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The 13th Apostle: A Novel of a Dublin Family, Michael Collins, and the Irish Uprising Hardcover – February 4, 2014
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Anyone who’s ever doubted the truth of William Faulkner’s famous assertion that the past is never deadit’s not even past” should read Dermot McEvoy’s The 13th Apostle. McEvoy gives us the story of the Irish War for Independence in all its vivid, intimate, squalid, intricate, heroic, and tragic immediacy. The dust and cobwebs are dispelled. Sepia turns technicolor. In McEvoy’s hands, the past lives, breathes and walks among us. This is historical fiction of a rare and wonderful sort.”
Peter Quinn, author of Banished Children of Eve on The 13th Apostle
The 13th Apostle is a compelling blow-by-blow account of the efforts Michael Collins led to bring independence to Ireland.” Publishers Weekly
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However, I was confused by some of McEvoy's artistic decisions (to the point I mentioned them to a friend as a source of frustration in an otherwise enjoyable book). The story is framed by Eoin's death as a very old man, and his grandson and granddaughter-in-law going through his possessions and finding his diary. The diary provides the first-person narrative which is the majority of the book. However, the interludes of Johnny 3 and his wife are clunky and distractingly sexual. In almost every chapter that includes them, they devolve into sexual contact, which seems extremely out of place and against the tone of the book itself. For example, as the couple take a break and walk around St. Stephens Green and note how historical the area is, Johnny 3 gets an erection and presses it against his wife in an embrace. Just out of nowhere. In the middle of the Michael Collins' story. The other distracting feature is the abandonment of the first-person narrative to an unexplained third-person perspective in separate chapters. I found this distracting while reading the book, but it is explained literally in the last page of the novel.
Despite these faults, if you have an interest in the ins and out of how Michael Collins outsmarted the Empire, I recommend this book. The faults are easily ignored, and the main story is well told.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An easy way to learn some history about the complex birth of a wonderful country.Published 2 months ago by Mary Anne McLaughlin
This book is a great read with great historical facts....I wanted so much to believe that Eoin and Roisin were factual people in Michael Collin's life.Published 3 months ago by Kitty Gagen
The 13th Apostle is in my top 10 favorite books of all time... I am a huge fan of Michael Collins and this telling of of his story through his fictional right hand man is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by jamesh-lantern-media
With the 100th anniversary of the Rising next year this is a book that brings that time alive. Captivating and moving in how one man so loved Ireland.Published 8 months ago by Bruce E. Blakeslee
A great book that gave me a new appreciation of the history of Ireland's match to independence.Published 11 months ago by Cape Cod Al
Really enjoyed the book and appreciated all the research that went into it, even though the main character was fictional, everyone else was straight from Irish history.Published 14 months ago by bjriley