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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 894 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060827882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060827885
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Leon Uris is a storyteller, in a direct line from those men who sat around fires in the days before history and made the tribe more human." --The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The "terrible beauty" that is Ireland comes alive in this mighty epic that re-creates that Emerald's Isle's fierce struggle for independence. Trinity is a saga of glories and defeats, triumphs and tragedies, lived by a young Catholic rebel and the beautiful and valiant Protestant girl who defied her heritage to join him. Leon Uris has painted a masterful portrait of a beleaguered people divided by religion and wealth--impoverished Catholic peasants pitted against a Protestant aristocracy wielding power over life and death.

"Leon Uris is a storyteller, in a direct line from those men who sat around fires in the days before history and made the tribe more human." --The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Leon Uris (1924-2003) was an author of fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays whose works include numerous bestselling novels. His epic Exodus (1958) has been translated into over fifty languages. Uris's work is notable for its focus on dramatic moments in contemporary history, including World War II and its aftermath, the birth of modern Israel, and the Cold War. Through the massive success of his novels and his skill as a storyteller, Uris has had enormous influence on popular understanding of twentieth-century history.

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Extremely well developed characters.
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In this book Uris' love for the Irish people comes to fruition as he chronicles the early days of the Irish rebellion against the English colonial occupation.
Kate C.
I find myself reading the last thirty pages or so over and over even now, two months after I first finished the book.
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205 of 221 people found the following review helpful By Karen Walsh on June 4, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book from start to finish while sitting on the floor of my bathroom, leaning up against the tub (it was the only room in my apartment with a heater). Around the 400th page I dropped it in a full tub of water by accident, then held the individual pages up to the light so I could continue reading. The last 15 pages took me 2 hours to get through because I was sobbing convulsively and couldn't see through my tears- the words were THAT powerful.
Not only did Uris do an incredible job of helping me understand the basics of 19th century Irish history and events, but both the truth and fiction of the novel connected me to the subject like nothing I've ever experienced. The revelations I had as a result of reading "Trinity" have altered my life permanently. While I always "felt badly" for oppressed cultures, since reading "Trinity" I understand more internally how heartbreaking it can be to live as a member of a subjugated and abused people. Though I have to admit my first instinct upon reaching the last page was to try at all costs to join the IRA (as irrational and impossible as that is), when the tears finally stopped I reluctantly admitted to myself that that was an entirely inappropriate way of directing my anger and adopted pain. Instead, to this day I wish I could go a hundred years back in time and dedicate myself to one of the only causes I know in my soul to have been not only righteous- but not, as Conor feared, hopeless. Since that is impossible, I'm actively looking for a cause that grabs me in a similar way as does the Irish struggle for freedom. Somehow, after reading "Trinity", I'm not as excited as I once was when "Seinfeld" or "Gilligan's Island" comes on TV (not that they don't still make me laugh!)... and that's a good thing.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Kate C. on June 5, 2005
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What makes Leon Uris a gift to modern American writers is his ability to allow himself to become totally engrossed in the story which, in turn, draws the reader in with him.

In this book Uris' love for the Irish people comes to fruition as he chronicles the early days of the Irish rebellion against the English colonial occupation. Unlike his other works such as ARMAGEDDON-where he tries to set forth all points of view regarding a subject-he does not even try to justify the partisan politics of Ireland; the English are bad, the Irish are good.

Whether or not you agree with this one-sided mentality and how he represents the political and religious quagmire that is (and was, and probably always will be) Northern Ireland, this is still a great book.

This was the first Uris book I ever read and this made me an instant die-hard fan. The characters are engaging and endearing, almost making you miss then and resent the book for having ended.

The prose is also vintage Uris (this was when he was playing around with multiple narrators and time-frames and yes, he is at his best in this book). But what gripped me was that I had to take a step back and remind myself that Uris is an outsider to this history and these people-as an American Jew he is extremely sensitive to the subject which makes it all the more engaging.

The book is about 800 pages long, so if you are new to Uris you may want to start with something smaller such as MILA 18 or QB VII. But then again, this book is a testament to Uris' talent for detail and heart-warming characters caught in heart-wrenching events, so don't be shy, the summer is long and so is this book. Sit in the sun and enjoy!

*Disclaimer*: if you get a little emotional with good books (like me) you may want to keep some Kleenex handy for the last chapter.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1999
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Having read this book,I have come to the conclusion it really gives a complete insight into a definite period of Irish history. For example, it clearly distinguishes three very different families. A nationalist, a unionist, and a family of aristocracy. We read how these families think and behave in very different ways. The nationalist family tend to see the situation from a purely Irish point of view. The unionist see things from a British and Irish point of view. Whilst the aristocrat family see things purely in a British way. So the story enlightens us of what is like to live in a land where there is conflict of interest. The author, it seems has done deep and much research before writing this book. One living in Ireland can easily recognise the existence of such families. Therefore it is not diffcult to realise why this country continues to exist in a state of uneasiness. Finally the author should be congratulated on his work and on his insight to the Irish way of living and life. Mr. Sean Haynes
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Tesch on April 22, 2001
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I can't remember being fascinated by a book for quite a long time. But on reading Uris' story of Ireland, I was. "Trinity" covers roughly the thirty years after the 1880s and tells a story mainly about the leading character Conor Larkin, who - being the son of a proud Catholic landowner in the village of Balleytouge in Northern Ireland - becomes more and more involved in the conflict between Protestants and Catholics, Republicans and Loyalists. The author's skill to melt the personal story and the nearly documentary background of especially the Ulster province into one is brilliant. Thus, there's nowhere the clear- cut contrast between the English and the Irish, revealing lots of more facets of a conflict of old. Conor's commitment to the Irish cause is against his own will, leading him into personal tragedies as well. Trinity is a story of love and hate, richness and poverty, freedom and bondage. What makes it outstanding, is its authenticity. The last chapter's heading is: a terrible beauty. This is, what could also be the best definition of the whole book as well. Whoever starts it, will not wish to lay it aside until he's read the last page. A really great book!
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