|Plot Summary of At Swim, Two Boys|
|"Against the dramatic back-drop of rebellion in Ireland, 1915, two young men set out to swim towards the Muglins rocks, off Dublin bay. A growing awareness of their feelings for each other is bound up with Ireland's growing awareness of the coming conflict with their colonial masters, Britain. The 10 years it took the author to write, bears fruit in the wonderful, almost Joycean langauage and the compelling descriptions of Dublin & its surroundings."
Paul McMichael, Resident Scholar
|"I wrote this book, so you won't be surprised that I give it a fairly high score. Still, I think it is worth reading, from your library if not your bookshop. It's set in Dublin 1916, the time of the Rising against British rule. The main story is of two boys who find in their love for each other the country they will fight for. Other things of course happen -- it is 200,000 words long. But the question it asks, put very simply is: Is the love of Ireland so very different from loving an Irishman? The writing at times, I've been told, is quite poetic."
Jamie O'Neill, Resident Scholar
|"Two teens in Dublin, Jim Mack and Doyler Doyle, rekindle their childhood friendships. As they spend more time together, it is obvious they are attracted to each other as more than friends. Together they embark on a quest of self-discovery at the same time that Ireland prepares to rise against British rule. This is the brilliantly written story of their love of each other and their country."
Michael Da Costa, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of At Swim, Two Boys|
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Time/era of story
Kids growing up/acting up?
Inside culture (main char)
- story of the poor
- conduct in war
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
If story of urban/rural...
- Small town life
Coping with loss of loved one(s)
- of a different social class
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 9 ()
- swimming on
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- touching of anatomy
- a lot of play on words
- No single main character?
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