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Free read ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ò Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ò 9 Free download Free read Country by Michael Hughes En an IRA man’s wife turns informer he and his brother gather their comrades for an assault on the local army base But old grudges boil over and the suad's feared sniper Achill refuses to risk his life to defend another man’s pride As the gang plots without him the British SAS are sent to crush the rogue terror cell before it can wreck the fragile truce and drag the region ba. This is the second new Iliad retelling I ve read in recent months the other being Pat Barker s The Silence of the Girls That kept the traditional setting and refocused the narrative on Briseis By contrast Country transposes the action to the Irish border in 1996 yet keeps the narrative so close to Homer that it almost reads like a new translation As a result I found myself enjoying it than The Silence of the Girls While Barker s novel is involving it is perhaps of a re examination than a retelling That is not a criticism as putting women s suffering into the foreground is a powerful and thought provoking literary endeavour Country however really captures the rhythms of Homer In translation that is as I don t know any ancient Greek From the opening lines it tempts you to read aloudFury Pure fury The blood was up Lost the head completelyAchill the man from the west The best sniper the IRA ever seen All called him Achill but his name was plain Liam O Brien After the da Big Liam O Brien who came out of Achill Island and bore the name before him So the son was called Achill in his turn though he was born and reared in Castlebar and he d never set foot in the place for the da always said it was a fearful holeWhat was the start of it The whole wrecking match that sent so many strong souls roaring down to hell dogs chewing up the guts ground into the road birds pecking at the splattered bits of their brains The way London wanted it to go The way it always isMagnificent no And Hughes sustains that all the way through The whole Iliad with IRA men as Greeks the British army as Trojans and politicians as the divine pantheon who ultimately control events The role of Nellie NI s very own Helen is recounted in detail yet ultimately this is a conflict over a country A conflict over pride and over stories sustained through generations There may be cars and guns but the emotional core of war appears unchanged over millennia A speech from Achill after the embassy tries to persuade him to return to warListen now to what I m going to tell youThere are no pockets in a shroud Do you hear me You can be as rich as Croesus and lose every red cent or have it took off you and you can always make it back again if you re smart or just go out and take it if you re a hard man But once you lose your life you can t get that back You hear me You can t get that back I ll say it one time You can t get that backI ve always known that if I stayed with the Ra sooner or later it would be the end of me I ve known it from the day I took the oath But I stuck with it for I knew I d be remembered for what I d done I d be a legend for what I d doneBut lately I ve had a bit of time to think and now I can see there s another side to that story I don t have to stay I can go home and live a long comfortable life Do you see what I m saying Nobody with know or care who the fuck I am but I ll die of old age the way a man should surrounded by his family and his wealth in his own home place And right now at this time of life that suits me just fineDeath looks like glory to a young man Get a few years on you and glory starts to look a lot like deathThe whole novel is a stunning achievement full of pathos and sly humour I was blown away by it The most meaningful modern twist on the Iliad that I ve found to date

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Free read ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ò Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ò 9 Free download Free read Country by Michael Hughes Ck to the darkest days of the Troubles Meanwhile Achill’s young protégé grabs his chance to join the fray in his placeInspired by the oldest war story of them all Michael Hughes’s virtuoso novel explores the brutal glory of armed conflict the cost of Ireland’s most uncivil war and the bitter tragedy of those on both sides who offer their lives to defend the dream of count. 4 starsTrigger warnings view spoilerchild rape violence hide spoiler

