Winston ('Winter') Crowley is a young Irishman who grows up in Canada, but feels forever bound by family ties to his native Belfast. At the age of (almost) twenty, this boy in a cultural bubble returns to Northern Ireland at the request of his aloof, judgemental father, in a final effort to make things right between them during the course of an extraordinary odyssey, circling Ireland's wind-swept coastal shores. While father and son get to know each other as adults and equals, Winter learns something of the war-torn history of his homeland, the mysterious split within two branches of the family, and the attitudes of the Irish toward modern warfare generally, in a war-torn world. But conflict isn't always resolved with bullets. His father teaches Winston a great deal more, including some shocking truths about the oft-time brutal relationship between love, lust, religion and politics.The story of Winston's voyage is fleshed out with other memories - his comically traumatic circumcision at the age of eight, his meeting with a famous, drunken poet and his chance encounter with a talking horse. Collectively, this weird gallery of colourful snapshots captures the life and times of Winston Crowley, Polymath in the making, named after 'a British National hero and an Irish nut,' his travels, friends and family, his own ruminations vividly explored. If ever there were such a thing as a story with something for everyone, this is it.
I was kindly sent this book by Austin Macauley Publishers in exchange of an honest review.
The first part of this book is about a father and son who were born in Ireland but moved to Canada. His father has sadly died and the book recaps on a trip they took together back to Ireland. It discusses in depth about the different places in Ireland and also about the sons brief romantic encounters.
The book talks about what Ireland was like during the war which was interesting to read, as being British, I’ve only ever heard about it from our version of events.
The second part of the book is 8 short stories about different events that happened in the authors life. I found these story’s to be funny, thought provoking and also emotional.
I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland and after reading this book my desire to visit is even bigger. It’s written very well and has aspects that everyone would enjoy.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone, its great for people who either want to visit Ireland and learn a bit more about it’s history or for anyone who lives/lived there to reminisce about things they may have forgotten or perhaps to learn something new.
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