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DISINGENUOUS AND THATS THE AUTHOR
10 October 2018
Pity the author could not concentrate on just writing about "EAMONN",if he had this would have been a far more enjoyable read.Since the days of the great ALI I've been lucky to be old enough to have seen some of the greatest fighters thats lived,have always loved the sport.
As being from the "GREEN ISLAND" and " NORTHERN IRISH PROTESTANT" from an area in east belfast were loyalist paramilitaries ruled the streets, at times it was just great to have something positive to cheer about.So when BARRY McGUIGAN came along he "DID" unite both sides of the divide for a few years,and it was "GREAT",and so here lies a problem.How can the author say that BARRY did not unite the hard men from both sides of the divide,were is the evidence,as a writer surely you should try to give the reader "ALL"of the facts and "NOT" "YOUR OPINION" so as we the reader can make an informed judgement.Its when the book progresses you start to see "WHY".
It seems that BARRY and EAMONN had a run in, to the extent that stopped EAMONN from being at ringside with one of his fighters when he turned to training and BARRY promoter.surely the writer is'nt taking sides here?
As for the writers information he portrays to the "TROUBLES" in the days when EAMONN is born, i find it bordering disgusting,and utterly surprised that the previous 31 reviews have not picked up on this.
The writer devotes page upon page of giving us his opinion on what it was like growing up in ARDOYNE in the 70's,i know that MR GIBSON is a well educated man from QUEEN'S,so maybe he knows best and he's spent hours of research on this subject,so i am absolutely amazed that when he is painting the picture to the reader of the kind of mayhem and murders thats taking place he leaves a few out.I was astounded to read that in such a small area of just 5,000 people the writer tells us that between the years 71-74,22 catholics from the area are killed,11 of which are PIRA protecting their area from crown forces coming in.Anyone growing up with this amount of violence is bound to be affected mentally and i would think predisposed to bigotry and violence,as to what EAMONN became in his early years, and which many young men from both sides became.
The thing that struck me to be strange, the writer did not mention any deaths of police or soldiers attributed to PIRA in ARDOYNE.On research through CAIN Web Service - Conflict and Politics in Northern Ireland guess what,not 1 not 2 not even 10 police or soldiers were murdered in ARDOYNE in the same period of the years 71-74 when the writer Informs us of the 22 killings/murders of ARDOYNE citizens,"BUT" "20".Yes, so in the years 71-74 the writer tells of the shocking amount of 22 killings but not the full amount of 22+20=42.To me for such a small population this is a full scale war zone to which PIRA is on a killing spree and by the writers on words EAMONNS father is fully participating in.
Once a writer fails to be open then the reader starts to question all thats being written,and wonders if he has an axe to grind.As you go along with reading this book you find such things as
"the riots often highly organised as to allow PIRA to question someone,moving something or making something"
fails to mention on many occasion the riots were used as cover for gun battles as to which innocent civilians killed in crossfire,both by PIRA and BRITS,i wonder why he uses the word questioning and not "TORTURE"(page 86).
Compare these words to the ones on next page (87) when telling us about "CASTLEREAGH DETENTION CENTRE",
"a godforsaken place were the RUC would beat and torture confessions out of hundreds of people, many innocent.Cigarettes were stubbed out on faces, lighters held to testicles, legs stamped on until fractured",and much much more.Mr GIBSON surely as a serious writer you need to back this all up by giving the reader evidence.
These disengenuous words start to take place early in this book,and as i've said start to wonder about the whole impartiality of the story of EAMONN.
SO SHAME ON MR PAUL D, GIBSON