Thy Tears Might Cease (Arena Books)

Thy Tears Might Cease Arena Books Farrell wrote only one book spent all his life doing so told everybody about it incessantly didn t live long enough to finish it and startled everybody with its excellence when it appeared The book

  • Title: Thy Tears Might Cease (Arena Books)
  • Author: Michael Farrell
  • ISBN: 9780099319306
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • Farrell wrote only one book, spent all his life doing so, told everybody about it incessantly, didn t live long enough to finish it and startled everybody with its excellence when it appeared The book centres on the 1916 period and addresses the confusion in the minds of young men who have not yet discriminated between the relative importance of patriotism and personal suFarrell wrote only one book, spent all his life doing so, told everybody about it incessantly, didn t live long enough to finish it and startled everybody with its excellence when it appeared The book centres on the 1916 period and addresses the confusion in the minds of young men who have not yet discriminated between the relative importance of patriotism and personal survival One of the most irritating questions that all novelists have to field is, How autobiographical is your book In Michael Farrell s case the answer feels as though it must be, totally but as he s not here to speak for himself let us accept it for the stirring fiction he intended to create Frank Delaney in The Guardian

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    1. They just don't write them like this anymore! Michael Farrell's Thy Tears Might Cease is the perfect embodiment of the novel form. It is reminiscent of novels of the nineteenth century, a golden age when novels were more than short blocks of dialogue and action and when a reader's attention span was stretched and held by the poignancy of the themes, depth of the characters, and the beauty of the prose.Thy Tears Might Cease is a classic novel of Ireland's "Troubles" and the coming-of-age story of [...]

    2. Although the first chapters approach a sort of precious nostalgia for childish faith, Farrell's sensitive character development, careful plot structure and deep understanding of the various roots of the Irish Troubles finally work together with that presentation of naive simplicity to create a very powerful narrative.

    3. They don't write books like this any more, for sure. Now there are editors who insist on tight story-telling, clear description and well-rounded characters before undisciplined writers unleash thousands of extra words on the unsuspecting reader. Irish history, landscape and people are fascinating subjects but this book makes them seem turgid, maudlin and moldy.

    4. I was a teenager when I first read this book. Loved it. Later on in Paris, I read it again and still loved it. It is very lyrical and graphically descriptive of those times. Probably the best work of fiction that deals with Ireland's Tan War of 1918 to July 1921. I ended up acquiring it in recent years in a charity shop and now and again thumb through it here and there. The old lyricism is still evident and the telling remains powerful. I love it, but maybe now less so. The author died before he [...]

    5. They really don't write books like this anymore! Absolutely excellent! Michael Farrell clearly has an in depth first hand understanding of this period of history as he puts it to good use in writing this novel. Aside from the historical context it's a great story that covers many issues.

    6. Initially very slow and detail-dense, but worth the slog. It's one of those books where you live in the author's world for the few days you're reading it. Memorable, touching.

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