The Dead Republic by Roddy Doyle
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The Dead Republic Summary
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.
The Dead Republic Reviews
"Starred Review. Doyle exhibits a peerless ear for cynicism as he grapples with the violence and farce of Irish history." - Publishers Weekly
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Roddy Doyle Author Biography
Born in 1958 in Dublin, Roddy Doyle is a prolific Irish writer who has found over two decades-worth of material in the humorous, tender, and fraught life of the family. Americans may be most familiar with Doyle's wise-cracking dialog and its lilting Dublin intonations from the popular film adaptations of his Barrytown Trilogy: The Commitments (1987), The Snapper (1990), and The Van (1991). The three stories center around one middle-class Dublin family and their enterprises - a soul band, a teen pregnancy, a fish-and-chips van.
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