Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle shines with this epic conclusion to the saga of his indomitable Irish rebel Henry Smart. Chronicling nearly 25 years of history, The Dead Republic finds Smart working closely with, then violently severing ties to, legendary Hollywood director John Ford and eventually returning to Ireland in the 1950s. Desiring a quiet retired life in a small village north of Dublin, his life is further thrown into tumult by IRA uprisings and a surprising reunion with a woman who may just be his long-lost wife.
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by Roddy Doyle
by Liz Jensen
by William Trevor
by Arthur Phillips
by Stephen R. Donaldson
by Val McDermid
by James Heneghan
by Luke Scull
by Mick Herron
by Herbie Brennan
"Gerard Doyle has a marvelous way with the old-man voice of Henry Smart in the final part of Doyle's trilogy. It's like those moments when you look at an old man and see the boy he once was. This last installment of Henry's life is perhaps not the place to meet him, as big parts of his story are missing, and it's not instantly clear that they've simply been told elsewhere rather than forgotten due to some amnesiac part of the plot. What is told here, though, is moving and winning as old Henry becomes the living symbol of historic events that in ironic truth he wasn't present for. Doyle's vocal portrait is deft, lyrical, and often funny, and adds palpably to all that makes Henry so utterly charming throughout this trilogy. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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