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Kilgorman A Story of Ireland in 1798   By: (1852-1893)

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Kilgorman A Story of Ireland in 1798 by Talbot Baines Reed offers readers a captivating historical novel set against the backdrop of the 1798 Irish Rebellion. Through a compelling narrative, the author skillfully intertwines history and fiction, taking readers on a vivid journey through a turbulent time in Irish history.

The story revolves around the life of young Owen Roe O'Neill, a peasant boy from the fictional village of Kilgorman. As the Rebellion looms over Ireland, Owen becomes intricately involved in the events of his time, exposing him to the harsh realities of war, political oppression, and social injustice. Reed paints a vivid picture of the struggles faced by the Irish people as they fight for their independence and freedom from British rule.

Reed's attention to historical detail is commendable, as he effectively captures the essence of the period through his meticulous research and extensive knowledge. From the political landscape to the physical landscapes of Ireland, the author's descriptions bring the setting to life, immersing readers in the sights, sounds, and emotions of 18th-century Ireland.

The characters in Kilgorman are well-developed and relatable, allowing readers to become emotionally invested in their stories. Owen Roe O'Neill, in particular, serves as a compelling protagonist. His journey from an innocent and naïve young boy to a resilient and determined young man mirrors the growth and resilience of the Irish people as a whole. Supporting characters such as Owen's friends and family members add depth and complexity to the narrative, further enhancing the reader's connection to the story.

One of the book's strengths lies in the author's ability to balance the historical narrative with the personal stories of the characters. While Kilgorman delves into the political and social events of the time, it also explores universal themes of courage, loyalty, and sacrifice. Reed seamlessly weaves together the larger historical context with the personal struggles, creating a compelling storyline that captures the imagination and hearts of readers.

In terms of writing style, Reed's prose is accessible and engaging, ensuring that readers of all backgrounds can enjoy Kilgorman. His vivid descriptions, authentic dialogue, and well-paced plot make for an enjoyable and immersive reading experience. Additionally, the author's ability to maintain tension and suspense throughout the novel keeps readers eagerly turning the pages, eager to discover the fate of the characters.

While Kilgorman offers a captivating narrative and solid historical foundation, it is important to note that the book does not shy away from the brutal realities of the Rebellion. The violence and suffering endured by the Irish people are depicted with frankness and honesty. This aspect of the novel may be unsettling for some readers, but it serves as an important reminder of the sacrifices made by those who fought for their freedom.

In conclusion, Kilgorman A Story of Ireland in 1798 is a well-crafted historical novel that combines fact and fiction seamlessly. Talbot Baines Reed's extensive research, compelling characters, and engaging storytelling make this book a must-read for fans of historical fiction and Irish history. Whether one is well-versed in Irish history or just discovering it, they will find themselves captivated by the world Reed has created.

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Kilgorman A Story of Ireland in 1798

By Talbot Baines Reed This was Reed's last book, written even as he lay dying, presumably from cancer. It is a very well written book, and is very interesting, even though as in the works of Kingston and Collingwood there are a lot of swimming episodes.

The time of the story is in the 1790s, during the French Revolution, which we see at close quarters during our hero's time in France. We also visit Rotterdam, in Holland. But most of the action, at least that which takes place on dry land, takes place in Donegal, that long wild part of Ireland that lies to its extreme north west.

There are several lines of the story. One of these is the great love that exists between the hero and his twin brother. Another is the question, Are they brothers? For only one person actually knows, and she is far away: the hint that there is a problem is given in a dying note by the woman that passed as the boys' mother. The third theme is, as always with Ireland, plotting for an uprising against English rule. In this department nothing changes.

Yes, it is a brilliant book, complemented by an "In Memoriam" article about the life of the author. KILGORMAN A STORY OF IRELAND IN 1798


Preface, by John Sime

IN MEMORIAM... Continue reading book >>

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