Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Patrick Radden Keefe writes an intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions.

In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes.

Patrick Radden Keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders.

Title:Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385521314
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    Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Reviews

  • William2

    Harrowing. I’ve always wanted a book that could describe simply and clearly what happened in Ireland during The Troubles. Not being Irish, I’ve too often felt the pall of incomprehensibility daunt...

  • Rachel

    I wish it weren't only February because the statement 'this is the best book I've read all year' does not carry very much weight when we still have 10 months to go. But, nonetheless, this is my reigni...

  • megs_bookrack

    Very impressive, Radden Keefe. Very impressive indeed.Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland is an intricate and moving piece of narrative nonfiction concerning The Trouble...

  • Dita

    Breathtakingly haunting and good.Patrick Radden Keefe tells the story of the conflict in Northern Ireland between the Irish nationalists, (Catholics) and the unionists, (Protestants) during the time d...

  • Matt

    “[A] pair of dispassionate [IRA] gunmen were sent from Belfast. Before the killing, they summoned a priest. This was not unusual: there were certain priests in that era who grew accustomed to the la...

  • Paula

    National Book Award nominee 2019National Book Critics Circle nominee 2019Fantastic history about The Troubles. I listened to the audiobook and was enthralled from page one. The book really gave a good...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook, read by Matthew Blaney. Matthew has an engaging Irish accent and was easy to understand. WOW & YIKES (as for this book)....TRUE CRIME.....ha,....in just 14 hours and 40 minutes!!! .....I ha...

  • Matt

    After reading a history-rich fictional pentalogy about the Irish struggles, I could not help but turn to Patrick Radden Keefe’s book. Keefe takes the reader into the heart of the Anglo-Irish conflic...

  • Erin

    Everything you have heard or read about this book is true. Say Nothing is THE nonfiction book of 2019. My review specifically will focus on my experience with the Audiobook. In Belfast, history is...

  • Johann (jobis89)

    “All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory.” - Viet Thanh Nguyen.Back in school when I was selecting which subjects I wanted to progress with for A-Le...