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Biting at the Grave: The Irish Hunger Strikes and the Politics of Despair Paperback – October 31, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0807002094 ISBN-10: 0807002097 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; Reprint edition (October 31, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807002097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807002094
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,423,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

During 1981, 10 IRA prisoners died in hunger strikes as they sought status as political prisoners; among them was unseated Parliament member Bobby Sands, who assumed heroic dimensions at home and abroad. O'Malley "assembles strands of elitism, nationalism and the peculiar sanction of the dead into a powerful and passionate chronicle of a people's yearning," said PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

It would seem impossible for O'Malley to match the depth and insight of his first book on Northern Ireland, Uncivil Wars ( LJ 10/1/83), but he's done it in this book on the 1981 hunger strike in the Maze prison. He balances the stories of the hunger strike, the strikers, their families, leaders, goals, and strategies against the larger picture of the bitter politics of Northern Ireland. It is this context that is the strength of this work, and the book complements the more detailed study of the strikers' positions outlined in David Beresford's Ten Men Dead ( LJ 4/1/89). O'Malley's analysis of the power of myth and tradition enslaving the politics of the whole island, dooming it to tragic repetitions of violence, exposes the very core of the conflict. Highly recommended.
- Richard B. Finnegan, Stonehill Coll., North Easton, Mass.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is definitely not for the uninformed reader.
M. Malloy
I am also not used to reading this type of book and it could be my unfamiliarity with the writing style that makes it a challenging read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1997
Format: Paperback
This is the best book I have found on the subject of the Hunger Strikes of the 1980's. He does a tremendous job of re-creating the pressure that the strikers must have felt and the pain and anguish it caused the families. If anything, I thought that with a name of Padraig O'Malley, a professor at Boston University (or College perhaps, I don't have the book in front of me,) he would be a little more sympthetic to the strikers and the Republicans as a whole.
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By ConsumerAngel on December 1, 2013
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I had to read this for a college class. The book is rather interesting overall, but sometimes it is too wordy. The book itself makes some great points but I like authors that get right to the point.
I am also not used to reading this type of book and it could be my unfamiliarity with the writing style that makes it a challenging read. If you like the subject and don't mind wordiness, read it. The book isn't overly expensive.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Megan S. Hale on May 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I must say I completely disagree with the above reviewers. This book is both comprehensive and detailed. It looks at the hunger strikers in teh context of their culture, their country and their cause. It doesn't have nearly as much of the "oh pity me I went on hunger strike" sentiment that many of the books on the subject, but is far from reviling the strikers. In my own opinion the last thing that Bobby Sands would want is our pity, he would want us to learn something from his efforts and to look at it with a clear eye..something which I think Paidrig does well. It is by far not objective, but objectivity is neither poissible or preferable in my opinion, we all have a lens. I read this in my Irish Studies program at The Evergreen State College and it was one of the best reads ever. It has it's flaws, like all books but I think that for such a sensationalized and under-written subject it is the best available!
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