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The Insurrection in Dublin

James Stephens

Book Overview: 

The Easter Rising was a rebellion staged in Ireland in Easter Week, 1916. The Rising was an attempt by militant Irish republicans to win independence from Britain by force of arms. This account was written by Irish novelist James Stephens, who lived and worked in Dublin at the time.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .We have all the City. We have everything."

(Some men and two women drew behind me to listen).

"This morning," said he, "the police rushed us. One ran at me to take my revolver. I fired but I missed him, and I hit a—"

"You have far too much talk," said a voice to the young man.

I turned a few steps away, and glancing back saw that he was staring after me, but I know that he did not see me—he was looking at turmoil, and blood, and at figures that ran towards him and ran away—a world in motion and he in the centre of it astonished.

The men with him did not utter a sound. They were both older. One, indeed, a short, sturdy man, had a heavy white moustache. He was quite collected, and took no notice of the skies, or the spaces. He saw a man in rubbers placing his hand on a motor bicycle in the barricade, and called to him instantly: "Let that alone."

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Read this my last day in Dublin, and wish I'd read it my first as it is a detailed account of the week of the Easter rising as Stephens was walking about the city trying to find out what was happening. It has a beautiful immediacy, and is written from the point of view of a writer involved in the...more

Beautifully written with wonderful phrasing where most sentences are more beautiful than the ones they follow. Stephens fully captures what was happening during the insurrection, but does not glorify it. He speaks with the indifference of a Murrow describing the bombing of London; a remarkable ac...more

Написанный за несколько дней и изданный по горячим следам отчет очевидца о Пасхальном восстании, очень личный. Позиция у Стивенза настолько тут человечна (а не политична), что можно многое понять об этом сложном и болезненном «стокгольмском синдроме» ирландцев к англичанам (то, что дублинцы восст...more

An interesting book about and was written during the events of the rising and Insurrection in Dublin of Easter week in 1916. As the writer was trying to figure out what was happening. You felt like you were there with him as it was happening. Truly a great read if you are into history, Ireland, w...more

Un auténtico hallazgo de los editores de Godot. Así es como se viven las revoluciones: menos románticas que lo imaginado, más rumor que hecho, y sin una opinión precisa por parte de sus testigos. Es impactante la clarividencia de Stephens, que escribió el diario a medida en que se desarrollaba la...more

This is a first-hand account of the Easter Rising in 1916, published in October of the same year. Stephens wrote what he saw and heard, and the account is riveting in its straightforwardness: "the city is at war and here's what I know." Very little, as it turns out, as there is a lot of walking a...more

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising so I decided to re-read this book as each day unfolded but I did finish one day early. The rising ended 100 years ago tomorrow which was then followed by executions. I love the immediacy this history was told with and the chapters cove...more

I am taking an on-line course on the Irish rebellion and found this book on my shelf of Irish history. Stephens' daily account of the Easter Rebellion added insight on the impact of the rebellion on the daily life of Dubliners. No paper, no bread, no milk, sleepless nights, not being able to head...more

"And I believe that all but local politics are unfruitful and soul-destroying....We have more problems to resolve in our towns and cities than many generations of minds will get tired of striving with."

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