When I started reading this I wasn t expecting a great deal from it in all honesty the first few chapters seemed to be largely a potted history of the troubles in Ireland during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with the author seeming to assume that we are able to keep up with the names and places he rushes us through, being as familiar with the background details as he is after however many months of detailed research Combined with the rapidly appearing and expanding cast of characters in these opening chapters, I couldn t help but feel slightly confused and unable to find my feet.
Once we get past this rush however, and the two central protagonists find their place in the real plot of the novel, then the story really takes off To play on the novel s title, all this political and military history acts as kindling for t To be honest I struggled with this book and truthfully only enjoyed the last third I enjoyed finding outabout the struggle for independence in Ireland but I feel the book left much to the readers own devices to find outoutside of the novel Could have included expansion on various themes and a little less detail on the characters themselves Most of the novel is written in the present tense which I struggle with, I found it didn t help the flow of the story line.



Ireland from the point of view of the Anglo Irish But completely fair to the other side Felt as if the latter part of the book was written first and the earlier story added to put it in context A lot about horse racing Christopher Bland portrays a capable skill in providing the reader with an understanding of the early years of the Anglo Irish way of life The story flows nicely but with little impact A nice story with some detail, but rather slow in my opinion coming to no real end at all.
Ashes In The Wind is an intriguing mix of the fictional and the historical Derriquin Castle in County Kerry, ruined by fire in 1922, in this book becomes the Burke family seat, but was actually built by one of Christopher Bland s forebears The main characters are drawn from two families, the Catholic Sullivans and the Protestant Burkes, who find themselves on opposing sides in the Irish War of Independence The action advances across three generations of battling and begetting, onward tomodern times when the banks become the new enemy, their dangerously risky lending in the property market resulting in the demise of the Celtic Tiger.
Christopher Bland writes with authority and skill, the breadth of his grasp and insight into the history of twentieth century Ireland evident on every page This isthan a war n Ashes In The Wind is an intriguing mix of the fictional and the historical Derriquin Castle in County Kerry, ruined by fire in 1922, in this book becomes the Burke family seat, but was actually built by one of Christopher Bland s forebears The main characters are drawn from two families, the Catholic Sullivans and the Protestant Burkes, who find themselves on opposing sides in the Irish War of Independence The action advances across three generations of battling and begetting, onward tomodern times when the banks become the new enemy, their dangerously risky lending in the property market resulting in the demise of the Celtic Tiger.
Christopher Bland writes with authority and skill, the breadth of his grasp and insight into the history of twentieth century Ireland evident on every page This isthan a war novel interspersed wit á Ashes In The Wind á A beautiful book about Ireland 9 out of 10.
Loved this book, but for me the first half was muchinteresting gripping than the second Also the author seems to have a problem with his main characters having positive relationships with women beyond their mothers Or perhaps I should say that the author creates characters who just can t pick the uncomplicated type Boys Are Growing Up In County Kerry, Irish Tomas Sullivan And Anglo Irish James Burke, Close Friends From Different Tribes This Is Ireland In , And Their Friendship Will Be Torn Apart In The War Of Independence And In The Civil War That FollowsThe Entwined Fates Of The Burkes And The Sullivans Are Played Out Over Three Generations, In Kerry, Spain, Northumberland, Mount Athos And Finally Back In Kerry, Where The Two Families Meet AgainSubtle, Gripping, Beautifully Written, Ashes In Trailer æ Ashes In The Wind PDF by ¼ Christopher Bland The Wind Is Rooted In The History Of Christopher Bland S Own Anglo Irish Family, And Brings To Vivid Life The People And Places Of Th Century Ireland In A Story Of Love, Violence And Redemption See At A brilliant study of the fate of two families in the context of the tumultuous events of the early twentieth century in Ireland and elsewhere Rather stronger on the Anglo Irish side than the indigenous Irish, but that s Bland s background Touching and personal, but also very well researched.

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