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Martyrs and Traitors: A Tale of 1916 Paperback – September 18, 2011
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Those are the salvos that are thrust out and never brought to consciousness. By her microscopic analyses, Neary raises her voice in the small of the day to day to create a vision that we still idealize, and that does not go away. Reality of the past becomes the nostalgia of the modern day, and Neary has captured both with an often lyrical, but always insightful pen. We know Bulmer lived because he suffered and because he dared to dream. Though she would fie on romanticism with a viper's sword , Neary transcends her genre and goes beyond tough times to create a perfect world.Read more ›
~ Jeff Gephart, author of Out of Dark Places and The Second Life
This quote from Marina Julia Neary's bio, although placed at the end of the novel, is a perfect place to begin my thoughts on it. `Martyrs and Traitors' is a complex and character driven historical fiction that goes below the textbook surface of historic events and the people involved in them, and highlights the clash of cultures and motives, foolishness and courage that so often underlie them. Its theatrical, dialogue-rich style employs a multitude of players in the lead up to the Irish Easter Rebellion of 1916, its dramatic and bloody realization, and the subsequent building of the new Irish state, weaving their stories into that of the Quaker Ulsterman and atypical revolutionary, Bulmer Hobson. Too often a mere footnote in history, Hobson was somewhat of an anti-hero, awkward in himself yet (often unrealistically) determined in his beliefs, at times his own worst enemy, brought up to avoid violence but at one point earning the British government's label of "The most dangerous man in Ireland".
Ms. Neary cleverly and unsentimentally develops Hobson's relationships, especially with the women who come and go in his life, including his mother, sister, various lovers, wife, and finally his daughter. Although the novel focuses on Hobson, Ms. Neary leaves us in no doubt that she meant to bring these women to the forefront of the social and political story of Ireland as well as Hobson's, making each of them significant characters in their own right, and offering, for me, some of the most compelling reading in the novel.
Ms.Read more ›
But Martyrs and Traitors is not your usual celebration of the struggle for freedom. Her characters are more nuanced and - surprise of surprises - the women of the fight are given their just position.
If you are of Irish heritage, wished you were, or just plain loved the color green, read this book. And I dare you to try and keep your feet from dancing a little jig at the end of the tale. (Kenneth Weene, author of Widow's Walk, Memoirs From the Asylum, and the soon to be released Tales From the Dew Drop Inne: Because there's one in every town [...])
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This author sought me out because of her writer friend, Iryna Combs, the Author of “Black Wings”, which can be found within my blog. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Deneale's Book Buzz
A Great Historical Novel
Martyrs and Traitors is a great historical novel, portraying Irish life and nationalism a century ago. I loved it. Read more
It was a privilege to read this book, the reasons are numerous, I will say this is one of the best historical fiction books I have read this year. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Raven Alexander
With _Never Be at Peace_, Marina Julia Neary opens up to readers’ awareness and imagination the world that existed behind the 1916 Easter Rebellion, the Irish Republican... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lisl Zlitni
I am a researcher into Fenians and Fenianism and not given to reading novels but rather dry, heavily footnoted tracts on Irish Nationalism. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Michael Ruddy
Marina Julia's Neary's Martyrs and Traitors: A Tale of 1916 is a very intimate and enlightening portrait of John Bulmer Hobson, a very complex man who not only was greatly... Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by J. J. McInerney
Irish history is more about bloodshed than shamrocks, from defending against external invaders to fighting brother against brother. M.J. Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The novelist who takes historical events as the backdrop to a story about people who were involved in them has an opportunity to add a dimension to those events not granted to the... Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by Alan Hamilton
Having very little knowledge of Irish history, reading M.J. Neary's two books, Brendan Malone and now Martyrs and Traitors, has provided a vivid story for me of the Irish Uprising... Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by Jean Rodenbough