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In the Land of Youth recounts the rivalry between the courtly Queen Meave and Eochaid, the earthy king. It is filled with scenes of ribaldry and revelry and acts as a prelude to Maeve’s war with the men of Ulster.Stephens's two novellas, Deirdre (1923) and In the Land of Youth (1924), are drawn from the Ulster cycle of Irish mythology. They were intended to be part of a fiIn the Land of Youth recounts the rivalry between the courtly Queen Meave and Eochaid, the earthy king. It is filled with scenes of ribaldry and revelry and acts as a prelude to Maeve’s war with the men of Ulster.Stephens's two novellas, Deirdre (1923) and In the Land of Youth (1924), are drawn from the Ulster cycle of Irish mythology. They were intended to be part of a five-volume work, recounting the great Irish epic: An Táin Bó Cuailgne (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), but Stephens abandoned the idea, discouraged by critical reaction....

Title : The Insurrection in Dublin
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ISBN : 9781428052802
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Number of Pages : 397 Pages
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The Insurrection in Dublin Reviews

  • Max Nemtsov
    2019-03-15 06:40

    Написанный за несколько дней и изданный по горячим следам отчет очевидца о Пасхальном восстании, очень личный. Позиция у Стивенза настолько тут человечна (а не политична), что можно многое понять об этом сложном и болезненном «стокгольмском синдроме» ирландцев к англичанам (то, что дублинцы восстания не поддержали и не поняли, факт широко известный, но этим все не ограничивается). Бесценны такие записки обывателей, хочу я сказать.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-13 08:37

    Read this my last day in Dublin, and wish I'd read it my first as it is a detailed account of the week of the Easter rising as Stephens was walking about the city trying to find out what was happening. It has a beautiful immediacy, and is written from the point of view of a writer involved in the radical renaissance but not in the rising itself, so sympathetic but still very open about the widespread initial sentiment against the rising from the knots of folk he spoke with in the street. It has a couple of quick but lovely portraits of those involved whom he knew. You couldn't ask for a better sense of how widespread in Dublin the rising was (I had always thought it took place only at the post office, but it was spread across a much wider area, in the castle and St Stephen's green), and what the city felt like during the week of fighting. That was marvelous, as are the pictures inserted in the middle!

  • Sally Ewan
    2019-03-05 12:36

    This is a first-hand account of the Easter Rising in 1916, published in October of the same year. Stephens wrote what he saw and heard, and the account is riveting in its straightforwardness: "the city is at war and here's what I know." Very little, as it turns out, as there is a lot of walking around talking to others, trying to find out what is happening.With today's instantaneous information, it seems hard to imagine this uncertainty if something so dire was to befall us, but then again, who hasn't watched the talking heads on TV go on and on about some breaking news when they really have very little factual material to share? We haven't come that much farther.

  • Ruby
    2019-02-20 11:47

    I read the free Kindle edition. It gave a real sense of being a man-on-the-street during a turbulent time. James Stephens was an articulate patriot who, given the state of news dissemination in 1916, had little idea what was actually going on around him even though he was an eye-witness to some of the public actions in the Easter Rising. Also, Stephens used a very accessible style. Reading the book was like getting a series of letters from a friend.

  • Dave
    2019-03-13 05:37

    This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising so I decided to re-read this book as each day unfolded but I did finish one day early. The rising ended 100 years ago tomorrow which was then followed by executions. I love the immediacy this history was told with and the chapters covering after the rising are very informative. Overall I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in Irish 20th century history.

  • Linda Kenny
    2019-03-01 11:42

    I am taking an on-line course on the Irish rebellion and found this book on my shelf of Irish history. Stephens' daily account of the Easter Rebellion added insight on the impact of the rebellion on the daily life of Dubliners. No paper, no bread, no milk, sleepless nights, not being able to head to work. His summary at the end was prophetic.

  • Chad Malone
    2019-03-01 04:38

    An interesting book about and was written during the events of the rising and Insurrection in Dublin of Easter week in 1916. As the writer was trying to figure out what was happening. You felt like you were there with him as it was happening. Truly a great read if you are into history, Ireland, war and so forth.

