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- Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
- Format: Paperback | 536 pages
- Publication date: 25 February 1971
- ISBN 10: 0586028943
- ISBN 13: 9780586028940
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: 8ill.
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This lengthy opus strives for an epic effect in a manipulated fashion. It's a nexus of melodramatic incidents involving characters swept up in the troubles of turn-of-the-century Dublin. There's a complacent slum lord; a cold, self-righteous priest; another-priest Who is a despairing alcoholic, a prostitute and her kind, gentlemanly lover; a struggling young married couple and a beggar/poet. The book centers on a series of strikes - the futile uprising of the poor - and the fierce reprisals by the scabs. There are meetings and beatings and innocents wronged and some terribly sad deaths. The author supplies emotion rather than real motivation.... it doesn't have-much staying power. (Kirkus Reviews)