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At Swim, Two Boys

At Swim, Two Boys - 01 edition

At Swim, Two Boys - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780743222952

ISBN10: 0743222954

At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Charles Scribner's & Sons
Published:
International: No
At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O

ISBN13: 9780743222952

ISBN10: 0743222954

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01

List price: $19.00

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Summary

Set during the year preceding the Easter Uprising of 1916--Ireland's brave but fractured revolt against British rule--At Swim, Two Boys is a tender, tragic love story and a brilliant depiction of people caught in the tide of history. Powerful and artful, and ten years in the writing, it is a masterwork from Jamie O'Neill.

Jim Mack is a naïve young scholar and the son of a foolish, aspiring shopkeeper. Doyler Doyle is the rough-diamond son--revolutionary and blasphemous--of Mr. Mack's old army pal. Out at the Forty Foot, that great jut of rock where gentlemen bathe in the nude, the two boys make a pact: Doyler will teach Jim to swim, and in a year, on Easter of 1916, they will swim to the distant beacon of Muglins Rock and claim that island for themselves. All the while Mr. Mack, who has grand plans for a corner shop empire, remains unaware of the depth of the boys' burgeoning friendship and of the changing landscape of a nation.