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Country Published to ravishing acclaim in the UK, a fierce and suspenseful reimagining of Homer s Iliad set in mid 1990s Northern Ireland a heart pounding tale of honor and revenge that explodes with verbal invention, rapid juxtaposition, brutality and fun Times Literary Supplement.Northern Ireland, 1996.After twenty five years of vicious conflict, the IRA and the British have agreed to an uneasy ceasefire as a first step towards lasting peace But, faced with the prospect that decades of savage violence and loss have led only to smiles and handshakes, those on the ground in the border country question whether it really is time to pull back or quite the opposite.When an IRA man s wife turns informer, he and his brother gather their comrades for an assault on the local army base But old grudges boil over, and the squad s feared sniper, Achill, refuses to risk his life to defend another man s pride As the gang plots without him, the British SAS are sent to crush the rogue terror cell before it can wreck the fragile truce and drag the region back to the darkest days of the Troubles Meanwhile, Achill s young prot g grabs his chance to join the fray in his place Inspired by the oldest war story of them all, Michael Hughes s virtuoso novel explores the brutal glory of armed conflict, the cost of Ireland s most uncivil war, and the bitter tragedy of those on both sides who offer their lives to defend the dream of country. New Download Country author Michael Hughes For Kindle ePUB or eBook – wildweaves.co.uk

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  1. Where was this book when I was in school Homer I had a rocky relationship by the time I graduated, we were barely on speaking terms With this retelling of The Iliad, Michael Hughes takes the legendary poet s themes characters plunks them down in 1996 Northern Ireland, just after the signing of the peace accord Like many great tales, it all begins with a woman Nellie is a young Catholic who is part of a new generation Tired of grinding poverty endless violence, Where was this book when I was in school Homer I had a rocky relationship by the time I graduated, we were barely on speaking terms With this retelling of The Iliad, Michael Hughes takes the legendary poet s themes characters plunks them down in 1996 Northern Ireland, just after the signing of the peace accord Like many great tales, it all begins with a woman Nellie is a young Catholic who is part of a new generation Tired of grinding poverty endless violence, they yearn for a life beyond the Troubles So when she s offered money to inform on her IRA husband his crew, she sees it as her ticket to a new life in London grabs it with both hands Think of her as a modern Helen which means her husband Brian Campbell is this version s Menelaus Brian is part of a group led by his brother Shane think Agamemnon follows him with unquestioning loyalty So when they learn Nell is a tout, they plot to blow up a nearby English army post in retaliation It s not just what they do, it s a matter of family pride But they ll need t...

  2. Country is the most literal Iliad retelling I ve ever read, which came as a surprise given that its premise is worlds away from Ancient Greece Michael Hughes s interpretation is set in 1990s Northern Ireland, twenty five years into the conflict known as the Troubles, and yet despite the wildly different setting it hits all the same beats as Homer s tale, each scene and character a perfect mirror to the original story, and easy to identify with names like Achill Achilles , Nellie Helen , Henry Country is the most literal Iliad retelling I ve ever read, which came as a surprise given that its premise is worlds away from Ancient Greece Michael Hughes s interpretation is set in 1990s Northern Ireland, twenty five years into the conflict known as the Troubles, and yet despite the wildly different setting it hits all the same beats as Homer s tale, each scene and character a perfect mirror to the original story, and easy to identify with names like Achill Achilles , Nellie Helen , Henry Hector , and Pat Patroclus.This level of faithfulness was a double edged sword for me it led to moments of brilliance and moments that were a little too on the nose Mostly brilliance, so let s start there the decision to adapt the Iliad to the Troubles was ...

  3. This is the second new Iliad retelling I ve read in recent months, the other being Pat Barker s The Silence of the Girls That kept the traditional setting and refocused the narrative on Briseis By contrast, Country transposes the action to the Irish border in 1996, yet keeps the narrative so close to Homer that it almost reads like a new translation As a result, I found myself enjoying itthan The Silence of the Girls While Barker s novel is involving, it is perhapsof a re exami This is the second new Iliad retelling I ve read in recent months, the other being Pat Barker s The Silence of the Girls That kept the traditional setting and refocused the narrative on Briseis By contrast, Country transposes the action to the Irish border in 1996, yet keeps the narrative so close to Homer that it almost reads like a new translation As a result, I found myself enjoying itthan The Silence of the Girls While Barker s novel is involving, it is perhapsof a re examination than a retelling That is not a criticism, as putting women s suffering into the foreground is a powerful and thought provoking literary endeavour Country , however, really captures the rhythms of Homer In translation, that is, as I don t know any ancient Greek From the opening lines, it tempts you to read aloud Fury...

  4. Such a striking retelling of the Iliad Review to come.

  5. Absolutely brilliant This retelling of The Iliad brings home the timelessness of men and women in conflict I have several translations of The Iliad on my shelf, this will go next to them There are a few moments where it s a bit ...

  6. I ve started listening to audiobooks in the car on my commute to the station, and I think Country was an excellent choice to begin this Not only is the subject matter a reimagining of the Illiad set in the corner country Ireland towards the end of the Troubles fittingly oral, but in this version, read by the author, the story becomes luminous, immersive, beautiful even when dealing with very ugly events.Hughes has a rhythm, an air, that engages Listening to him is like sitting by a camp I ve started listening to audiobooks in the car on my commute to the station, and I think Country was an excellent choice to begin this Not only is the subject matter a reimagining of the Illiad set in the corner country Ireland towards the end of the Troubles fittingly oral, but in this version, read by the author, the story becomes luminous, immersive, beautiful even when dealing with very ugly events.Hughes has a rhythm, an air, that engages Listening to him is like sitting by a camp fire, or in a courtyard or marketplace or a chief s fort l...

  7. So, this was extraordinary Using the story of the Iliad to frame the story of a Provisional IRA squad on the Irish border, 1996, served both stories so well It brought me in to the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland while also giving a terrible sense of how it has always will always be The shadow of the higher ups, in Belfast and Dublin and London, calling the shots, moving chess pieces, intervening on whims, like Zeus and Athena and Aphrodite so chilling There were so many moments So, this was extraordinary Using the story of the Iliad to frame the story of a Provisional IRA squad on the Irish border, 1996, served both stories so well It brought me in to the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland while also giving a terrible sense of how it has always will always be The shadow of the higher ups, in Belfast and Dublin and London, calling the sho...

  8. Extraordinary retelling of the Iliad An adrenaline rush from start to finish, I could hardly put it down From the off, the language paints a vivid sense of time and place The characters are complicated and real and convey just how complex the Troubles were for all involved Highly recommended.

  9. im just OBSESSED with the way this book is written