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Trinity Mass Market Paperback – July 25, 2006
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a classic history that answers many questions.
A very rewarding read.
I am a 71 year old Irish Catholic man who read this novel in my youth and was offended.Recently purchased and reread. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel F. Maloney
The paperback is so thick that the book is hard to handle. The pages don't open wide enough to be comfortable and it's difficult to read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book makes you understand why there were so many years of violence .Published 2 months ago by dcar
One of the best books I've read regarding the Irish struggle. Extremely well researched and written. And best of all, truthful!!!Published 3 months ago by WiseOldOwl
I was very pleased with the timeliness in which I received my book. The book was in very good conditionwhen I received it.Published 3 months ago by nannyfanny
The definitive novel about the Irish "troubles" and revolution. Uris has style, content, research, characterization, all down pat. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike Scullin