‘A Last Look in the Water Mirror’ By Seosamh Ó Riain

Violence which led to the tragic young death of a friend compels Diarmaid O’ Connor to look closer at the world around him. That world has just come out of the horrors of the First World War and has long accepted bloodshed and brutality as part of everyday life. Diarmaid is idealistic and wishes to take a stand against the injustices of British colonisation as he sees it. The problems from without are easier to identify and categorise. Less discernible but equally destructive are the problems from within. Idealism opens doors of great possibility but also paves the path for a very Machiavellian and ultra-conservative leadership, one that fights for physical freedom but shuns its cultural and intellectual counterparts. They want a rebellion, but Diarmaid covets societal renaissance and a cultural reawakening that goes beyond a mere rebellion. A Last Look in the Water Mirror is a novel exploring consequences and how idealism born out of persecution can degenerate into disillusionment and death.

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