Trinty by Leon Uris
I gave this one 5 of 5 stars on Goodreads
This story follows the lives of two Irish Catholic boys growing up between revolutions. Their folks were Fenians and they grown up to be republicans. It’s a fight that is never quite won and a struggle that only makes some progress at slow intervals, even now. If you want to feel what life is like for a colonized people, this is a good trip inside that mind.
It is a dreary & beautiful slog through fictionalized history of a conquered people. If depressing stories punctuated by periods of unrequited hope are not your thing, you will not enjoy this book. I, however, found it was not like a book at all, it wasn’t like reading a story. It was being the fly on a wall. I was so immersed in the story it felt like being there. If it were just fiction, maybe it would feel like too much, but in a very real way this is exactly what it must have felt like to be Irish Catholic at the time and is therefore a valuable exercise in empathy and a lesson in the damage inflicted on the colonized mind.