Books: Irish Shocker

DEATH IS SO FAIR — Louis Lynch D'Alton—Doubleday, Doran ($2).

When the bloody bubble of Dublin's Easter Rising fizzled out in 1916, it left a number of ruined buildings, a few snipers still forlornly shooting from housetops, a profound wave of disillusionment in the Irish revolutionary movement. Last week, a young Irishman named Louis Lynch D'Alton dramatized the change in revolutionary hearts in a bitter first novel that showed how two Irishmen reacted to the Easter Week fiasco. To Revolutionist Andrew Kilfoyle, who fought in it, the Rising was sickening, "a revolt of poets and schoolmasters," inept, ill-planned, melodramatic, futile. It convinced...

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