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Brendan Behan Paperback – 22 Jul 1993

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New edition edition (22 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349105146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349105147
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,029,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first read this book, originally published in 1970, about twenty five years ago,but thought I would revisit it on the 50th anniversary of Brendan Behan's death. The author paints a perceptive,balanced, and ultimately tragic, picture of the enormously talented but self destructive writer. It will always be a matter of conjecture what Behan could have achieved if he had conquered the demon drink. In an age when we understand much more about alcoholism one can only feel enormous sympathy for Behan-as a diabetic he knew he was killing himself through alcohol but could not stop. He could easily have died several years before he did at the age of forty one. I read the 1985 reprint of this book and one small criticisim is that, twenty one years after Behan's death, it had not been undated to include the increased knowledge of diabetics and alcoholism. In addition a short comment on how Behan's reputation evolved in the 1970s and 1980s would have been interesting. Behan's reputation has unfortunately not stood the test of time (partly due to his limited output) and today's generation,while they might recognise the name, know him only as a drunken writer from the distant past.
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Interesting about the Dublin of the 1930s and 1940s, and competently written. But the final third of the book is shameful, personal spite driving unctuous conjecture.
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Good bio as Behan was a difficult man to get a handle on.As time goes by the legend grows but this book is grounded and looks at Behan celebrating his complexities
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HASH(0x9ee85720) out of 5 stars Brendan Behan by Ulick Oconnor 4 July 2009
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Terrific biography of the late great Brendan Behan. Having grown up in Dublin in the 50,s the book brought back fond memories of what an incredible era it was.
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