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Strumpet City: One City One Book Edition [Reading] ➿ Strumpet City: One City One Book Edition Author James Plunkett – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk This new edition of the epic Strumpet City marks the centenary of the Lockout It has been chosen as Dublin City Libraries One City, One Book for First published in , it has repeatedly been described This new edition One City PDF/EPUB ½ of the epic Strumpet City marks the centenary of theLockout It has been chosen Strumpet City: Kindle - as Dublin City Libraries One City, One Book forFirst published in , it has repeatedly been described as City: One City PDF È one of the greatest Irish novels of all timeCentring on the seminal lockout of , workers in Dublin in , Strumpet City encompasses a wide sweep of city life From the destitution of Rashers Tierney to the solid, aspirant respectability of Fitz and Mary, the priestly life of Father O Connor, and the upper class world of Yearling and the Bradshaws, it paints a portrait of a city of stark contrasts, with an urban working class mired in vicious poverty Strumpet City is much than a book about the Lockout Through the power of vivid fiction we encounter all the complexities of humanityThe brilliant and much loved TV series, originally screened by RTE in , is fondly remembered by many but to read the book is to immerse yourself in social and historical writing akin to Chekhov and Tolstoy Strumpet City is the great, sweeping Irish historical novel of the th century.


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  1. Ted Ted says:

    It was one of those never ending June evenings, with long reaches of sky from which the light seemed unable to ebb Rashers moved slowly At Chandlers Court he stopped to get his breath and to look up at the sky It was never ending, with never fading light He thought of Death and felt it was waiting for him somewhere in the sky s deeps, cold Sergeant Death, as the song said, Death the sad smiling tyrant, the cruel remorseless old foe.A wonderful novel, this It tells the stories, spread ove It was one of those never ending June evenings, with long reaches of sky from which the light seemed unable to ebb Rashers moved slowly At Chandlers Court he stopped to get his breath and to look up at the sky It was never ending, with never fading light He thought of Death and felt it was waiting for him somewhere in the sky s deeps, cold Sergeant Death, as the song said, Death the sad smiling tyrant, the cruel remorseless old foe.A wonderful novel, this It tells the stories, spread over the years 1907 1914, of a number of characters, most of them in the lower working class of Dublin, but several from other stations priests, business owners, a slum lord The focus of the story is the famous though only famous to me now that I have read this novel Dublin Lock out of 1913 14, the most severe industrial dispute in the history of Ireland.The characters are real, not caricatures Some of them will be quite unforgettable to me I think even if I can t remember their names after a short space into the future One of the unforgettable characters , James Larkin, actually was the union organizer who sparked the events leading up to the Lock out, and provided both the rallying point for the workers, and the target for the employers and every other segment of society which opposed them.Rashers Tierney, the fellow mentioned above, is one of the most vivid portrayals I ve come across in a long time, a street walker, sometime street entertainer, a fellow who with his beloved dog wends his way through the story as an example of the bumpy ride down that the extreme poor of a large city, not just Dublin, endure I think I will remember his name for a while view spoiler And that cruel remorseless old foe in the quote When I read that, I knew I d heard it before Checking Clancy Brothers songs on my iPod the next time I walked, I quickly found Rosin the Bow See around the 2 00 mark hide spoiler Two other characters that will stick with me are Fathers O Connor and Giffley, who together with Father O Sullivan minister each in their own way to the parishioners of St Brigid s, a church in the poorest section of Dublin Father Giffley is the senior priest at the church, hence in charge he is also an alcoholic, slowly loosing his mind in his own perilous descent He is in rebellion against his church, unable to accept the blind eye that its hierarchy has toward the deprivations and suffering of the poor Plunkett s portrayal of him is masterful, a portrayal in turns shocking, horrifying, and heart breaking.Father O Connor, whose story is told with perhapsdetail than any other character s, is pretty much the opposite of Father Giffley, whom he despises for his drinking, and for his rejection of the Church s position on the strikers and employers.And that position The Catholic Church was officially in support of the employers in the dispute, both because the employers represented authority , and perhapsimportantly because the union represented socialism, the dread anti god movement This makes perfect sense from the Church s perspective, I m afraid, but was still something of a surprise to me The way the Church was willing to describe the grovelling poor of the working class, trying to get some improvement in their status through unionism, as doing littlethan following the devil s direction, was both shocking and disheartening to me The novel does mention that several priests, besides Father Giffley, did reject this Illustrative of this attitude is what happened both in the novel and in actual fact when a plan to transport children of the striking workers to England was broached These children, many practically starving, were to live with sympathetic unionists there while the lockout continued The Church rallied faithful Catholics to guard the quaysides and prevent any such transfer, on the grounds that the children in these homes would be subject to Protestant, or worse yet, atheist influence and that therefore they must be forced to remain in Dublin with their families, and face the consequences of their striking fathers reckless and sinful actions The mind reels.The title Strumpet City Strumpet is a centuries old word for prostitute, of course So is Plunkett calling Dublin the City of whores I don t know, but actually he found the title in a play, quoted at the front of the book, called The Old Lady Says No , written in 1929 by an Irish playwright named Denis Johnston Shall we sit down together for a while Here on the hillside, where we can look down on the city Strumpet city in the sunsetSo old, so sick with memoriesOld Mother Some they say are damnedBut you, I know, will walk the streets of ParadiseHead high, and unashamed.When I was about done with this review, I found the following wonderful appreciation of the book It s from the Introduction to the latest edition of the novel, by Fintan O Toole novel was selected as Dublin s 2013 One City One Book book of the year, in commemoration of the centenary of the 1913 Lockout.Very highly recommended


