The dead republic
Roddy Doyle
Vintage Books

Another memoir of Henry Smart, Irish republican and star of many historic events. Only he wasn’t, this is fiction told as fact. Like forest gump Henry has been placed into the lexicon of Irish history. 

It’s a good way to tell a story. Pick an event, plant a person and tell it in their eyes. This book speaks of a time when communists were taking over Hungary and China, when places called Israel and Republic of Ireland were only beginning. It’s an historic tale of how Henry Smart helped shape events. Or not as the case more likely was


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