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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Life Story, 9 Feb 2006
This review is from: Nothing But an Unfinished Song: Bobby Sands, the Irish Hunger Striker Who Ignited a Generation (Hardcover)
I was attending secondary school in West Belfast when Bobby Sands gave his life on hunger strike for the political recognition of the Republican struggle in Ireland. In his life and by his death he transformed politics in my society and became an inspirational and internationally respected figure. I later became aware of his transcendent poetry, all the more remarkable for being written in a prison 'tomb',and his songs that became national standards in the recordings of Christy Moore. But I knew very little about the man who became an icon of the Irish struggle for self-determination, the hunger-striker who became a member of the British Parliament while he lay in a prison hospital
Denis O'Hearn has put this to rights with a meticulously researched account of Sands' short life that included community and military activism and a harrowing journey through a gruelling and oppressive prison system. Through sheer bloody-mindedness, mental and physical resolve, and the capacity to recognise 'opportunities' in the most brutal forms of detention, Sands changed the trajectory of Irish politics. O'Hearn reveals a character full of ceaseless energy, buoyancy, sensitvity as well as political vision in a brisk, gripping and deeply moving account of Sands' life.
While providing a full and informative account of the early days of the 'troubles' in Ireland, this book also challenges complacency, urges activisim and rejects thinking within the narrow confines of mainstream political discourse. Bobby Sands, the activist, has been revealed to a new generation and renewed to those who grew up in that period of immense change.
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