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Across the Barricades


Bokanmeldelse om den andre boka fra Joan Lingard
Sjanger:Anmeldelse (bok, film...)Lastet opp:15.03.2001
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Title: Across the Barricades
Author: Joan Lingard
Published by: Hamish Hamilton, England
Publishing year: First published in 1973
Pages: 174 pages, parted in 20 chapters.

A short summary of the novel

Sadie and Kevin meet each other again after 3 years. They become very close friends, but their parents doesn’t like that they are seeing each other, because of the reason that she is a Protestant and he is a Catholic. Everyone has something to say about their relationship.
Sadie’s brother and Kevin’s sister doesn’t mind that they are seeing someone with another belief, but when they notice how this can hurt Kevin and Sadie, they start to doubt. Neighbours start to talk, and their friends turn their backs to them.
Everything seems to go the wrong way for Kevin and Sadie. One day Kevin and Sadie runs into Sadie’s old geography teacher. He is very kind to them, and lets them meet each other at his place. Sadie starts to work for him, and she soon finds new friends in him and some of his neighbours.

This novel tells us about how difficult it is to live in a world filled with barricades. It is not easy to have a boyfriend who is Catholic, in a place where Catholics are hated (or the opposite way). Sadie and Kevin gets to experience that. The walls at Sadie’s home becomes destroyed by drawings, and so does the walls on Mr. Blake’s house. Kevin is beaten up several times, and they both loose their jobs because of their love to a person with another belief. The few friends they still have left, is threatened, and Kevin is almost put in jail, because of a gun that didn’t belong to him.
This is the story about being young in a difficult time. Should Kevin and Sadie give up their love, because of the problems it caused? Did they have any choice?

The Characters

Sadie and Kevin are the main characters in this novel. Here are the most important characters.

Sadie Jackson is a 16 years old girl, who lives with her brother, Tommy, and their parents in a protestant neighbourhood of Belfast. She is a hard working girl, who knows what she wants.

Mr. (Jim) and Mrs. (Aggie) Jackson are Sadie’s parents. They only wants the best for their children, but doesn’t see that they are doing something wrong when they dislikes that Sadie is seeing a Catholic boy. Aggie doesn’t like her neighbour Mrs. Mullet, but she is friendly to her anyway. That shows that Mrs. Jackson not is rude. They are Protestants.

Tommy Jackson is Sadie’s brother. He likes Kevin and Brede, and supports Sadie when she needs it. His girl friend, Linda, is very fond of him, but if we read between the lines, we can obviously see that he doesn’t like her.

Kevin McCoy lives with his huge family, which consists of his parents and his 8 brothers and sisters. He has to help his parents a lot with taking care of his brothers and sisters.

Mr. (Pete) and Mrs. (Mary) McCoy are Kevin’s parents. They have 9 children to take care of, so they have to work a lot. They live in a house in a Catholic part of the town.

Brede McCoy is Kevin’s sister. She is very nice, and likes Sadie, but she thinks it is dangerous for them to see each other.

Mr (Twinkle) Blake was Sadie’s old geography teacher. He is very kind to Kevin and Sadie, and lets them meet at his house. Sadie also gets a job cleaning the house. He gets into a lot of trouble by helping them.

Moira Henderson is Mr. Blake’s neighbour. She is Catholic, but has a Protestant husband, and is therefore to a lot of help when Sadie wonders how this will end. Sadie sometimes baby-sits Moira’s three children.

Here are some of the minor characters:

  • Linda Mullet - Sadie’s old school friend, and Tommy’s girl friend. She is described as a bit evil, because she hates Catholics.
  • Mrs. (Jessica) and Mr. (Bill) Mullet is Linda’s parents. They are friends with the Jackson family. Mr. Mullet is in the Orange Lodge with Mr. Jackson.
  • Steve - Tommy’s friend from schooldays. He is keen on Sadie, but she doesn’t like him.
  • Mrs. McConkey - An old woman who owns a shop in Sadie’s neighbourhood. Her shop is bombed, and she dies.
  • Kate Kelly - She is Brede’s friend. She likes Kevin, and they live in the same street as the McCoys.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kelly - Kevin works for Mr. Kelly, and Mrs. Kelly is a friend of Mrs. McCoys.
  • Uncle Albert - Kevin and Brede’s uncle. He is a bit weird.
  • Brian Rafferty - An old friend of Kevin. Threatens and beats up Kevin because of his friendship with Sadie. He is the one who almost makes Kevin go to jail.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Rafferty - Brian’s parents, and neighbours of the McCoys.


The Setting
The story takes place in Belfast in Northern Ireland. The city seems to have been parted in two separate areas, where one of those areas is for Catholics, and the other for Protestants. The two main characters live in each of these areas.
There has been fighting in both of these places, and we are repeatedly told about gunfire and bombings throughout the book.

Northern Ireland has for long been the scene of struggle between the Catholic minority and the Protestant minority. This is a struggle that goes so far back as the 16th century. This conflict has obviously taken its toll on the citizens in Northern Ireland as we can see in the novel. We can also observe the citizens blaming their problems on each other. The Protestants blame the Catholics and vice versa. As it appears, all this hostility has lead to the partition of Belfast and very much unease among the residents.