  • Martín Castagnet
    2019-03-09 11:36

    Un auténtico hallazgo de los editores de Godot. Así es como se viven las revoluciones: menos románticas que lo imaginado, más rumor que hecho, y sin una opinión precisa por parte de sus testigos. Es impactante la clarividencia de Stephens, que escribió el diario a medida en que se desarrollaba la semana pero al terminar trazó una radiografía de los próximos cincuenta años de historia irlandesa.

  • Terry
    2019-02-18 08:55

    Precision and economy in a war story that reads like poetryIt's short; you can easily read the book in under two hours, but I can't, nor will I upon the second reading.

  • Antonio Delgado
    2019-03-06 06:54

    Stephens’ testimonial narrative about the Easter Uprising of 1916 describes the daily uncertainties for common people during the days of its course, but also the contradictory feeling regarding its political motivations and consequences. In addition, his ideas in relationship to the future of Ireland after the Easter Uprising are still relevant in the discussion of Ireland’s complex political discussion.

  • Josh
    2019-03-03 09:38

    I wasn't sure what to expect with this piece, but I was pleasantly surprised -- if not shocked -- by what I found. That's not to say that this is a work of pure propaganda, or that it goes too far in describing the events of a tumultuous period in a countries history. If anything, it does the events that unfolded due justice and portrays the period of turmoil with mostly unabashed realism. Stephens spares no description of bloodshed and death, and his theoretical and psychological discussions on the events is poignant and appropriate. He does, however, occasionally get into personal squabbles that takes away from the universal message of valiant uprising and courage men, but these moments are few and forgettable. I don't know would be better: reading the novel and then going to Dublin, or visiting the city and then reading Stephens' account. Personally, I went with the latter, finding out about the novel more than three years after visiting the city. Thus, I was able to visualize the scenes according to the landscape that I remembered, placing he dead horses where they laid and the barricades appropriately high in front of the Post Office. Connecting with history like that truly gave me a better appreciation for what unfolded, and reading this personal account only made the reality that much more palpable. Sparked by this account, I look forward to reading more on the events of the revolt in Dublin and the Easter Rising. And if all the accounts to follow are as riveting as Stephens', then I'm certainly in for a rousing bit of history lessons.

  • Nicola Pierce
    2019-03-04 06:50

    A hundred years later and there are a hell of a lot of books about Easter 1916 in all different sizes and prices but I strongly recommend this little account of the rising as witnessed by Dublin writer James Stephens. He explains that his book is not a history of the rising and it's not -in fact it's much better than that because James is writing day by day as the confusion unfolded about what exactly was going on. The reader accompanies Stephens to and fro from his job as he gradually becomes aware that something is afoot in Dublin. It certainly appears that most citizens hadn't a clue what was going on but it doesn't stop certain types from stating some incredible 'facts' and presenting it as the truth. For instance someone declares that a hundred German submarines are hiding out in the pond in Stephen's Green while another says that thousands of Irish Americans have arrived to join forces with a German army ready to aid the Volunteers against the British in Dublin. You cannot, I think, beat the immediacy and honesty of a diary where the reader only knows as much as the writer does. It won't take more than an hour to read but you'll be surprised at the amount of information you'll gain from it.

  • Ardyth
    2019-02-18 08:46

    Very brief, excellent journal from The Easter Rising of 1916. Stephens does not pretend to give the whole story of The Rising, but only his experience in one corner of Dublin. He closes with some reflections on the state of affairs. I was surprised by this little book. The on-the-ground situation was murkier than I ever knew. Worth the couple hours for anybody interested even slightly in Irish history.

  • Paul Roper
    2019-03-12 08:35

    Written 6 months after the Easter Rebellion of 1916, James Stephen's and his writers eye capture the chaos of Dublin in 1916. A first class history because the writer was THERE, and you can't do better than that, unless you have a time machine...

  • Teresa Darragh
    2019-03-04 12:46

    This was a interesting account about the events that took place over a number of days during the 1916 easter rising that took place in Ireland .