A Star Called Henry, by Roddy Doyle

This is the first of a trilogy called The Last Roundup by Irish author and Booker Prize winner, Roddy Doyle. It tells the story of the Irish Civil War of the early 20th century against Great Britain through the eyes of eventual IRA member, Henry Smart. Henry is born into extreme poverty, all too common at the time, in 1901 Dublin and on his own in that city’s streets by age five. I learned a great deal about the specifics of Irish history as Doyle mixes in the actual historical figures and events with his fictional characters.

RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: kh

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