Flanagan, Thomas. Tenants of Time. Warner Books, 1989.
Reason read: to continue the series started in March in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
This is the account of the Fenian Rising of 1867 in the time of the Parnell Special Commission. All of Ireland rises up and greets war with bravery and stern determination. The chief storytellers are Patrick Prentiss and Hugh MacMahon, but you’ll also meet Robert Delaney, a shopkeeper and Ned Nolan, a terrorist. Like Katherine by Anya Seton Tenants of Time walks a tightrope between fact and fiction – a beautiful balance of great storytelling.
As an aside, I have a pang of nostalgia reading about Waterford crystal. I dated someone who lived in Waterford. He was my first “exotic” love.
Quotes to quote, “It was in a different world that he tended his roses, not the world of the white March morning” (p 174), and “It was a moment hinged upon silence, upon dreadful expectation” ( 201).
Playlist: “A Nation Once Again”, “The West’s Lake”, and “God Save Ireland”.
Nancy said: Pearl called the entire trilogy “magnificent.”
BookLust Twist: from Book Lust in the chapter called “Historical Fiction for Kids of All Ages” (p 114).