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GUEST,HiLo BS: Easter Rising - April 24-29, 1916 (1327* d) RE: Easter Rising - April 24-29, 1916 23 Apr 16


No one seriously interested in history gets their knowledge of history from novels. " many people's knowledge of Ireland come from reading such novels" . On what basis do you make that claim Jim. and then there is your mention of bias in novels and suggesting that books could only be judged if one had actually read them. Fair point Jim, then you accuse Uris of being " more openly partisan in his novel on Israel , even though you have not read it. odd logic that.
I have tried ( twice deleted) to make the   point that there is a difference between popular narrative and history. historical novelists often deal only in popular narrative, Uris , and yes I have read him, does this,. Uris is neither a very good writer or a very good historian, so learning history from him is a dubious exercise at best and , at worst, an intellectually lazy way of attempting to acquire knowledge.


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