All'inizio degli anni Cinquanta, dopo un lungo esilio negli Stati Uniti, Henry Smart torna nella sua Irlanda. Ma l'eroe della guerra di indipendenza, l'uomo di fiducia di Michael Collins, è ormai l'ombra di se stesso. Solo, affranto, deve rimettere insieme i ricordi: la sua misera infanzia, il riscatto nelle file dell'IRA e l'incontro con la donna della sua vita. A dipanare i ricordi lo costringe John Ford, il grande regista, che lo ingaggia come co-sceneggiatore per girare un film sulle sue imprese. Si intitolerà Un uomo tranquillo, e la parte del protagonista sarà interpretata da John Wayne. In un crescendo di surreali scambi di opinioni con il regista, Henry si rende conto, però, che le regole di Hollywood impongono di trasformare la sua storia in un polpettone sentimentale.
Esasperato, preferisce ritirarsi a vivere un'esistenza anonima, la cui illusione si infrange anni dopo, quando Henry Smart viene "scoperto" dai nuovi militanti della Provisional IRA, che vedono in lui un eroe dimenticato, da celebrare tra raduni e comizi, obbligandolo a nuove scelte di campo.
- ISBN: 8860882060
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 421
I’ll sum up this trilogy thus: First book was amazing and the best of the lot. Second book was borderline terrible with a ridiculous storyline. This third book was in between the other two. Average. Not nearly as good as the first but much improved over the second.
The final installment in Doyle's trilogy is a bit of a mess. For starters, the inclusion of the Ford material at the beginning of the book doesn't allow Doyle's minimalist, speedy prose and plot to pull the reader in at the outset. This means that the first 100 pages or so are a bit of a slog, even t Leggi tutto
Roddy Doyle's trilogy about the fight for Irish independence in the 20th century exploded in 1999 with its incandescent first volume, A Star Called Henry. Full of violence and blarney and harrowing escapes, the novel opens in 1901 with the birth of Henry Smart, who quickly grows into a ferocious kil Leggi tutto
Many years passed between my reading of the first two books of this trilogy, A Star Called Henry and Oh, Play That Thing , and my digging this out of our bargain bins at work. Here's what I remember about Henry Smart: he grew up in extreme poverty in Dublin, joined the IRA at an early age, took part Leggi tutto
This is an essential piece of literature, a reflection on a pivotal element of the 20th century, one that remains relevant today, and the book itself an excellent reminder on why. The Dead Republic is itself a sequel, actually the third book in a trilogy. Aside from a series of references to Louis Ar Leggi tutto
The Dead Republic is the third installment in a trilogy, the second part of which I did not read. I was heartened by various reviews that the book could stand alone, and while I was very glad that I'd read the initial installment ( A Star Called Henry , 1999, which I enjoyed immensely), I seemed to mu Leggi tutto
See my review of this book as part of my review of the trilogy https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... Volume 3. The Dead Republic 2010 The story in Vol 3 takes off with Henry’s arrival in the heart of the movie making industry. John Ford has ambitions to break away from Westerns to make an Irish film Leggi tutto
Despite not having read the first two of this trilogy, this one is a solid novel on its own due to the omnipresent past of Ireland's Troubles participating like an active character. The two halves of this tale are connected on a thin line drawn between Hollywood, California and the holy land of Irel Leggi tutto
The third in a trilogy -- and the only one in the series I've read -- picks up the later life of Henry Smart, an IRA hero, first in cahoots with Hollywood director John Ford, later as the mascot/totem/source-of-legitimacy for 1980s-1990s provisionals (though he is not exactly who they think he is).
Pros and cons: I can only see one minus in the story, which to me is the first part of the book. I found that part (if you don't mind me saying) cold and hard to get in sink with the hero of the story. I do anderstand that that's the part when Henry is not himself and is trying to remember and find h Leggi tutto
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