The Dream of the Celt

The Dream of the Celt

Book - 2012 | 1st American ed
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"In 1916, the Irish nationalist Roger Casement was hanged by the British government for treason. Casement had dedicated his extraordinary life to improving the plight of oppressed peoples around the world--especially the native populations in the Belgian Congo and the Amazon--but when he dared to draw a parallel between the injustices he witnessed in African and American colonies and those committed by the British in Northern Ireland, he became involved in a cause that led to his imprisonment and execution. Ultimately, the scandals surrounding Casement's trial and eventual hanging tainted his image to such a degree that his pioneering human rights work wasn't fully reexamined until the 1960s."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374143466
Branch Call Number: F VARGA-M
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Grossman, Edith 1936-


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Feb 14, 2019

A fascinating, well written fictionalized history of a complicated man. Embarrassed that as a gay man with some knowledge of Africa and Latin America that I was not more knowledgable of Casement.

Feb 04, 2015

I learnt alot about this very complicated Irishman through this book. It was a hard going book at times though which may have something to do with the translation. Despite this it was an interesting read about the horrors of colonisation in the name of enlightenment.

ChristchurchLib Dec 04, 2014

Knighted in 1911 and executed in 1916, Dublin-born diplomat Roger Casement went from hero to traitor in just five years. His investigation of human rights abuses perpetrated by British industry earns him a reputation as a great humanitarian. However, as a fervent Irish nationalist, Casement participates in the Easter Rising and is imprisoned and charged with treason. While Casement awaits trial, his private diaries, containing descriptions of his homosexual relationships, are circulated by the government in an attempt to alienate Casement's supporters, who advocate clemency. Alternating between Casement's early career in the foreign service and his final days, The Dream of the Celt is a fascinating character study of a man whose lofty ideals and human frailties led to his downfall. Historical Fiction newsletter December 2014.

Feb 09, 2012

Excellen read. Vargas Llosa is a Nobel Laureate.


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