INSURRECTION by Liam O'Flaherty


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Fine sensitive writing in the best Irish tradition, and a talent for creating a wide range of human experience with a minimum of characters, is evident in this story of a handful of men and their deaths in a lost cause. Among the insurrectionists in the Dublin rebellion of 1916, were Madden, a dangerously slow-witted man, whose disintegrated frustrations are fused and channelled in the act of killing; and in his captain, Kinsella, , intelligent, searching for a a poet, dazed in the aimless beauty and sadness of life; a young boy who is eaten by fear; and a spirited old woman, a wonderful tragic-comic creation who screams, sobs and pleads her way through the violence and death. A vigorous, penetrating study of organized rebellion beside which the Hemingway revolutionists are very cold potatoes. Limited in sales by subject.

Pub Date: April 24th, 1951
ISBN: 0863273750
Publisher: Little, Brown