1916 And All That is as an extremely funny and irreverent satirical history of Ireland. The central assumption behind '1916 And All That' is that, despite all of the compulsory school lessons and exams taken, there are only a few muddled facts of our history that most people retain into adulthood.
We recall snatches of events, names and dates, and few of us can piece together a coherent narrative or offer up any description of events in detail.
We all know Robert Emmet's name, but what did he do, why did he do it, and when? This book references the fuzzily remembered facts, but plays very fast and extremely loose with the details of our history.
C.M. Boylans wonderfully irreverent take on the history of Ireland. It will take you from the Age of the Third Best Metal, through the struggles of Wolfe Tone (Irelands best-named revolutionary), right through the Celtic Tiger years, when there was pancetta and rubies for all. And then on to the present day, when there are fewer rubies.
|Publication date||20 Sep 2012|