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The Living

Léan Cullinan (Author)

Cate is daughter, niece and employee of ardent Republicans in contemporary Ireland. She has no issue with dating an Englishman she meets at her local choir but she wonders at his secretiveness. When he fails to attend a concert the choir are participating in and it is disrupted by a security alert, she finally realises something is badly amiss.



This is a book that would never have been published 20 years ago and thus has to be seen as a book that is optimistic about future generations of Irish children leading lives based on their own choices and not those dictated by church or politics. Unfortunately, despite the optimistic context and authentic setting, I felt the book was let down by a central character who was naive in the extreme and a plot that was as simplistic as it was far-fetched - think Bridget Jones meets James Bond in Ireland – without the humour and special effects.



The essence of the story appears to be that the current young generation haven’t been through the ordeals of previous generations, so they don’t need to hold on to old beliefs and outdated causes. Over time, the past can be left where it belongs and the young can move on in peace.



This is an accessible book, easy to read and with an ultimate message of hope but for me it was too simplistic and lacking in depth. That however, is a personal opinion and if you want an easy-to-read book that will provide a lot of scope for discussion, this would make a good choice.

Reviewed by: Clare Donaldson - Peebles

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Publisher: Atlantic Books


Published Date: Thu 05th Jun 2014

Format: Paperback

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