Strumpet City

Strumpet CityThis New Edition Of The Epic Strumpet City Marks The Centenary Of The 1913 Lockout It Has Been Chosen As Dublin City Libraries One City, One Book For 2013 First Published In 1969, It Has Repeatedly Been Described As One Of The Greatest Irish Novels Of All Time.Centring On The Seminal Lockout Of 20,000 Workers In Dublin In 1913, Strumpet City Encompasses A Wide Sweep Of City Life From The Destitution Of Rashers Tierney To The Solid, Aspirant Respectability Of Fitz And Mary, The Priestly Life Of Father O Connor, And The Upper Class World Of Yearling And The Bradshaws, It Paints A Portrait Of A City Of Stark Contrasts, With An Urban Working Class Mired In Vicious Poverty Strumpet City Is Much Than A Book About The Lockout Through The Power Of Vivid Fiction We Encounter All The Complexities Of Humanity.The Brilliant And Much Loved TV Series, Originally Screened By RTE In 1980, Is Fondly Remembered By Many But To Read The Book Is To Immerse Yourself In Social And Historical Writing Akin To Chekhov And Tolstoy Strumpet City Is The Great, Sweeping Irish Historical Novel Of The 20th Century. It was one of those never ending June evenings, with long reaches of sky from which the light seemed unable to ebb Rashers moved slowly At Chandlers Court he stopped to get his breath and to look up at the sky It was never ending, with never fading light He thought of Death and felt it was waiting for him somewhere in the sky s deeps, cold Sergeant Death, as the song said, Death the sad smiling tyrant, the cruel remorseless old foe.A wonderful novel, this It tells the stories, spread over the years 1907 1914, of a number of characters, most of them in the lower working class of Dublin, but several from other stations priests, business owners, a slum lord The focus of the story is the famous though only famous to me now that I have read this novel Dublin Lock out of 1913 14, the most severe industrial dispute in the history of Ireland.The characters are real, not caricatures Some of them will be quite unforgettable to me I think even if I can t remember their names after a short space into the future One of the unforgettable characters , James Larkin, actually was the union organizer who sparked the events leading up to the Lock out, and provided both the rallying point for the workers, and the target for the employers and every other segment
James Plunkett, although not a great stylist, enriches his profound knowledge of working class Irish history with a great love for the city of Dublin and a sympathy for all its inhabitants, from the wealthy to the poor As a consequence, this novel about the 1913 Lock out is wise and often very moving P
Strumpet City is an Irish social novel published in 1969, that is good 50 years too late When everyone was waist deep in post modernist adventures, this novel tries to warm the hearts for a battle and does it in an earnest and unpretentious way Like with any other social novel, whether it s Steinbeck or Hugo, we know where the author s sympathies lie No secret is ever made of it And frankly I do have a soft spot for a good social novel with the pureness of its heart, its childlike stubbornness, its teenage idealism, its insistence on broadcasting all the wrongs and standing up for the little guy It s hard not to love Strumpet City , admire Fitz, pity Rashers, feel contempt for the Bradshaws, and despise Father O Connor oh, how wonderfully despicable he was This is all precisely what Plu
In addition to being my May Book Club read, Strumpet City is the chosen book for Dublin, One City, One Book, an initiative of Dublin City Council Further information on this initiative can be found at many others, I watched Hugh Leonard s adaptation of James Plunkett s Strumpet City on RTE television in 1980, we all sat glued to the television screen each week, eagerly awaiting each episode as it unfolded So I was delighted this was chosen in our Book Club as the read for May as I finally got a chance to read it and also revisit the television series hired on DVD whilst reading the book.Set in Dublin at the beginning of the 20th Century and focusing on the 1913 lock out, Strumpet City is considered a much loved Irish classic and rightly so James Plunkett did a superb job of capturing the social, political and economic aspects of this era These were indeed difficult times for workers and their families who lived in the tenements in Dublin City While most experienced extreme poverty, yet even at such a difficult time, they found new hope in Jim Larkin and the Trade Union movement There was a wonderful array of characters in the book representing all social classes, the upper class Bradshaws, the poverty stricken inhabitants of the tenements, the workers, trade union leaders and the clergy Some of my favourite characters were Fathe
