The Dream of the Celt

The Dream of the Celt

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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Explores the life of Sir Roger Casement, a British consul and Irish nationalist who was hanged for treason after he challenged the British authority in Northern Ireland.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374143466
Branch Call Number: F VAR NVD
Characteristics: 368 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Grossman, Edith 1936-


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Feb 04, 2015

I learnt alot about this very complicated Irishman through this book. It was a hard going book at times though which may have something to do with the translation. Despite this it was an interesting read about the horrors of colonisation in the name of enlightenment.

ChristchurchLib Dec 04, 2014

Knighted in 1911 and executed in 1916, Dublin-born diplomat Roger Casement went from hero to traitor in just five years. His investigation of human rights abuses perpetrated by British industry earns him a reputation as a great humanitarian. However, as a fervent Irish nationalist, Casement participates in the Easter Rising and is imprisoned and charged with treason. While Casement awaits trial, his private diaries, containing descriptions of his homosexual relationships, are circulated by the government in an attempt to alienate Casement's supporters, who advocate clemency. Alternating between Casement's early career in the foreign service and his final days, The Dream of the Celt is a fascinating character study of a man whose lofty ideals and human frailties led to his downfall. Historical Fiction newsletter December 2014.

Feb 09, 2012

Excellen read. Vargas Llosa is a Nobel Laureate.

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