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Down a Road All Rebels Run (Hardcover): Mogue Doyle
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Mogue Doyle

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The dark side of the Irish Civil War, as seen from the little burg of Wexford, and recalled by an ex-rebel to his daughter and dead wife. Rather than make guerrilla action against the English overlords seem exciting, Doyle (Dancing with Minnie the Twig, not reviewed) is more interested in the mundane activities of well-meaning but hardly skilled agitators far from the action in Dublin. His protagonist is Jim Rowe, leader of his town's detachment of Irish Volunteers in the troublesome years immediately following World War I. The novel begins rather like a comedy, with Rowe's Volunteers training with sticks and trying to follow the directives of their local brigade commander, who dresses the boys down after a ham-handed attempt to steal guns demonstrates their lack of discipline ("Mavericks would be shot-if the necessary bullets could only be found"). But the war itself is deadly serious: The Black and Tans-sociopathic thugs barely masquerading as British soldiers-are roaming the countryside, terrorizing at will. A number of surprisingly (for the Volunteers) well-planned ambushes go awry and reveal the probable location of a traitor. From then on, the novel slides into cold, fatalistic tragedy, shedding any romantic notions about the glory of battle or the purity of armed resistance. Graceful etchings of ordinary men swept up in the tide of war, trying not to lose their souls along the way. (Kirkus Reviews)
South Wexford, 1920: Jim Rowe is the newly appointed captain of a company of volunteers set up to combat the recent arrival of a battalion of Black and Tans. Responsible for a number of bloody raids and killings elsewhere in the country, the Tans are under strict orders to quell any notions of Irish independence among the local population. Jim is young, idealistic and committed. When the ammunition he needs for his men does not materialize, he gets what he wants - by force - from local smallholders. Emboldened by his success, he starts to plan a far bigger operation: the ambush of the local Tan garrison as they return to base one evening. But Jim's dreams of success turn to fear when he suspects that one of his close friends may not be entirely loyal to the cause. When the Tans come after him, their reprisal is more vicious and more personal than he could ever have imagined. Featuring a cast of ordinary people caught up in the onward march of history, and with writing that swings seeamlessly between past and present, joy and despair, A Troubled Time is a haunting, lyrical novel of political idealism, love, jealousy and a lust for revenge.


Imprint: Bantam Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: February 2005
First published: February 2005
Authors: Mogue Doyle
Dimensions: 180 x 135 x 30mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 229
ISBN-13: 978-0-593-05216-7
Barcode: 9780593052167
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-593-05216-1

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