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"1919: After surviving the Great War, Major Brendan Archer makes his way to Ireland, hoping to discover whether he is indeed betrothed to Angela Spencer, whose Anglo-Irish family owns the once-aptly-named Majestic Hotel in Kilnalough. But his fiance; e is strangely altered and her family's fortunes have suffered a spectacular decline. The hotel's hundreds of rooms are disintegrating on a grand scale; its few remaining guests thrive on rumors and games of whist; herds of cats have taken over the Imperial Bar and the upper stories; bamboo shoots threaten the foundations; and piglets frolic in the squash court. Meanwhile, the Major is captivated by the beautiful and bitter Sarah Devlin. As housekeeping disasters force him from room to room, outside the order of the British Empire also totters: there is unrest in the East, and in Ireland itself the mounting violence of 'the troubles.' Troubles is a hilarious and heartbreaking work by a modern master of the historical novel"--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2002.
ISBN: 9781590170182
Characteristics: xi, 459 p. ; 21 cm.

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Aug 01, 2012

Empire Trilogy. A defining portrait of the English in Ireland. It is set in post-WW I Ireland and told from an Anglo-Irish perspective.

Feb 08, 2011

I didn't finish it. It lost my interest.

Nov 22, 2010

A very different perspective of the Irish/English conflict. A real hard slog at times but worth it.


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