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Belfast Boyhood By Thomas McManus
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Set in pre-troubles Belfast, a boy leads a carefree life as he and his friends experience the thrill of growing up in the warm Irish society that preceded the onslaught of murder and mayhem. Told... More > from the perspective of a working class protestant who escaped the trap of sectarian violence, these stories provide a view of life in earlier, more humane times, when dreams and desires could still be pursued without the pall of fear that spread over Ireland in later years.Spanning fifteen years from schoolboy to man, these stories provide an insight to the lighter side of Irish life in Belfast. A contrast to the harsh media portrayal of Ulster during the years of violent clashes in the late sixties and seventies.< Less
Belfast Boyhood By Thomas McManus
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Set in pre-troubles Belfast, a boy leads a carefree life as he and his friends experience the thrill of growing up in the warm Irish Society that preceded the onslaught of murder and mayhem Told... More > from the perspective of a working class protestant who escaped from the trap of sectarian violence, these stories provide a view of life in earlier, more humane times, when dreams and desires could still be pursued without the pall of fear that spread over Ireland in later years. Spanning fifteen years from schoolboy to man, his life in Ulster describes the lighter side of Irish life than that portrayed in the media during the years of violent clashes in the late sixties and seventies.< Less
Brief Moment By Thomas McManus
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Written over a span of 40 years these poems capture intimate feelings of the range of emotions we experience as we face life with fortitude, caring, and sometimes confusion. The topics range from the... More > meaning of life and existence to love and hate, war and peace, beauty and ignorance. Science and critical thinking weave in and out of the web of topics and underpin much of the lessons and poetic conclusions expressed. Yet, the poems are a personal statement emerging from the normal experiences of living, loving and thinking. It is a commentary on the actions we humans take and the repercussion they have on those around us, as well as the far reaching effects of our society as we struggle to understand how to live in a not so perfect world. There are no answers, just suggestions and glimpses of possibilities, with lots of questions that frame our fragile environment both physical and emotional.< Less