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Across the barricades

This bookreview is about a Catholic and a Protestant in Northern Ireland who is struggeling for their love to each other.

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This story is about Kevin, a Catholic boy, and Sadie, a Protestant girl. The story takes place in Northern Ireland. Kevin and Sadie are not supposed to meet one another because of their religions, but they ignore what people say. So they keep seeing each other. And now I am going to tell you about the problems this gives them.


It all starts when they meet each other on the buss stop. They decide to have a little chat on a little coffee shop nearby, since they have not seen each other in a long time. After a while they decide to take a trip up to Cave Hill. They stay there for a long time. While they are up there Sadie`s parents finds out that she is meeting a Catholic boy. Her parents do not approve to this.


Sadie ignores her parents disapproval, and she keeps seeing Kevin, more and more. One day Kevin was walking home from a meeting with Sadie, three guys attack him, because some of his friends had found out about his secret meetings with Sadie, a Protestant. Kevin is badly injured. The next day he is suppose to meet Sadie. He can barely move or walk, but he goes to meet her anyway. And meanwhile Brede, Kevin`s sister, tries to talk Sadie out of seeing Kevin, but eventually she goes to meet him anyway.


The same night they get invited home to an old nice man, Mr. Blake. They stay there the rest of that evening. Mr. Blake offers them to meet in secrecy at his home. And so they do. Sadie lost her job, and then Mr. Blake offers her to work for him. And so she does. About a week later, Mr. Blake, Sadie and Kevin are going on a picnic. On their way to the country side, one of the wheels falls of, and the car crashes. Luckily nobody gets heart. The police finds out that all of the wheels had been loosen.


A couple of weeks later, Mr. Blake`s house gets blown with Mr. Blake inside. After this Kevin decides to move to England. He can not stand N. Ireland anymore. While he is standing on the dock waiting for the ferry, Sadie comes along. She wanted to come with him to England. And that is were our meeting with Kevin and Sadie ends.




Sadie Jackson


Sadie is a very nice and caring person, she is also a Protestant. She hates violence. She always does whatever falls into her mind. She does no care what other people mean, and she would never let anyone tell her what to do. She also likes danger and excitement. In this story she is one of two main characters. As opposed to other characters in this story, she functions as an anti violent person. While she tries to solve things without using violence, everybody else uses violence to solve their problems.


It appears that Sadie is a determined and independent girl with strong opinions and a substantial strength of will. Her own father describes her as ’headstrong’. She is not afraid of speaking up for herself - and others. She fights for what she believes in - in this case, true love. Her independence and personal strength are clearly demonstrated through the fact that she eventually decides to run away with Kevin to England to try to start a new life there.


Kevin McCoy


Kevin is described as more afraid of what people might say about them(him and Sadie). As a person he is calm, serious and hardworking. He is kind, and will not hurt a fly unless he is badly provoked. He thinks that the violence around the conflict is unreasonable and unnecessary. He does not want to contribute to an increase of the violence, and therefore he does not want to have anything to do with the rifle Brian Rafferty shows him. He has no intention of joining the IRA.


Kevin is also loyal, as to his old friend Brian Rafferty, as an example you can see he does not mention Brian Rafferty`s rifle to the police when they bring him in – even though he himself is accused of owning it. Still, he does not lack courage and guts. He does not hesitate to confront Brian at a later time. That is after Brian has spread the word that Kevin was the one who hid the rifle and the ammunition in the scrapyard.


Mr. Blake


Mr. Blake is a minor character who adds a lot to the book. He sees the love between Sadie and Kevin, and helps them to meet each other in secrecy. Afterwards he invites Sadie to come work for him when she looses her job.


Mr. Blake has a big heart, and risks a lot by hiding a Catholic and Protestant, who is illegal in love because of their religions, at his home. If it had not been for Mr. Blake, the ending would not be the same, and perhaps there would not have been any “Kevin and Sadie” at all. So Mr. Blake plays an important part in this story. When people finds out that he is covering up for them, his house gets blown up with him in it.

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