Tread Softly in This Place

Tread Softly in This Place

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552093769
  • 9780552093767

Review Text

The Ross is a very auld corner of the Auld Sod. The Kershaws and the Eagans and the Mulcahys and the Carmodys live there, and they have lived there for hundreds of years. Nothing much happens in The Ross apart from the changing seasons until Paeder who is 80 and dotty releases all the fish from the local fish hatchery. Oh, 'tis a dreadful crime, and some of the townsfolk decide that the IRA must be mixed up in it - the hooligans. And Michael Carmody, 24 and a former Communist come home to Ross, is suspected of terrible things though God knows he's only there for a little peace and quiet. And he, a roadmender's son, doesn't in the least want to fall in love with Jennifer who is 18 and hotblooded and "a lady" and who says things like "I'm sick of being solid and reliable and responsible and helping out and being a good sport." And they do fall in love and terrible events come to The Ross impinging on its somnolence and leaving Philip Eagan, the last of the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy shot dead and poor Michael on the lam and poor Jennifer brokenhearted. And just how much interest you can muster in any of them depends entirely on the degree to which you can appreciate rustic clod and the idiocy of rural life, Irish style. Cleeve himself is both indulgent and patronizing, but more indulgent than patronizing because what with foreigners buying up Irish soil, and The Development bringing industry and all the young 'uns joining the IRA or going off to London, sure the quaint little corner of Eire with the thatched cottages won't be left undisturbed much longer. Bejasus, you may even have trouble believing it's still there in 1973. (Kirkus Reviews)show more