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Free read ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ò Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ò 9 Free download Free read Country by Michael Hughes Northern Ireland 1996 After twenty five years of vicious conflict the IRA and the British have agreed to an uneasy ceasefire as a first step towards lasting peace But faced with the prospect that decades of savage violence and loss have led only to smiles and handshakes those on the ground in the border country uestion whether it really is time to pull back or uite the oppositeWh. Country is the most literal Iliad retelling I ve ever read which came as a surprise given that its premise is worlds away from Ancient Greece Michael Hughes s interpretation is set in 1990s Northern Ireland twenty five years into the conflict known as the Troubles and yet despite the wildly different setting it hits all the same beats as Homer s tale each scene and character a perfect mirror to the original story and easy to identify with names like Achill Achilles Nellie Helen Henry Hector and Pat PatroclusThis level of faithfulness was a double edged sword for me it led to moments of brilliance and moments that were a little too on the nose Mostly brilliance so let s start there the decision to adapt the Iliad to the Troubles was an inspired one a pairing linked by the tragedy of lives lost needlessly to a cause whose rhetoric is shrouded in talk of honor but whose reality is starker and senseless This passage in particular as the Hector figure a war weary SAS man is on the verge of death called to mind a passage from the Iliad that hits home its driving thematic conceit The fucking spooks the fucking politicians Moving the pieces on the board doling out life or death with a flick of the wrist Not one of them was in harm s way Not one of them could ever die this death He was charged to defend their will their country s honour but all he could ever defend was his own life It wasn t their blood on the road It never would be They didn t understandNo They understood They didn t care Michael Hughes Country So the immortals spun our lives that we we wretched men live on to bear such torments the gods live free of sorrows Homer The Iliad translated by Robert FaglesUsed as a pawn by gods in one case and government andor paramilitary leaders in the other the individual lives affected amidst the brutality are the focus of both texts and Hughes capitalizes on the opportunity to tell this story with the abject tragedy it deservesAnd overarching themes aside the level of detail here is just delightful for Homer fans the SAS base is called Illiam because the W fell off the William Castle sign the IRA pub is referred to as The Ships in reference to the Greeks camp outside the walls of TroyHowever there were some bits that didn t translate perfectly Achill s widely accepted irreplaceability felt shoehorned in the role of the individual in modern day warfare just isn t perfectly euitable with ancient battle And a few scenes felt like they were only there in the name of keeping the structure as close to the Iliad as possible I wouldn t have minded for example the omission of a few scenes like the funeral games which went into a level of detail that was admirably authentic but frankly excessive in favor of adding a bit heft to the weightier scenes like Achill s confrontation with the Priam character I was very cognizant as I was reading that this wasn t going to be an easy book to recommend it s not so to speak baby s first Troubles book You don t exactly need a PhD in Irish History to be able to follow this but I do want to be clear that almost none of the dialect which Hughes renders beautifully or cultural references are explained or contextualized read Say Nothing first I d actually stress that an interest in the Iliad is much less essential to get something out of this than knowing a bit about the Troubles Still for the right reader this is a sharp and cleverly written retelling whose literality is an asset often than not Though it did strike me that I may ironically be a bit too familiar with the Iliad to be this book s ideal reader


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    EBOOK Country by Michael Hughes Where was this book when I was in school? Homer I had a rocky relationship by the time I graduated we were barely on speaking terms W

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    EBOOK Country by Michael Hughes Fury Pure Fury The blood was up Lost the head completely Death looks like glory to a young man Get a few years on you and glory starts looking a lot like death Country is a wildly successful reimagining of The Iliad set in the wild west of the 1990s border between Ireland and Northern Ireland And despite the vast number of

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    EBOOK Country by Michael Hughes Country is the most literal Iliad retelling I’ve ever read which came as a surprise given that its premise is worlds away from Ancient Greece Michael Hughes’s interpretation is set in 1990s Northern Ireland twenty five years into the conf

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    Free read Country by Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ò 9 Free download Free read ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ò Michael Hughes Of all the things I might have expected from a retelling of the Iliad set during the Troubles the BritishIrish conflict over Northern Ireland of late 20th Century a genuine faithfulness to the original wasn't one of them It’s in the sound and feel and content of the speeches the mirroring of scenes and motivations the

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    Michael Hughes ò 9 Free download Free read ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ò Michael Hughes EBOOK Country by Michael Hughes This is the second new Iliad retelling I’ve read in recent months the other being Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls That kept the traditional setting and refocused the narrative on Briseis By contrast ‘Country’ transposes the action to the Irish border in 1996 yet keeps the narrative so close to Hom

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    Free read ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ò Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ò 9 Free download EBOOK Country by Michael Hughes Absolutely brilliant This retelling of The Iliad brings home the timelessness of men and women in conflict I have several translations of The Iliad on my shelf this will go next to them There are a few moments where it's a bit of a stretch to fit certain moments of Homer into Northern Ireland but the author manages to p

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    EBOOK Country by Michael Hughes Fury Pure fury The blood was up Lost the head completelyfrom Country by Michael HughesHughes begins his story in the middle of a conflict between two members of an rogue IRA terrorist cell groupAchill and Pig the 'trigger man' who killed eight Brits and the Officer Commander of a terrorist cell clash over a girl whose father wants her back home She had willingly come to Achill and he won't give her up Pig ins

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    EBOOK Country by Michael Hughes I've started listening to audiobooks in the car on my commute to the station and I think Country was an excellent choice to begin this Not only is the subject matter a reimagining of the Illiad set in the corner country Ireland towards the end of the Troubles fittingly oral but in this version read by the autho

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    EBOOK Country by Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ò 9 Free download Free read ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ò Michael Hughes 4 starsTrigger warnings view spoilerchild rape violence hide spoiler

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    Free read ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ò Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ò 9 Free download Free read Country by Michael Hughes I think I originally found this in a Best books of 2018 list in a magazine or newspaper I'm glad I did because it seems to have passed largely

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  • Hardcover
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  • Country by Michael Hughes
  • Michael Hughes
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  • 03 October 2019
  • 9780062940322