The Dead Republic (2020)

The Dead Republic The triumphant conclusion to the trilogy that began with A Star Called Henry Roddy Doyle s irrepressible Irish rebel Henry Smart is back and he is not mellowing with age Saved from death in California
  • Title: The Dead Republic
  • Author: Roddy Doyle
  • ISBN: 9780670021772
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The triumphant conclusion to the trilogy that began with A Star Called Henry Roddy Doyle s irrepressible Irish rebel Henry Smart is back and he is not mellowing with age Saved from death in California s Monument Valley by none other than Henry Fonda, he ends up in Hollywood collaborating with legendary director John Ford on a script based on his life Returning to IrelanThe triumphant conclusion to the trilogy that began with A Star Called Henry Roddy Doyle s irrepressible Irish rebel Henry Smart is back and he is not mellowing with age Saved from death in California s Monument Valley by none other than Henry Fonda, he ends up in Hollywood collaborating with legendary director John Ford on a script based on his life Returning to Ireland in 1951 to film The Quiet Man which to Henry s consternation has been completely sentimentalized he severs his relationship with Ford His career in film over, Henry settles into a quiet life in a village north of Dublin, where he finds work as a caretaker for a boys school and takes up with a woman named Missus O Kelly, whom he suspects but is not quite sure may be his long lost wife, the legendary Miss O Shea After being injured in a political bombing in Dublin in 1974, Henry is profiled in the newspaper and suddenly the secret of his rebel past is out Henry is a national hero Or are his troubles just beginning Raucous, colorful, epic, and full of intrigue and incident, The Dead Republic is also a moving love story the magnificent final act in the life of one of Roddy Doyle s most unforgettable characters.
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    1. 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 though they set up Henry as a metafictional protagonist even so than in the other two volumes He s the creator and star of his own life Existentialist No.Metafictional Yes In the first part, Henry and [...]

    2. 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 killer and a hilariously voracious lover with an ego as big as Dublin Doyle had already garnered a broad audience with The Commitments 1987 and won a Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha 1993 , but with [...]

    3. 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 in the Easter Rising in 1916, married his former schoolteacher, the ravishing Miss O Shea, fought at her side during the Civil War, became a political liability to the new government, fled with Miss O S [...]

    4. 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 I was not really clear how the two halves of the book related to one another until right at the end the IRA had been image making via Smart even during the Ford section, though we don t find out about it until [...]

    5. 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 himself After reading little then 100 pages I started warming up to our hero, and from that point on I could not put the book down I would like to see little warm parts of the hero before page 100.Wonderf [...]

    6. I loved A Star Called Henry, skipped the next in the series due to poor reviews, and came to this one.I enjoyed the first chapters, especially the way that the intervening lost years of Henry Smart are gradually filled in or just hinted at The telling of Henry s relationship with major movie director producer John Ford and his enotourage of stars such as John Wayne, Maureen O Hara etc is clever and absorbing.Unfortunately, once Henry is plonked back in Ireland, the plot becomes non existant It s [...]

    7. Henry Smart returns in the final volume of Doyle s account of an Irish revolutionary in the Twentieth century In the course of the novel Henry ages from early fifties to 108 years old This speaks volumes about the novel s plausibility as a whole, but it is a lot of fun, makes many serious points about Irish history and also packs a strong sense of menace in its latter stages when the Provisional IRA become involved I found this a very readable, entertaining story, especially the first part which [...]

    8. I missed the fact that this is the final part of a trilogy when I bought it I just wanted to buy something by Roddy Doyle before I moved out of Ireland, and this one was on sale Nevertheless, it was a fascinating read, although the first half was a bit confusing The book definitely requires a pretty good grasp of Irish history although I don t know how much of that is covered in the first 2 books , but it s a really touching look at the Ireland that the 1916 rising gave birth to, for better or w [...]

    9. The closing part of Roddy Doyle s trilogy of the 20th century history of Ireland as evidenced through Henry Smart, his larger than life hero, was published last April to no great acclaim, it has to be said newspaper reviews were not particularly favourable while, so far, the UK site has an unprecedentedly low number of reviews three for a book by a major author It took me than six months to discover it and I have had an eye out for it over the past few years since the publication of the second [...]