  2. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    James Plunkett, although not a great stylist, enriches his profound knowledge of working class Irish history with a great love for the city of Dublin and a sympathy for all its inhabitants, from the wealthy to the poor As a consequence, this novel about the 1913 Lock out is wise and often very moving Plunkett is particularly good at showing how political convictions, rooted in a sense of place, lead people to action, and how these actions in turn transform their lives and alter their relations James Plunkett, although not a great stylist, enriches his profound knowledge of working class Irish history with a great love for the city of Dublin and a sympathy for all its inhabitants, from the wealthy to the poor As a consequence, this novel about the 1913 Lock out is wise and often very moving Plunkett is particularly good at showing how political convictions, rooted in a sense of place, lead people to action, and how these actions in turn transform their lives and alter their relationships in unexpected ways As such, it is a worthy descendant of the novels of Walter Scott


  3. Kinga Kinga says:

    Strumpet City is an Irish social novel published in 1969, that is good 50 years too late When everyone was waist deep in post modernist adventures, this novel tries to warm the hearts for a battle and does it in an earnest and unpretentious way Like with any other social novel, whether it s Steinbeck or Hugo, we know where the author s sympathies lie No secret is ever made of it And frankly I do have a soft spot for a good social novel with the pureness of its heart, its childlike stubborn Strumpet City is an Irish social novel published in 1969, that is good 50 years too late When everyone was waist deep in post modernist adventures, this novel tries to warm the hearts for a battle and does it in an earnest and unpretentious way Like with any other social novel, whether it s Steinbeck or Hugo, we know where the author s sympathies lie No secret is ever made of it And frankly I do have a soft spot for a good social novel with the pureness of its heart, its childlike stubbornness, its teenage idealism, its insistence on broadcasting all the wrongs and standing up for the little guy It s hard not to love Strumpet City , admire Fitz, pity Rashers, feel contempt for the Bradshaws, and despise Father O Connor oh, how wonderfully despicable he was This is all precisely what Plunkett wanted us to feel while we re being educated on the Dublin Lockout of 1913 It s a shame this novel somewhat missed its time and you won t see it in elegant Penguin Classics covers


