At Swim, Two Boys Book Summary and Study Guide

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Two teens in Dublin, Jim Mack and Doyler Doyle, rekindle their childhood friendships. As they spend more time together, it is obvious they are attracted to each other as more than friends. Together they embark on a quest of self-discovery at the same time that Ireland prepares to rise against British rule. This is the brilliantly written story of their love of each other and their country.
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The review of this Book prepared by Michael Da Costa

I wrote this book, so you won't be surprised that I give it a fairly high score. Still, I think it is worth reading, from your library if not your bookshop. It's set in Dublin 1916, the time of the Rising against British rule. The main story is of two boys who find in their love for each other the country they will fight for. Other things of course happen -- it is 200,000 words long. But the question it asks, put very simply is: Is the love of Ireland so very different from loving an Irishman? The writing at times, I've been told, is quite poetic.
The review of this Book prepared by Jamie O'Neill

Against the dramatic back-drop of rebellion in Ireland, 1915, two young men set out to swim towards the Muglins rocks, off Dublin bay. A growing awareness of their feelings for each other is bound up with Ireland's growing awareness of the coming conflict with their colonial masters, Britain. The 10 years it took the author to write, bears fruit in the wonderful, almost Joycean langauage and the compelling descriptions of Dublin & its surroundings.
The review of this Book prepared by Paul McMichael

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Irish Other aspects:    -   story of the poor Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   conduct in war Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Lover is    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Irish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   swimming on Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   touching of anatomy

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