I would guess that this story is set in the 1950’s or 70’s, but it could really have been anywhere in the time after the car was invented, since this seems to be the only invention that is mentioned in the novel. The story could really be set anywhere in time and place, because of the universal theme, which is true love, threatened to be ruined by circumstances that the two main characters can’t change.

The Plot
The main theme is a very well known one. True love is threatened to be destroyed by circumstances that the two main characters can’t change. This theme is used in films, novels and on other ways all over the world.
In this novel the love is threatened by a war between two religions. It shows how powerless one can feel when a war is ruining everything around you.

The title "Across the Barricades" can be interpreted on several ways.
We are told about the barricades on the roads in Belfast, and Kevin and Sadie walks through one of them. This is maybe the easiest way to understand the title.
Another way, is the barricades between Catholics and Protestants in peoples minds. People have sort of a locked attitude, which prevent them from putting the hatred of the past behind them and live in peace.
The story tells us about what happens when two people, Sadie and Kevin, cross these barricades.

We can say that the moral of the story is that true love will survive everything!

The Language
The author has used a lot of direct speech in this novel. Because of that, we do learn something about the characters through the way they speak. We can see that some of them fast gets angry, and that some stays calm all through the novel. The author has also been great at describing the characters and different places where they go.
There are some places where you can read things between he lines. It is not very important things, but it gives you a better general impression.

The Author - Joan Lingard
Joan Lingard was born in Edinburgh in 1932, but grew up in Belfast, and stayed there until she was eighteen. She began writing when she was eleven years old, and has never wanted to be anything else than a writer.

In 1986 she received the prestigious West German award, Buxthuderbulle, for "Across the Barricades".
Several of her books have been adapted for television, and "Across the Barricades" was shown in 1972.

Joan is the author of more than twenty novels for young people, and thirteen for adults.

"Across the barricades" is the second book of Joan Lingard’s stories about the young Belfast couple, Kevin and Sadie. You can read it on its own or as a part of the series.
  • The Twelfth Day of July
  • Across the Barricades
  • Into Exile
  • A Proper Place
  • Hostages to Fortune
    Some other books she has written are "A sort of Freedom" (1986) and "Tug of War".
    She has also many books for younger readers; "The Freedom Machine", "Night Fires" and "Glad Rags".

    As you can see, Joan was very affected by the war in Northern Ireland, and that is reflected in many of her books. She grew up in a place where war was commonplace, and, through her books, she tries to make people understand how hopeless war is. She shows the bad sides of the conflict in Northern Ireland, but also the "good" sides

    Today, Joan Lingard lives in Edinburgh with her Latvian/Canadian husband. She has three grow-up daughters and three grandchildren.

    My Opinion
    I very much enjoyed this novel. It wasn’t only about love, but also about war and the wish for peace. This is a clever and an easy way to learn about the history of Northern Ireland. The author has managed to mingle in some historical facts, without that the novel becomes boring.
    The theme that was used is a classic novel-theme. That true love survives everything is a theme that we love to read, even though we already know how most of them ends.
    The novel had a few difficult words, but I managed to understand the meaning of them when I read the whole sentence.
    This book was very exciting, and I could hardly put it down. I would recommend it to everybody, especially girls.
    But if you do decide to read it, I suggest that you start with the first book in the series,
    "The Twelfth Day of July". Then you can truly enjoy the magic of these books.

  • Kommentarer fra brukere


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    29.04.2008 18:40

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    hurtley
    13.06.2006 17:21

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    takk  Wink ;-\) no slippar eg å lese 174 sider på 2 dager ! hahaha  Razz :-P

    killermonkey
    23.11.2008 20:29

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    17.03.2005 21:09

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    11.12.2006 19:37

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    04.05.2004 23:13

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    11.04.2006 12:09

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    06.04.2008 20:23

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    a long story and very "-.-" because i'm german and the book is very difficult xD


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    21.03.2010 21:56

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    our class have to read it.. and this book sucks !!! (N)

    andy
    13.04.2010 10:23

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    fackthisbook
    06.04.2014 21:12

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    Anja-Kun
    05.03.2015 12:33

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    altså, jeg føler at Saide får en hel agurk inn i rompa PÅ SLUTTEN

    ANNONYM
    05.03.2015 12:34

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    ThatGuyPickle
    16.05.2014 08:51

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    There are some minor details you might want to change. "Kevin and Sadie walks through one of the barricades", "walks" is grammatically wrong. "Walk" is correct... There are alot of these small mistakes, but anyway, good and helpful summary.


    20.11.2014 12:32

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    hot xoxox love dis hot sadie is pree nice


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    i like pickles thatguylirik in that building we brining in that W for our team we dont want to
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    20.11.2014 12:36

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    jeg føler at Saide får agurk i rompa PÅ SLUTTEN

    GAIR
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    Anja-Kun
    05.03.2015 12:36

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    altså, jeg mener at en agur i rompa er bedre enn i fitta.
    Just how i FEEEL


    09.04.2015 12:11

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    anja-kun bra metafor. jeg liker deg veldig godt gi meg barn bro.

    lele
    17.03.2017 01:51

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    this book is so shit like its fucking bad I felt like sleeping when our teacher was reading it out to the class but at least this site can help with my homwork


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