    10. 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 muddle through the references to the second book without too much trouble I got off to a shaky start the first section of the book is set in Los Angeles and Monument Valley, Utah, where the narrator, Henr [...]

    11. It would have been nearly impossible for Roddy Doyle to have maintained the frenetic pace and possibly the high quality of his history of Ireland in the 20th century as seen in the person of Henry Salt, The Last Roundup That may be intentional and in the long run for the best, as this final chapter of Salt s saga joins him as he starts to feel the strain of his own tempestuous history and the speed with which we ve been given the two previous books would have been noticeably out of place.At the [...]

    12. Although fictional, this book made me think of what it must truly be like for individuals who were part of the IRA movement in the early part of the 20th century living in the last 30 years in Ireland In particular, how strange it must have been for them to watch the next generations try out movements of their own including the hunger strikes of the 1980s Further, what if you were in the IRA and every step you have ever taken had been engineered for you in other words, you have been set up ALL T [...]

    13. Well, I really wanted to like this book because I loved the first two novels in the trilogy, A Star Called Henry and Oh, Play That Thing So, what made this one fall short, for me For one thing, if you don t read the previous books, this probably won t stand well on its own Even having read them but some time ago I found difficult, obscure, the references to previous characters, events, revelations I felt like Roddy Doyle wrote this to satisfy himself, round out the story in his own mind, without [...]

    14. I loved the first book, A Star Called Henry, I ve missed the second book in the trilogy Oh, Play That Thing and now just completed the final volume I was fairly gripped, while reading it, Doyle s voice is always engaging with his ear for dialogue and his humour In this book Henry Smart, the mythic hero slowly turns to frail old man, part of Ireland s history as a participant in the Easter Rising, but with shady secrets that could undermine the glory The story of the iconic status of the ageing H [...]

    15. Di Roddy Doyle ho letto quasi tutti i libri, anche quelli per l infanzia Adoro il suo spirito, la sua capacit di narrare storie divertenti e drammatiche, mescolando un sapore agrodolce a personaggi realmente vivi e tridimensionali Mi ha deluso solo poche volte Anzi, l unico libro che non ho apprezzato moltissimo stato Una stella di nome Henry Al punto che non ho mai comprato il seguito che, vado a memoria, si intitola Un volto gi visto o qualcosa di simile Complice un po di trascuratezza da part [...]

    16. This 3rd book in the trilogy about Henry Smart the IRA follows from his return to Ireland, and his reconnection to the IRA, after being injured in an explosion set off by Unionists For the IRA he becomes a tool to motivate new recruits by being presented as a main figure of the 1916 Easter uprising the battle of the GPO, and as one of the initial MPs of the Irish parliament which he was not He enjoys the role of being moved around both South North Ireland, and presented as an honored elder of th [...]

    17. Dit is deel 3 van de Henry Smart trilogie, maar sluit eigenlijk het meest aan bij het eerste deel A star called Henry Dat boek benaderde naar mijn gevoel de perfectie en zou van mij 6 sterren krijgen als die zouden bestaan Geen wonder dat een vervolg altijd een tikje tegenvalt Een tikje, want Henry Smart blijft een star Het is een volkse jongen die bijna op zijn Forrest Gumps maar veel geloofwaardiger en bijlange niet zo geforceerd een belangrijke rol speelt in de Ierse republikeinse geschiedeni [...]

    18. I highly recommend this trilogy to anyone who likes Ireland Overall the books are fun and maintain a light hearted air even though they are dealing with assassins, revolution, losing ones family, and all sorts of heavy things.In this book Henry Smart makes his return to Ireland where danger lurks at every turn There is lots of reminiscing about his involvement in the 1916 revolution, but as time goes on he gets and involved in the 1980s IRA action as a very old man His relationship with his lo [...]

    19. I didn t read the book jacket I should have I would have prefered to read the two prequils in this trilogy I like Roddy Doyle I loved Paddy Clarke Ha Ha I read it when I was challenging myself by reading good works written in patois i.e Toni Morrison, Jamaica Kincaid, etcThe first quarter or third of this novel is a tough read I was uncomfortable Probably no , however, than the protagonist, Henry Smart, who is narrating the story His amnesia, confusion, and idosyncrisies are irritating at best b [...]

