- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1054 KB
- Print Length: 425 pages
- Publisher: Glenmill (7 Jan. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AYE8Y0U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
I found this book to be hugely educational as well as thoroughly enjoyable. The author has taken a heavy subject and written a page turner, having read it again, I still couldn't put it down.
the two main characters were convincing in the main but perhaps there is a danger of too much empathy for people who were murderers of the innocent.
A few mistakes such as protestants attending a church service conducted by a priest and a large scale Orange walk in Glasgow on the 12th of July with lambeg drums, this would be unusual as Scottish Orange walks normally take place before would unusual as Scottish Orange take place before the 12th of July and do not incorporate lambeg drums.
Like the fact mixed with fiction.
All in all ,a very worthwhile read.
In writing Terrible Beauty, he might well have incurred the wrath of either side of the sectarian divide - or, indeed, of both sides. But Mark Frankland is also a remarkable storyteller, because he pulls off the impossible. In a narrative spanning more than three decades and interspersed with actual events and real people, he weaves together with fairness and precision, and always with confidence, the parallel life stories of the two central characters. Through their eyes, we are privy to utterly contrasting visions of the treacherous, vicious world that is Ulster. We meet and understand the motives of the men of violence in both camps. And we learn time and again of the arrogant, indifferent and often cowardly role in the conflict of successive British Governments.
In addition to being a damn good thriller in its own right that is nail-biting to the very end, Terrible Beauty is to be recommended as an unbiased and reliable history of The Troubles. The book has the ring of authenticity about it. When I read the author's end-notes, I wasn't surprised to discover the scale of his research in preparing for the novel. Nor was I surprised to learn that the two main protagonists - the Republican Sean O'Neill and the Loyalist Davie Stanton - are based on real people, real players in the Ulster cauldron - "two of the most impressive men I have ever met", says Frankland.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mark Frankland stories are well thought through and really connect real life and escapism.Published 6 months ago by colin
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just shows what good research can do to bring a story to life
great story....gripping...realistic...possibly very near the truthPublished on 10 Nov. 2014 by Michael James Menzies
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