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At swim, two boys

Author: Jamie O'Neill
Publisher: London : Scribner, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Set in Dublin, At Swim, Two Boys follows the year to Easter 1916, the time of Ireland's brave but fractured uprising against British rule. O'Neill tells the story of the love of two boys: Jim, a naive and reticent scholar and the younger son of the foolish aspiring shopkeeper Mr. Mack, and Doyler, the dark, rough-diamond son of Mr. Mack's old army pal. Doyler might once have made a scholar like Jim, but his folks  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jamie O'Neill
ISBN: 0743207122 9780743207126 0743207130 9780743207133
OCLC Number: 47037422
Awards: Lambda Literary Award, 2002
Description: 643 p. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Jamie O'Neill.

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Ireland, Easter 1915, turbulent times, and two young boys make a pact. In a year's time they will jump off Forty Foot, a jut of rock where gentlemen bathe in the nude, and swim to the glow of the  Read more...

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