Strumpet City is the great social novel of Dublin Plunkett does for Dublin what writers like Dickens did for London He expertly encapsulates the social strata of early 20th century Dublin with all it s hardship and poverty but also the loving comradery of the people which helps them survive the hardship Plunketts descriptions of the city are masterful He lets us hear, smell and feel the clamour of the city A city which remained largely unchanged until the 1960s when the tenements were cleared once and for all While I would levy some criticism at Plunkett for his character development, he
A very moving and personalised telling of the affects of the 1913 Dublin Lock outNo harsh reality around the poverty of the time is held back, a book that is as graphic as it is explicit.A profoundly moving story of the events leading up to and the devastating affects of not just the lock out but the poverty tens of thousands of families were forced to endureThe complete graphic descriptive passages of the abject poverty of the Dublin working classes is unsettling as it is uncomfortable all of which is made even painful and palpable when compared to the comforts and respectability of the middle classes.Plunkett gives us great portraits of people such as Rashers Tierney and Father O Connor all from different backgrounds but sharing a the same but d
A good book of historical fiction set in Dublin and focusing on the Lockout of 1913 There are characters from all walks of life and the story relayed is realistic The plight of the poor can not possibly leave th
I first read this sometime in the early 80s, after having seen the RT television programme on PBS It s in the sprawling epic category, although it doesn t stray much further north than Drumcondra nor south of D n Laoghaire the Phoenix Park marks its western extremity and Dublin Bay is the east Oh, there are mentions of Connemara and Cork, Liverpool and London, but those are place people will come from or go to The real action takes place either in Kingstown as D n Laoghaire was then known or within a few blocks of the Liffey inside a circle which could be drawn with Liberty Hall at the centre and Parnell Square on the radius A tight little world indeed for an epic.The cast of characters is expansive enough, however mostly families There are the wealthy Bradshaws husband and wife occupying a handsome home in Kingstown with their two servants, the elderly Miss Gilchrist and young Mary there is the de facto family group in the rectory of St Brigid s the alcoholic Fr Giffley, the sincere but dull Fr O Sullivan, and the priggish youthful Fr O Connor, transferred from Kingstown and a continuing link between the inner city and leafy suburb then there is the extended clan at Number 3 Chandler s Court, a rundown tenement within St Brigid s parish Robert and Mary Fitzpatrick she formerly in service to the Bradshaws , the Mulhalls across the hall, the Henneseys layabout husband, shrewish wife and multitudinous children and finally if you will, the beggar Rashers Tierney and his d
I thoroughly enjoyed this book I first read it in the 1970s and at that time I was young and idealistic I believed that all the problems covered in the book, the extreme poverty and injustice at the beginning of the twentieth century were things of the past and that workers were not treated in that way any The story covers the period prior to the beginning of the troubles in Ireland and focuses upon the treatment of the men on strike for fair pay who were facing Lock out from their jobs We are introduced to Fr O Connor who has just arrived at St Brigid s Church as he asked to be transferred to a parish where he could work with the poor The trouble with Fr O Connor is that he does not like poor people, they are dirty, they smell, they beg and he considers them to have brought a lot of their troubles upon themselves with their own feckless behaviour The Parish Priest in charge of St Brigid s is Fr Giffley, at heart a good and caring man who has spent his life in the parish and has been worn down trying to help the poor He has a severe drink problem and is also walking a fine line between sanity and madnes
Wow, wow, wow I finally finished this book and, boy, was I was blown away by it Read this if you like epic novels you like historical novels you like The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist you re interested in Ireland or want to kno

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  • Paperback
  • 560 pages
  • Strumpet City
  • James Plunkett
  • English
  • 06 November 2018
  • 9780717156108