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Trinity Paperback – 7 Oct 1977

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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (7 Oct. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552105651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552105651
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Epic fiction . . . Excellent on the roots of the Troubles, and with great characters." (Peter Taylor, Guardian)

"Leon Uris is a storyteller, in a direct line from those men who sat around fires in the days before history and made the tribe more human." (New York Times Book Review)

"A saga of Catholic and Protestant families set against the backdrop of historical events . . . A portrait of a country divided by class, faith and prejudice" (Irish Times)

"Raw, tough, and unvarnished" (Kirkus Reviews)

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The classic bestseller by one of the most popular storytellers of the twentieth century, now reissued in a new package. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Holland on 21 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book describes the interactions and feuds between Irish catholic farmers, the aristocracy and protestant workers from mid 19th century up to the start of the First World War. With rebellion brewing, the interactions are laced with poison, with all parties protecting and furthering their own interests.

The poignant moments of family crisis (births, deaths and marriages) are superbly portrayed, and there is energy in the build-up to key events, which almost compels but just falls short.

This is a well-written book, that describes background and history in great detail to back up the story. But it fails to build on the beginnings. The book builds a compelling plot to a point, but the conclusion moves into short summaries that are almost notes of the planned ending, compared to the previous prose.

Some years later, Leon Uris wrote Redemption as a sequel to this novel. With better use of time-shifting, Redemption is a better telling of both its own story and this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Andrews on 29 May 2015
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I have just bought this book for my twenty one year old son who has just finished Mila 18 my favourite read of all time and now his. A very difficult book to follow but this comes close. I first read this when I was seventeen, a year after it was first published and it had an enormous effect on me. For the first time I understood that the "Irish problem" was not just about a group of fanatics committing wanton atrocities on the innocent, it was as much about the centuries old Irish tragedy, about the innocent majority abused by the privileged few, a total over simplification of a terrible reality I know, but it is because Leon Uris' has a unique ability to draw characters in a multi dimensional way, that I was able to put aside the shocking and continuing current news events of the latest, appalling IRA bombings and so be able to gain some understanding of where this horror was born from, something most people in my experience then and now still have little knowledge of.
By relating to and caring deeply about the people who populate this novel, I was able to put aside my anger and prejudice, born purely out of lack of education on the subject and accept the responsibility, that the actions of the past were shaping an all too awful present. When you are able to put yourself in the other mans skin and look through his eyes the view is a revalation. This for me is Uris' greatest gift, because I care so deeply for his people, my hunger for education on the underlying topic has to be fed and for this I remain eternally grateful, but for some of his books I may have remained blind and ignorant about so much and in consequence so would my sons. When an author challenges you to reevaluate your beliefs, I think that is the ultimate achievement.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2002
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This is a must read book for students of Irish history, or for those who enjoy a good, pacey yarn. It’s well researched, written in an easy to read, straightforward style and while it gives a biased view of Irish politics, you can perhaps begin to understand why the Irish nationalists are the way they are. Don’t be put off by the politics though. Uris explores the characters and shows all their strengths and weaknesses and you are swept along with their exploits and loves. A smashing read, hugely enjoyable, exciting, sad, funny – yeah, it’s probably got just about everything.
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A powerful story set in the mid 19th century, following the lives of three families, all affected by their Irish lives.LU has woven a strong novel, intertwined with Irish history and injustice. You cannot help but be moved by the tragedy that was the plight of the Irish peasant under the yoke of what was effectively British tyranny. LU does not set out to correct injustices, nor is this an attempt at anti British prpaganda, it is a powerful story of a time past and some of the strong characters that circumstances threw up.There are strong characters emerging from this book, whom you will love or hate in equal measure, but it's a story that will touch the heart.

LU does have the occasional habit of " rabbiting on " a wee bit at times, but you will quickly learn to speed read over these parts, but overall " trinity " is a powerful and moving story ( yes it's long at nearly 900 pages, but it's a damn good story ) which is worthwhile reading
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raphael on 12 Feb. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
a great book which if you have any irish / catholic in you this is not to be missed. this is my second time of reading this book and it is as tho' you are living the life of the main man conor larkin. a lot of reading but well worth it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. Gamble on 6 Feb. 2014
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A fantastic book about Irish history. A big book but lots of content
which is a fictional story but with accurate facts all around it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Doran on 23 Nov. 2009
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I have always been fascinated by the history of Ireland and this book, whilst written about three fictitious families, accurately captures the absolute tradgedy of the Emerald Isle from the famine of the 1840's to the Easter Rising of 1916.

The author captivates his readers with his undoubted knowledge of the sensitive subject matter and his ability to passionately describe the harsh realities of life as an native Irish person.

Personally, I think this book is a must read for all those who have wondered why Ireland has endured such tragic troubles for so long.

For many, the book will be revelationary and undoubtedly contribute to a more informed perspective of the barbarism associated with the island.

The book is incredibly well written and Leon Uris has surpassed himself in constructing this masterpiece, for which I highly commend and applaud him.

Just read it!
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