafuori di bordello e di una madre consumata dalle troppe gravidanze ' conosce la sua iniziazione alla politica, alla lotta armata, alla vita. Scampato alle fucilazioni che seguirono la repressione, Henry diventerà uno degli uomini di fiducia del celebre Michael Collins e unirà il proprio destino a quello di un'indomita maestra rivoluzionaria. Sospeso tra invenzione e realtà Una stella di nome Henry è un romanzo politico, ma è anche una storia d'amore e di grande passione.
- ISBN: 8860882931
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 432
Grand. A Star Called Henry by Irish writer Roddy Doyle is a rare find: a book that blends a genuine language, a unique narrative structure, and an amazing story. Told from a first person, past tense omnipresent perspective, the reader is led along a remembered past full of historical dramatic irony w Leggi tutto
My favorite Roddy Doyle book, "A Star Called Henry" is the fictional story of a young man, Henry Smart, growing up in the Ireland of the early 20th century. I much preferred this over the more well-known, but sentimental, "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt. Doyle doesn't mince words, and much of his
Together, we pushed and pulled my britches down to my thighs. Then Annie grabbed my arse before it had a chance to draw breath.-Jesus, what's that?It was a sheet of twopenny stamps, still stuck to my cheeks a week after Miss O'Shea had thrown me down onto them.-Stamps, I said.-What are they doing th Leggi tutto
This is the story of Henry Smart, a Dublin slum boy, born in profound poverty in 1901, who survives on the streets by his wits and physical strength. His father, Henry Smart senior, is well-known around the slums thanks to his wooden leg. He is a violent thug and killer-for-hire, a product of the Du Leggi tutto
I have now added a bit at the end of this review - thoughts that have later occurred to me. The making and breaking of an IRA man. I didn't quite know what I was getting myself into when I started this one, but I am very glad I did. No regrets - on reading it! I had a hard time with the dialogue, but Leggi tutto
I waivered between 4.5 and 5 stars but wanted to reflect how great I found this book. I must say at the start that this book probably requires at least a basic knowledge of the history of the Irish Uprising and Anglo-Irish war. Henry Smart is a survivor and more. His Dublin is both vast and a small
Henry Smart is an unforgettable character, ranking in my book with the likes of Oscar Matzerath, Ignatius J. Reilly and Aureliano Buendia. And this book is a great primer on the Easter Rebellion and the Irish War of Independence, exposing oppressor and oppressed alike as cold blooded killers. Henry S Leggi tutto
Bu yıl okuduğum en iyi romanlardan biri. Komik, acımasız, İrlandalı devrimci fedai Henry Smart'ın öyküsü. Roman İrlanda tarihinin en olaylı dönemlerinden biri olan 1900-1921 yılları arasında geçiyor. İrlanda'nın devrimcileri, sokak çocuğu Henry'yi İRA'ya sokup eline silah tutuşturuyorlar. O da Easter Leggi tutto
I am water. I need to flow. I don’t have the leisure of thought; I don’t have the capacity of it. I am a part of the picture. I flow to the edge of a cliff and I fall, I swerve and dance besides mountains and fields, I am guided by the rocks and pebbles. I entertain sundry for a dip into my wetness Leggi tutto
I learned about the IRA in 1982 during lunch at the Hard Rock Caf in central London. During my hamburger, a bomb blew up a crowded bandstand and killed six musicians in Regent's Park. Sound of the distant explosion startled us, but we laughed it off and went on with our meal. A classmate of mine, tho Leggi tutto
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