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. Absolutely loved this book Very easy to understand and accurate for a historical fiction

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. The mid 70 s to early 80 s was a time fraught with danger in Northern Ireland As an expat living and working in England I am well versed to understand the mindset of the various embattled groups that continued to carry on a war of attrition not only against the so called enemy police and army but eually against each other and if you happened to be of the wrong religion residing in the perceived wrong locality intimidation was an everyday occurrenceCal McCluskey and his dad were a catholic family living in a predominately protestant localityhe could not bear to look up and see the flutter of Union Jacks and now the red and white cross of the Ulster flag with it red hand Cal was often the target of insults taunting and intimidation but he tried to ignore picking up his Giro on a regular basis and hanging around street corners ripe pickings for paramilitary scouts So he helped with the cause and when needed would act as a driver for his fellow republicans Crilly and Skeffington With so much free time and little hope of a job in this divided land he was often to be seen perusing books and cassettes in the local library where one day he notices a new woman behind the counter What follows is a beautifully written story of a love affair that is doomed to failure from the start Cal holds a secret that if revealed to Marcella would end their relationship as he is torn between loyalties to his friends and honesty to his loverThe language and descriptive prose of the author reminded me of the many years I lived in a country riddled with hypocrisy and bigotrythe weight and darkness of Protestant Ulster with its neat stifled Sabbath towns people were dying everyday men and women were being crippled and turned into vegetables in the name of Ireland An Ireland which never was and never would beI like the look of Donegal where nothing grows Beaches bogs and mountainsThe parade led by Evangelists screaming about sin and death and damnationThe ending when it happens is unexpected and sudden in its execution and brutality but I felt that it suited so well the time and events in such a deeply divided community Highly Recommended

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. This is a brilliantly constructed story set in the recent history of the Troubles that have beset the Irish peoples Everyone is real as is the action Cal s struggles are painful to read and the ending of this book is abrupt and yet one of the most dramatic of any book I have read The dilemmas and hardships Cal has to endure are tenderly expressed as he struggles to find his way in a country riven by sectarian violence and religious intolerance Great read


13 thoughts on “ Cal AUTHOR hideawaystudio.co.uk

  1. says:

    "Cal" is a hard hitting, compassionate story about a young Catholic man caught up in the sectarian strife of No

  2. says:

    This is a brilliantly constructed story set in the recent history of the Troubles that have beset the Irish peoples. Everyone is real as is the action. Cal's struggles are painful to read and the ending of this book, is abrupt and yet one of the most dramatic of any book. I have read. The dilemmas and hardships Cal has to endure ar

  3. says:

    A bleak portrait of a young Catholic man Cal living with his father in a Protestant Housing Development in Northern Ireland. Cal's life is one of poverty, living on the dole and going nowhere fast. Cal is involved

  4. says:

    As the son of Irish Immigrants, I felt the sadness and frustration of Cal as he tries to make something of his life despite being tormented and harassed both by the British invaders and his own Irish peers. Heartbreaking.

  5. says:

    Interesting personal view of the difficult life for a young man during this time in history in Ireland. Ends like there should be a sequel.

  6. says:

    Absolutely loved this book. Very easy to understand and accurate for a historical fiction

  7. says:

    Well written, it made you feel like you were living each moment with all of them

  8. says:

    Read it.

  9. says:

    The mid 70's to early 80's was a time fraught with danger in Northern Ireland. As an expat living and working in England I am well ve

  10. says:

    The elements that deal with ordinary life in the Troubles are convincing and make this a worthwhile insight. It should be good as Mr MacLaverty has the personal experience to draw on. A very good description of

  11. says:

    … this love story is flawlessly executed and should lead the reader to McLaverty’s short stories. Gripping in it’s emotional range and power. Superior in every way to the Helen Mirren film itself a work with

  12. says:

    A thoughtful,empathetic , unsettling and sometimes an uncomfortable read demonstrating so very clearly that nothing is black and white. I first read this twenty years ago and it has lost none of its poignancy.

  13. says:

    Compulsively readable as ever with MacLaverty. Underneath the deceptively simple language is a profound meaning and truth. The characterisation rings true and you can smell the atmosphere of the troubles on every page. Highly recommended.