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Book Club: March


Digging into the archives of all of the novels that have circulated around the globe, I had come across a novel that was published in 1987 by an author named Thomas Gallagher. I had read some of his work before, and was thoroughly impressed with his writing style and also with the way he told his stories. For they truly did capture me, and in a way, forced me to finish the novel right then and there; which there are no complaints coming from me.

Paddy’s Lament was just like every other book by Thomas Gallagher, a well-written, incredibly detailed, historic, and overall the type of story to draw one in, so that they could witness first hand and through the eyes of the character. The story takes place in the 1800’s in Ireland, during the time where all of the citizens were peasants and every one of them relied on one source of food to keep them alive into the next day, the potato. However in 1846, a disease had run rampant across Ireland, taking their only source of food and turned it inedible. Everyone was trying to figure out what they were going to do, what they were going to do for their families, and what else would they be able to eat without falling ill.

Without a doubt, you will enjoy this novel. After reading it, it will make you want to buy all of Mr. Gallagher’s novels.

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