Download Epub Format ✓ A Star Called Henry PDF by é Roddy Doyle

Download Epub Format ✓ A Star Called Henry PDF by é Roddy Doyle I am water I need to flow I don t have the leisure of thought I don t have the capacity of it I am a part of the picture I flow to the edge of a cliff and I fall, I swerve and dance besides mountains and fields, I am guided by the rocks and pebbles I entertain sundry for a dip into my wetness Sometimes I am placid and calm to the guy with the hat and boots and jacket as he patiently holds the line for a catch I merge into the sea or the ocean and though I may look sedate on the surface, I have an inner turmoil I save but then I destroy too I have a journey, a long one but it is never defined by me I am water I need to flow.
And I am Henry Smart, named after my father Henry Smart, the original one, the one legged one, the bouncer standing at the doors of the whorehouse where every girl s name is Maria My father, a me I have now added a bit at the end of this review thoughts that have later occurred to me.
The making and breaking of an IRA man I didn t quite know what I was getting myself into when I started this one, but I am very glad I did No regrets on reading it I had a hard time with the dialogue, but it shouldn t be different I liked the whole book the start, the middle, the end Easter Monday 1916 read about it through Henry Smart s eyes It stands out, but I won t say why Truly, a good description of why one would become an IRA man awhile another might turn away One can spot Irish literature a mile away I feel there is a tendency to wallow in misery I don t like that Life is grim for many people in many different Together, we pushed and pulled my britches down to my thighs Then Annie grabbed my arse before it had a chance to draw breath Jesus, what s that It was a sheet of twopenny stamps, still stuck to my cheeks a week after Miss O Shea had thrown me down onto them Stamps, I said What are they doing there It was the only way I could smuggle them out You can write to your husband now, Annie, I said The dead can t read, said Annie And he couldn t read, anyway, when he wasn t dead Oh, I said Oh is right.
That sort of thing.
This is the story of Henry Smart, a Dublin slum boy, born in profound poverty in 1901, who survives on the streets by his wits and physical strength His father, Henry Smart senior, is well known around the slums thanks to his wooden leg He is a violent thug and killer for hire, a product of the Dublin slums himself He works as an enforcer for brothel owner Dolly Oblong, and due to his propensity for extreme violence, has to disappear eventually.
Meanwhile, Melody Smart, Henry s mother, struggles everyday in the appalling living conditions of the tenements Worn out by an abysmal diet, repeated pregnancies and infant deaths she gradually goes insane, and meets an early death A surviving sibling, Victor, Henry s younger brother, is his constant companion as they struggle to survive, but he dies of consumption in the street aged 4 Henry is left totally alone Hav Henry Smart is an unforgettable character, ranking in my book with the likes of Oscar Matzerath, Ignatius J Reilly and Aureliano Buendia And this book is a great primer on the Easter Rebellion and the Irish War of Independence, exposing oppressor and oppressed alike as cold blooded killers.
Henry Smart is an assassin, just like his one legged father before him Henry I kills for money while Henry II or Third, because there were many dead babies in this indiscriminately fertile Irish family, all bearing the same first name kills for the cause of Irish nationalism, a cause that betrays him because its leaders are ultimately swayed by commercial temptations to end up common mobsters Henry s survival battle is extreme he is a street kid learning survival from a young age

I waivered between 4.
5 and 5 stars but wanted to reflect how great I found this book I must say at the start that this book probably requires at least a basic knowledge of the history of the Irish Uprising and Anglo Irish war Henry Smart is a survivor and His Dublin is both vast and a small village This reflects the Dublin I have come to know Henry is born into poverty which becomes even extreme after his father disappears His father who has lost a leg, leaves behind his wooden limb which becomes Harry s talisman It is his weapon and much Harry finds himself in the Dublin GPO General Post Office during the disastrous Easter Uprising in 1916 Although he is barely 14, he is tall and passes for much older For several years preceeding the Uprising, he has lived in and around Liberty Bu y l okudu um en iyi romanlardan biri Komik, ac mas z, rlandal devrimci fedai Henry Smart n yk s.
Roman rlanda tarihinin en olayl d nemlerinden biri olan 1900 1921 y llar aras nda ge iyor rlanda n n devrimcileri, sokak ocu u Henry yi RA ya sokup eline silah tutu turuyorlar O da Easter Ayaklanmas ndan ba ms zl a giden birka y lda rg t n militanlar ndan biri oluyor Henry hayran oldu u James Connolly nin yan nda ayaklanmaya tan kl k ediyor Dublin in gecekondular nda, rlanda n n k ylerinde harekete yeni militan yeti tiriyor Sosyalist de erlerin yava yava burjuva rlanda milliyet ili ine yenik d mesini ve ngilizlerle yap lan bar g r yor.
Yazar n sinematografik dili ok ba ar l Bazen ayn sayfa i erisinde yerin ve zaman n de i ti ini tek bir kelimeden anl yoruz 3 4 ayr olay rg s n birbirine ok iyi dolam Her okumay This is only my second Doyle the other being Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, which I thought was great and from the two, I see that language is Doyle s thing, quirky and gritty, in keeping with the lives he portrays, as well as his dark humor In the first part of this novel those qualities are showcased tremendously, even if it s done in a tall tale vein, which isn t something I usually care for In fact, the whole novel is picaresque another thing I m not particularly fond of though this is historical fiction of a sort, mixing fictional characters with the real.
In many ways this novel comes close to brilliance, though ultimately I found it flawed with some pointless repetition and plot holes as wide as Henry s father s wooden leg While the novel gives a good feel for what living in Dublin during the Irish Rebellion must ve been like, I think if anyone knows about this pa My favorite Roddy Doyle book, A Star Called Henry is the fictional story of a young man, Henry Smart, growing up in the Ireland of the early 20th century I much preferred this over the well known, but sentimental, Angela s Ashes by Frank McCourt Doyle doesn t mince words, and much of his imagery contradicts the Ireland many of our grandparents may have described to us growing up It may not be the Ireland they chose to remember and tell us about, but it is the one they chose to leave And leave they did in the tens of thousands This is the Ireland of Michael Collins and the Black and Tan, a stratified society full of class, ethnic and religious prejudice, staggering poverty and limited economic and educational opportunity The resulting anger, resentment and hatred is personified in the character of Henry who finds himself part of the IRA, almost by accident Doyl Born At The Beginning Of The Twentieth Century, Henry Smart Lives Through The Evolution Of Modern Ireland, And In This Extraordinary Novel He Brilliantly Tells His Story From His Own Birth And Childhood On The Streets Of Dublin To His Role As Soldier And Lover In The Irish Rebellion, Henry Recounts His Early Years Of Reckless Heroism And Adventure At Once An Epic, A Love Story, And A Portrait Of Irish History, A Star Called Henry Is A Grand Picaresque Novel Brimming With Both Poignant Moments And Comic Ones, And Told In A Voice That Is Both Quintessentially Irish And Inimitably Roddy Doyle S

Roddy Doyle

Download Epub Format ✓ A Star Called Henry PDF by é Roddy Doyle Roddy Doyle Irish Ruaidhr D ill is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter Several of his books have been made into successful films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991 He won the Booker Prize in 1993.Doyle grew up in Kilbarrack, Dublin He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University College, Dublin He spent several years as an English and geography teacher before becoming