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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
Excellent, well-researched multi-generation novel of Ireland, 19-20 century!Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Uris is a little wordy for me, but I've enjoyed learning so much about the history of Ireland on a personal level and particularly how the Catholic church keeps people from daring... Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. A. Kelsey
Started but OMG..long nanny story. Would prefer as Audible but can't find.Published 1 month ago by Wheeler Edwards
I read it about 30 yrs. ago and was interested in re-reading it after seeing an Irish Rebellion special on the tube. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hugh Arnold
Great historical fiction, beginning with the potato famine and ending with Conor Larkin's revolution. I read large numbers of books every year. This book is in my top 10. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ellen hayden
a classic history that answers many questions.
A very rewarding read.