a masterpiece, brilliant, funny and very observant of the political situation before and after the British left
This book takes us into the life of Henry Smart who faces a life of poverty growing up in the poverty of Ireland in the early 1900s. He comes to follow in his own father's footsteps (wooden leg in hand) as an escapist, who joins the Irish Republican Army as a hitman. It was an enjoyable read, but Dowell's writing will not serve as an enticement for me to read the next two books in this trilogy. (Nov 2006)
My brother and father convinced me to read this by telling me it was about an Irish guy who knocks in heads with his dad's old wooden leg. That pretty much sold me.
I didn't care much for the rest of the trilogy, but never mind that; read this one, and then stop there. It's a brilliant romp for adolescents and adults alike.
Read this before you read Oh Play that Thing. It is the first part.
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