Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I think the narrator should have told his father the truth. That the father died, thinking that his brother (whom he had looked-up to) was a traitor, was a betrayal both of the father and Eddie. The narrator, in order to keep his mother's secret safe, did a great injustice to his father. And the mother was definitely not as fragile as the narrator would have us believe. My sympathy kind of evaporated for her as the novel progressed. She too should have told her husband the truth.
First Line: On the stairs, there was a clear, plain silence.
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