  4. Noeleen Noeleen says:

    In addition to being my May Book Club read, Strumpet City is the chosen book for Dublin, One City, One Book, an initiative of Dublin City Council Further information on this initiative can be found at many others, I watched Hugh Leonard s adaptation of James Plunkett s Strumpet City on RTE television in 1980, we all sat glued to the television screen each week, eagerly awaiting each episode as it unfolded So I was delighted this was chosen in our Book Club a In addition to being my May Book Club read, Strumpet City is the chosen book for Dublin, One City, One Book, an initiative of Dublin City Council Further information on this initiative can be found at many others, I watched Hugh Leonard s adaptation of James Plunkett s Strumpet City on RTE television in 1980, we all sat glued to the television screen each week, eagerly awaiting each episode as it unfolded So I was delighted this was chosen in our Book Club as the read for May as I finally got a chance to read it and also revisit the television series hired on DVD whilst reading the book.Set in Dublin at the beginning of the 20th Century and focusing on the 1913 lock out, Strumpet City is considered a much loved Irish classic and rightly so James Plunkett did a superb job of capturing the social, political and economic aspects of this era These were indeed difficult times for workers and their families who lived in the tenements in Dublin City While most experienced extreme poverty, yet even at such a difficult time, they found new hope in Jim Larkin and the Trade Union movement There was a wonderful array of characters in the book representing all social classes, the upper class Bradshaws, the poverty stricken inhabitants of the tenements, the workers, trade union leaders and the clergy Some of my favourite characters were Father Gifley, Mr Yearling and of course aul Rashers Tierney himself As this year is the one hundred anniversary of the 1913 lock out, it s ironic that this year in Ireland so much controversy is evident over the past number of months between the public sector unions, government and employers The unions appear to have lost the respect and support of their grass roots over the last number of years and perhaps it would be no harm if their leaders sat down and read this book, just to remind them of their origins, their purpose, commitments and priorities But that s another day s discussion I think this book TV series should be compulsory reading watching in all secondary schools in Ireland as it captures a most historic and important time in Ireland s history, one which may not be familiar to a whole generation of Irish


  5. Emma Flanagan Emma Flanagan says:

    Strumpet City is the great social novel of Dublin Plunkett does for Dublin what writers like Dickens did for London He expertly encapsulates the social strata of early 20th century Dublin with all it s hardship and poverty but also the loving comradery of the people which helps them survive the hardship Plunketts descriptions of the city are masterful He lets us hear, smell and feel the clamour of the city A city which remained largely unchanged until the 1960s when the tenements were clear Strumpet City is the great social novel of Dublin Plunkett does for Dublin what writers like Dickens did for London He expertly encapsulates the social strata of early 20th century Dublin with all it s hardship and poverty but also the loving comradery of the people which helps them survive the hardship Plunketts descriptions of the city are masterful He lets us hear, smell and feel the clamour of the city A city which remained largely unchanged until the 1960s when the tenements were cleared once and for all While I would levy some criticism at Plunkett for his character development, he does give us Rashers Tierney I cannot think of Rashers match anywhere in literature and he must surely be one if the most beloved characters in Irish literature I would encourage all to read this book And for those interested there is an interesting podcast by History Ireland discussing the book and the period


  6. Stephen Caul Stephen Caul says:

    A very moving and personalised telling of the affects of the 1913 Dublin Lock outNo harsh reality around the poverty of the time is held back, a book that is as graphic as it is explicit.A profoundly moving story of the events leading up to and the devastating affects of not just the lock out but the poverty tens of thousands of families were forced to endureThe complete graphic descriptive passages of the abject poverty of the Dublin working classes is unsettling as it is uncomfortable all of w A very moving and personalised telling of the affects of the 1913 Dublin Lock outNo harsh reality around the poverty of the time is held back, a book that is as graphic as it is explicit.A profoundly moving story of the events leading up to and the devastating affects of not just the lock out but the poverty tens of thousands of families were forced to endureThe complete graphic descriptive passages of the abject poverty of the Dublin working classes is unsettling as it is uncomfortable all of which is made evenpainful and palpable when compared to the comforts and respectability of the middle classes.Plunkett gives us great portraits of people such as Rashers Tierney and Father O Connor all from different backgrounds but sharing a the same but different city.This book was written from the heart


  7. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    A good book of historical fiction set in Dublin and focusing on the Lockout of 1913 There are characters from all walks of life and the story relayed is realistic The plight of the poor can not possibly leave the reader unmoved In the foreground you have a set of fictional characters, in the background the well known Jim Larkin My complaint is that you can easily sort the characters into two groups the villains and the heroes.The bottom line I felt I ought to beengaged than I was.