    20. Question one You are a former Irish Republican Army hit man A famous director John Ford wants to make a movie about your life, only he changes everything What do you do Question two You re a former IRA hit man who had to change you identity and go into hiding to avoid being on the receiving end of a no come back job Will you ever be able to reassemble your former life Not the wet work, but the relationships with your wife and two children In THE DEAD REPUBLIC, Doyle reintroduced Henry Smart, his [...]

    21. 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 Ireland where director John Ford moves his film crew to shoot the story of Henry Smart, the protagonist of the trilogy This connection sort of works because Ford did shoot his Academy Award winnning The Qu [...]

    22. I ve been following Roddy Doyle since Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha and thoroughly enjoyed the Barrytown trilogy that came before but I ve been finding this series on the struggle for Ireland s independence a bit of a struggle The issue for me is that Henry Smart is not a particularly likeable character although in true Doyle style, the dark wit and storytelling still engages the reader I liked The Dead Republic better than the others in the series it feels as though Henry has grown up a touch and is now [...]

    23. Being type A, I simply must finish Roddy Doyle s trilogy, The Last Round Up The first of the series was marvelous The second was, conversely, simply not very good I understand from other reviews that the last, The Dead Republic, will save the set from the trash bin of the not recommended I have now finished The Dead Republic The first half of this volume finishing Doyle s trilogy was as generally unimpressive as the second of the series However, the last half was completely the opposite Rich wit [...]

    24. Spoiler Alert I enjoyed this series, I really did You definitely have to be in the right mindset to pick it up and curl up and read In order, I adored A Star Called Henry, tolerated Play that Thing and enjoyed The Dead Republic What a creative way to learn about Irish republicanism in the 20th century Though at times Doyle s writing style was difficult to follow, it was also so very different that it kept you enthralled and you so very much wanted and waited for a happy ending I loved the life l [...]

    25. I just I don t know I truly loved the first book of this trilogy, was a little disappointed in the second, and just really felt myself struggling through this I don t know if that s the book or me, though There was definitely still plenty of Henry Smart to love and be infuriated with , but the part of Ireland s political strife that actually occurred during my lifetime was harder for me to understand in this context than the 1916 events of A Star Called Henry Maybe Doyle assumed his readers woul [...]

    26. A Star Called Henry is one of my favourite novels so I was really looking forward to this It didn t disappoint although the first part did drag a little and was written in a rather peculiar style Nevertheless, once the John Ford aspect of the novel was dealt with and Henry was back in Ireland it really started to deliver Once again, I learned a lot and it was great to relive some of those dark days of my childhood although I was in England watching it all on TV, not suffering in NI.There is an a [...]

    27. roddy Doyle has written some great books that I would recommend to anyone, but this isn t one of them I read the two previous novels in this trilogy and the first one, a Star Called Henry, was great This final instalment is interesting, and I did feel, once I had decided to work at reading this, that I could identify with the main character But although there were some really nice sections and the language, inlaces, was great and well up to Roddy Doyle s normal standard, on the whole it was a di [...]

    28. When it comes to books in a series, readers often differ as to which one is their favorite, and The Dead Republic is no exception Several critics found the byzantine Irish politics and the slower pace Henry is no longer a spry young assassin, after all a bit of a letdown But others greatly enjoyed Doyle s final entry, which, although less action packed than the first two entries, offers a thought provoking account of the mythology surrounding modern Irish history To sum it up Doyle s latest is b [...]

    29. A sobering conclusion to Doyle s trilogy Violent and tender, the story traces the slow erosion of the revolutionary ideals of the Easter Uprising on nearly a century of cynical political realism and human frailty And yet something remains of the original spirit of Republicanism in Doyle s characters their fierce love, loyalty and shame In many ways the troubles of the Smart family reflect the emotionally and geographically divided territories of Ireland itself The Dead Republic deftly explores t [...]

    30. This is the third part of the trilogy that began with A STAR CALLED HENRY which I didn t like I didn t read the second book I read the third because I saw that it involved Henry working with John Ford on The Quiet Man and becoming angry when his republican story was not the one that was told in the film And his tale moves on from there Despite the facts that Doyle obviously knows so much about the controversies about The Quiet Man and so much about 20th century Irish history and about Ernie O Ma [...]

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