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Belfast Diary: War as a Way of Life Paperback – 1 Mar 1989
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For those puzzled by Northern Ireland, "Belfast Diary" offers a well-written, sympathetic and clear-eyed view."--New York Times Book Review"
"Mr. Conroy's account is suffused with an ominous tension. . . . He eschews the reductive, and succeeds in mounting a disturbing case." "--New Yorker"
"A sensitive and perceptive chronicle . . ." "--London Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I would be grateful to hear comments from readers. I'd particularly like to know how you heard about my book, where you found it, and what you liked and didn't like about it. My e-mail address is JConroy329@aol.com Many thanks, John Conroy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Belfast diary was heartbreaking, funny, horrifying and beautifully written. I cannot vouch for authenticity and thankfully it is now more of a historical document than a current affair piece of journalism, but in the heated atmosphere of NI, this is a candid, generous, outside view of what was going on, from somebody who didn't have a dog in the fight apart from a feeling of empathy for his fellow humans.
If you can find it second hand, or a library, read it. It would be wonderful if an electronic edition were available.
Before reading the book, I had no knowledge of Ireland, the "troubles", the land, or the people and their suffering. I probably wouldn't have finished reading if I had checked out a stale text book or history book. The author's style made all the difference.
All the facts I was hoping to learn were here-woven throughout first-hand accounts from people born and raised in Ireland.
I couldn't stop reading; amazing, since I usually find only fiction this captivating.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely brilliant. Little gems of information dotted all over this book that otherwise I would not have known. Very objective and an all round interesting read. Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2010 by K.J.Mulholland
I'm grateful for this book. I've read several books about the Troubles, but this was the first told both from an American point of view and a man-on-the-street perspective. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 1999
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