Offbeat Book Club | Winter Meeting

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Offbeat Book Club will discuss Say Nothing: a True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland on Thursday, February 24 at 7:00 PM via Google Meet.

To find out how to register and more, email offbeat@sapl.ca

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.

FURTHER READING

Understanding a Murdered Mother of 10 and the Terrorists Who Might Have Killed Her | Vanity Fair

Life in Divis Flats | The New Yorker

Britain’s Troubles, Ireland’s Pain | Jacobin Magazine

Poem: Whatever You Say, Say Nothing by Seamus Heaney

For Him, the Delight Is in the Digging | NYT

WATCH & LISTEN

Chicago Humanities Festival Interview

Jean McConville’s daughter, Helen speaks

Brendan Hughes on Sinn Féin

Gerry Adams Interview BBC

The Wind That Shakes the Barley 

I, Dolours (watchlist for documentary)

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