- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 20 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Judy Leslie
- Audible.com Release Date: April 17, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CEKM1VK
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For the Love of Ireland Audiobook – Unabridged
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Her stories paint a vivid and extremely sad picture of the Irish poor and the unbelievable cruelty of the rich landlords. Margaret is also caught up in a forbidden love for an Irish rebel. I learned a lot of Irish history wrapped around a story of fiction.
FOR THE LOVE OF IRELAND is an accurate historical novel with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure. The characters are based on real people who were involved with the Irish-American organization of Clan na Gael and also others who were involved with the Irish Land League from 1879 through 1889. The Land League raised money to help Irish who were evicted from homes due to high rents charged by the English. I am glad to have read this book to get some background on the somewhat recent history of the animosity that occurs between Ireland and England. I plan on reading more about this period in Irish history.
The fictional part was good, and riled up the feminist in me. Women in the 1800's were treated as possessions, and Margaret Sullivan (our heroine) wrote books and articles in major newspapers under a male pseudonym. In modern terms, Margaret's husband, Alex Sullivan, was a male chauvinist pig and also a criminal. Margaret's infaturation with Michael Davitt, a true life Irish nationalist (member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and founder of the Land League), provided the romance and angst in the story. Apparently people in this time frame were not as quick to jump into bed with others if they were married, and this upstanding fellow respected Margaret's marital status.
The writing was somewhat simplistic, which kept me from giving the book 5 stars. The ending was a little goofy, but the book in general has great historical value and also provides support in how important the role of women can be.
Her story takes place in a fairly recent (19th century) explosive and transitional time in Irish history. She has adopted real characters and woven them into a story of unrequited love (for most of the book) around the actual struggle by the active and passive (mostly active) "rebels" for Irish independence. Having personally lived in the United Kingdom in the 1970's and 1980's I saw a bit of this sectarian explosiveness first hand.
Her main antagonist, Margaret Frances Buchanan Sullivan, is an intelligent and strong-willed woman born in Ireland and moved with her mother to the USA as a child. She is now a journalist with the Chicago Tribune living in Chicago married to Alex Sullivan whom she endures.
On a boat trip to Ireland to conduct research for a book she meets Michael Davitt (real person). Mr. Davitt has been on a fund raising trip to the USA and is heading home to Ireland. As a member/former member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, as many of his associates have, he has served a bit of time in a British prison. She is smitten immediately by his cultured charm, rugged looks and stoical Irish independence stance ("She found him interesting and she liked him immensely"). They part upon reaching England but meet again at Irish M.P. Charles Parnell's (real person) home. Michael visits Charles Parnell's house. The more she is around Michael the more she is drawn to him. However...
Margaret eventually returns home to a husband she really can't stand (reads dime store novels vice classics or history) but tolerates. Her husband does have influence in the American Irish community. As a member of the Clan Na Gael and later president he welds a bit of influence and action behind the scenes. This is where a Clan Na Gael member Henri Le Caron (real person) appears in the story and later has an impact on their lives.
The battle with her husband continues and she returns to Ireland for more research. After various adventures including Alex turning up in Ireland, where after an action scene, Alex will bother her no more. Perhaps Margaret and Michael will live happier ever after?
Excellent first novel that keeps the story moving and provides a bit of education on the Irish "troubles."
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This book was a quick and easy read. There were a very few errors that appeared to be computer generated.Read more