1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion

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1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion

by Morgan Llywelyn
As told by Morgan Llywelyn

Tom Doherty Associates | January 31, 1999 | Mass Market Paperbound

1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
Ned Halloran has lost both his parents--and almost his own life--to the sinking of the Titanic . Determined to keep what little he has, he returns to his homeland in Ireland and enrolls at Saint Enda's school in Dublin. Saint Enda's headmaster is the renowned scholar and poet, Patrick Pearse--who is soon to gain greater fame as a rebel and patriot. Ned becomes totally involved with the growing revolution...and the sacrifices it will demand.

Through Ned's eyes, 1916 examines the Irish fight for freedom--inspired by poets and schoolteachers, fueled by a desperate desire for independence, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the backdrop of World War I. It is the story of the brave men and heroic women who, for a few unforgettable days, managed to hold out against the might of the British Empire to realize an impossible dream.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 576 pages, 6.69 × 4.21 × 1.19 in

Published: January 31, 1999

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812574923

ISBN - 13: 9780812574920

Found in: Historical
Appropriate for ages: 15 - 15

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite enjoyable and informative. “1916” I chose this book on the recommendation from a friend who loved it. This 521-page novel was written by Morgan Llewellin, and published in 1998 by Tom Doherty Associates, Inc. of New York City. The story revolves around the plight of the Irish people and the terrible suffering they endured because of the great rebellion of 1916. The main character of the story is a young man named Ned Halloran. Ned lost both of his parents, and very nearly his own life, in the sinking of the Titanic. When he returns to Ireland, Ned is enrolled at Saint Edna’s school for boys. The headmaster Padraic Pearse, a renowned scholar and poet, takes a special interest in Ned because of his harrowing experience with Titanic. Mr. Pearse would in time become far more famous for his leading role in Ireland’s fight for independence. Through Ned’s eyes, we witness the events leading up to the Irish Rebellion of 1916, and the courageous fight against a superior force, and the disturbing conclusion. Ned’s love interest, although uncertain at first, becomes Ms. Sile Duffy, a strong willed prostitute who becomes every bit committed to the cause as Ned himself. Along with the inspiring figure of Mr. Pearse, there were other valiant leaders of the rebellion. There was the imposing labour leader and commandant of the Dublin forces, Mr. James Connolly. The always-crisp military figure, Mr. Joseph Plunkett, who, in spite of his increasingly poor health, held the position of Chief of Staff. There was a newspaperman, Henry Mooney, who ultimately saves Ned from certain imprisonment or even worse. Sean McDermott, Thomas MacDonagh and Tom Clark were devoted members of the military council, as well as others who had lesser impact on the story. Mr. Pearce’s younger brother, Willie, had no leadership role but met his death in all likelihood, thanks to his relationship to his older brother Padriac. This fictional story is based on actual events of a small, but important part of Ireland’s quest for independence. It is unavoidably violent, as it is the telling of a battle between two opposing armies, albeit an uneven one. The main character is a young, very likeable man who immerses himself into the fierce struggle. Although the outcome of this upheaval is tragic, and a complete victory truly never possible, the pure commitment the people give to their cause, plants a seed that grows and eventually triumphs over suppression. In cases such as this, people will always sympathize with the underdog. This is a story of a vastly outnumbered force, willingly putting themselves in harm’s way for a notion of freedom and national identity. The cruel and inhumane treatment those brave men and women received in the wake of battle, only increased their resentment towards the ruling power of those times. I enjoyed this book immensely and highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the history and plight of the Irish people. The pace of the book consistently climbed to a breathlessly high summit where I found myself clinging to the dying hope that not all was lost. My only complaint was that the author couldn’t go back in time, and rewrite the ending so that all of those brave men and women could live to see that their sacrifices were not in vain. This book is a reminder to all of Ireland’s children, that a huge debt owed to all of those selfless souls who paid the ultimate price for a vision to be enjoyed by future generations.
Date published: 2009-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1916 Anyone who enjoys history will love this book the fictional character Ned Hollan takes us through a part of history that is well known today. He starts off at a school run by Padrak Pearse and ends up in the conflict of the 1916 uprising in Dublin. We get to truly meet all the individuals of the time: Pearse, his brother Will, Orahilly, Plunkett and many more. Today Ireland is still troubled with religious problems which in the beginning were really more political. A great book to read. Very well researched and brilliant writing.
Date published: 1999-01-11

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1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion

1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion

by Morgan Llywelyn
As told by Morgan Llywelyn

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 576 pages, 6.69 × 4.21 × 1.19 in

Published: January 31, 1999

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812574923

ISBN - 13: 9780812574920

From the Publisher

Ned Halloran has lost both his parents--and almost his own life--to the sinking of the Titanic . Determined to keep what little he has, he returns to his homeland in Ireland and enrolls at Saint Enda's school in Dublin. Saint Enda's headmaster is the renowned scholar and poet, Patrick Pearse--who is soon to gain greater fame as a rebel and patriot. Ned becomes totally involved with the growing revolution...and the sacrifices it will demand.

Through Ned's eyes, 1916 examines the Irish fight for freedom--inspired by poets and schoolteachers, fueled by a desperate desire for independence, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the backdrop of World War I. It is the story of the brave men and heroic women who, for a few unforgettable days, managed to hold out against the might of the British Empire to realize an impossible dream.

From the Jacket

Ned Halloran has lost both his parents, and almost his own life, to the sinking of the Titanic, and has lost his sister to America. Determined to keep what little he has, he returns to Ireland and enrolls at Saint Enda's school in Dublin. Saint Enda's headmaster is the renowned scholar and poet, Patrick Pearse - who is soon to gain greater and undying fame as a rebel and patriot. Ned becomes totally involved with the growing revolution...and the sacrifices it will demand. Meanwhile, in America, his sister feels her own urge toward freedom, both for her native Ireland and herself. Kathleen too becomes involved in the larger struggle, as America's role in the Irish fight for freedom escalates. The novel examines the Irish fight for freedom, which parallels in so many ways America's own bid for independence. For the first time, it gives us a look at the heroic women who were willing to fight and die beside their men for the sake of the future. Above all, 1916 is the story of the valiant patriots who, for a few unforgettable days, held out against the might of empire to realize an impossible dream.

About the Author

Since 1980 Morgan Llywelyn has created an entire body of work chronicling the Celts and Ireland, from the earliest times to the present day. her critically acclaimed novels, both of history and of mythology, have been translated into many languages. She is an Irish citizen and lives in Dublin.

From Our Editors

When Ned Halloran survived the sinking of the Titanic, he also suffered the loss of his parents. Returning home to Ireland, Ned meets up with poet Patrick Pearse, who will figure prominently in the Easter Rising. 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion is a sweeping and riveting look at the mighty fight for Irish independence. Morgan Llywelyn's story follows the unfolding rebellions against the backdrop of the First World War, the British Empire and the brave men and women who gave their lives for Irish freedom.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for 1916 :

"A thunderous, informative read that rises to the challenge...Llywelyn's best work yet." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A marriage of stories and truth that breathes life into history in a way a textbook never could....It is [Llywelyn's] soul's song for Ireland, which is clearly the place of her heart." -- The Knoxville News-Sentinel

"Llywelyn weaves the tapestry of her story with intelligence and skill, and gives us access to a period when the bullets flew and patriots gave their lives for the ideal of freedom." -- San Diego Union-Tribune

Appropriate for ages: 15 - 15