  8. Vivienne Vivienne says:

    Wow, wow, wow I finally finished this book and, boy, was I was blown away by it Read this if you like epic novels you like historical novels you like The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist you re interested in Ireland or want to knowabout Irish history you abhor poverty and social injustice you want a really good read with great characters that will make you think and tug at your heart strings.


  9. Frank Frank says:

    I first read this sometime in the early 80s, after having seen the RT television programme on PBS It s in the sprawling epic category, although it doesn t stray much further north than Drumcondra nor south of D n Laoghaire the Phoenix Park marks its western extremity and Dublin Bay is the east Oh, there are mentions of Connemara and Cork, Liverpool and London, but those are place people will come from or go to The real action takes place either in Kingstown as D n Laoghaire was then known I first read this sometime in the early 80s, after having seen the RT television programme on PBS It s in the sprawling epic category, although it doesn t stray much further north than Drumcondra nor south of D n Laoghaire the Phoenix Park marks its western extremity and Dublin Bay is the east Oh, there are mentions of Connemara and Cork, Liverpool and London, but those are place people will come from or go to The real action takes place either in Kingstown as D n Laoghaire was then known or within a few blocks of the Liffey inside a circle which could be drawn with Liberty Hall at the centre and Parnell Square on the radius A tight little world indeed for an epic.The cast of characters is expansive enough, however mostly families There are the wealthy Bradshaws husband and wife occupying a handsome home in Kingstown with their two servants, the elderly Miss Gilchrist and young Mary there is the de facto family group in the rectory of St Brigid s the alcoholic Fr Giffley, the sincere but dull Fr O Sullivan, and the priggish youthful Fr O Connor, transferred from Kingstown and a continuing link between the inner city and leafy suburb then there is the extended clan at Number 3 Chandler s Court, a rundown tenement within St Brigid s parish Robert and Mary Fitzpatrick she formerly in service to the Bradshaws , the Mulhalls across the hall, the Henneseys layabout husband, shrewish wife and multitudinous children and finally if you will, the beggar Rashers Tierney and his dog Rusty, also occupants of No 3, if only the basement We might also consider a larger family, even by Irish Catholic standards the brotherhood of Big Jim Larkin s Irish Transport and General Workers Union, of whom many of the above are members There are, as might be expected in an epic, many walk ons, including King Edward VII, Jim Larkin and James Connelly, a cheery handful of rozzers and rogues, the occasional hooer with the requisite heart of gold , and on and on, with cameos by all the leading lights of the Celtic revival and beyond.No epic is worth the handle without an epic struggle, and this is the centre of the novel The 1913 Dublin Lockout, when Labour and Management effectively closed down the entire city, throwing thousands of the poorest out of work, ruining innumerable businesses and setting the next stage in Ireland s long struggle for independence The novel begins in 1907, introducing the characters on the occasion of a rare royal visit, which gives plenty of opportunity for Plunkett to establish the political stance of each.Plunkett s writing style is workmanlike, straightforward without being too flowery In spite of the huge cast, the novel moves along at a brisk clip, driven as it is by historical events I make no claim to verify the veracity of the history the general outlines conform The real story is how huge events affect little people in this, James Plunkett s Strumpet City is successful


  10. Julia Damphouse Julia Damphouse says:

    Strumpet City is considered a masterpiece for good reason, it really is an a absolutely top notch example of what a social novel can be It s about the 1913 Dublin lockout and the lives of all sorts of people involved over the course of several years Every relationship is meaningful and every character is deep and interesting, even the ones you dislike I haven t stopped thinking about it since finishing it yesterday and im sure I ll keep thinking about it for a while yet


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