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Ireland Awakening by Edward Rutherfurd


Ireland Awakening

Edward Rutherfurd


Literary Fiction   Historical Fiction   Romantic Fiction   
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This great Irish epic, the second and concluding part which began with Dublin, reveals the story of the people of Ireland through the focal point of the island's capital city.  Rutherfurd is a fantastic storyteller who has created some utterly compelling characters that really bring you into the story and that fit seamlessly into the immensely detailed and authentic historical background.  The book is long, yet hugely accessible and it certainly rattles along at quite a lick.

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Synopsis

Ireland Awakening by Edward Rutherfurd

Following the critically acclaimed success of Dublin, this riveting sequel takes the story of Ireland from the 17th century onwards. Ireland: Awakenings picks up where the former left off – at the Reformation, and with it, the devastating arrival of Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell heralds the inauguration of two hundred years of Protestant dominance, throughout which many of the Irish people were impoverished and dispossessed.Dublin is made a Protestant capital, and Catholics become an underclass.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of Irish political history, the novel revisits family dynasties such as the Walshes and the Doyles, whose epic voyages through the centuries continue right the way up to the twentieth century’s Easter Rising and Independence, passing through turbulent milestones such as The Year of the French and The Independence Movement of Parnell along the way. But literature does not entirely give way to history; the encroaching of the Celtic Dawn and the timeless worlds of W.B. Yeats and James Joyce are also paid rich tribute to, and bring this powerful saga to its conclusion.


Reviews

"Edward Rutherfurd has written about Dublin with love. It is an expertly researched and highly readable account of a place he has grown to know well"   Maeve Binchy, Ireland on Sunday

"The author writes with a charm and an authority that comes from considerable research. This is a really handsome book"   Irish Independent


About the Author

Edward Rutherfurd

Edward Rutherfurd was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and educated at Cambridge University and Stanford University in California. His first book, Sarum was based on the history of Salisbury. London, Russka. and The Forest, all draw on finely researched details of social history. Edward Rutherfurd previously lived in London and New York City but has had a home in Dublin for more than twelve years. He has two children.
 


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  • Wed, 16 Apr 2014 @ 22:25
    Hard at research on the next book. Finding lots of useful material…
  • Sun, 13 Apr 2014 @ 23:47
    Here are two photos from the top of Notre Dame - one from the late nineteenth century and the other from present day http://t.co/4E2FvA2yKe
  • Thu, 10 Apr 2014 @ 21:12
    A big thank you to @Justicestevens for naming me your favorite living author http://t.co/ZncXCsDtCy
  • Tue, 18 Mar 2014 @ 20:38
    Take a look at this series of photos, each of which dissolves from London sixty years ago into the present: http://t.co/zayh2Gsk69
  • Tue, 11 Mar 2014 @ 21:14
    When Hitler came to Paris in 1940, he couldn't go up the Eiffel Tower. Some patriotic resisters had cut the elevator cables #DidYouKnow

Publisher
Arrow Books Ltd

Publication date
2nd March 2006

Categories
Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Romantic Fiction


ISBN
9781844137947
 



















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