The Dead Republic by Roddy Doyle
A Novel

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The triumphant conclusion to the trilogy that began with A Star Called Henry

Roddy Doyle's irrepressible Irish rebel Henry Smart is back-and he is not mellowing with age. Saved from death in California's Monument Valley by none other than Henry Fonda, he ends up in Hollywood collaborating with legendary director John Ford on a script based on his life. Returning to Ireland in 1951 to film The Quiet Man- which to Henry's consternation has been completely sentimentalized-he severs his relationship with Ford.

His career in film over, Henry settles into a quiet life in a village north of Dublin, where he finds work as a caretaker for a boys' school and takes up with a woman named Missus O'Kelly, whom he suspects- but is not quite sure-may be his long-lost wife, the legendary Miss O'Shea. After being injured in a political bombing in Dublin in 1974, Henry is profiled in the newspaper and suddenly the secret of his rebel past is out. Henry is a national hero. Or are his troubles just beginning?

Raucous, colorful, epic, and full of intrigue and incident, The Dead Republic is also a moving love story-the magnificent final act in the life of one of Roddy Doyle's most unforgettable characters.
 

About Roddy Doyle

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RODDY DOYLE is the author of nine novels, most recently The Dead Republic, a collection of short stories, and a nonfiction book about the lives of his parents. In 1993 he won the Man Booker Prize for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and his novel The Van was a finalist for the prize. He has also written four screenplays as well as several stage plays and books for children and young adults. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
 
Published April 29, 2010 by Penguin Books. 338 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The New York Times

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Roddy Doyle concludes his trilogy of Henry Smart novels with the hero’s return to Ireland.

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BC Books

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In the last entry of a trilogy on the life of an Irish revolutionary, Doyle chronicles the hero's Hollywood plight before he returns to Ireland.

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New York Journal of Books

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... Book Review ... Throughout the novel Henry is closely linked with real figures
from Irish history such as Michael Collins and John ... In The Dead Republic
Doyle returns to that which has made him most successful: Irishness.

Apr 29 2010 | Read Full Review of The Dead Republic: A Novel

Los Angeles Times

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A purposeful, funny smackdown of popular culture's contribution to the mythology of Irish nationalism.

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The Telegraph

Henry, hoping to lie low, secures a .

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The Telegraph

It’s not just Irish history being personified here, it’s the .

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The Bookbag

The Quiet Man will be a hugely successful film for John Ford, but the life portrayed in it is not Henry Smart's life, and the portrait of Irish politics and everyday life in the film is not one he recognises.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Although he describes himself as an old man, Henry is a mere 51 when the novel opens: By the time it ends, he has lived nearly six decades in an Ireland that changes a great deal in that time, but, it is safe to say, is never the Hollywood version of Ireland.

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Chron.com

Once this fairly absurd episode is out of the way — he tries to strangle Ford for romanticizing his story — Henry settles into a part of Dublin where he had never killed anyone.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

He strikes up a relationship with a widow called Missis O’Kelly, and yet there’s something about her that reminds Henry of his long-lost wife, Miss O’Shea As time goes on, Henry finds himself dragged back into politics.

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Bookmarks Magazine

This is the final installment of Doyle's Last Roundup trilogy, after A Star Called Henry (1999) and Oh, Play That Thing ( 3 of 5 Stars Jan/Feb 2005).

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