Guests of the Nation Themes

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War

Each of the stories takes place during the Irish war of independence. The nature of this war is somewhat different from the stories of war most readers will be familiar with. Instead of large battles filled with cannon fire and trumpets, much of the fighting that occurs happens in small bursts, or in acts of sabotage after which the Irish soldiers withdraw quickly to evade authorities and regroup at a later time.

Also different about this war is the closely knit bonds between Ireland and England. Many of the soldiers feel no personal anger towards the other side, and this can leave them at odds with their duty quite often, especially with many of the characters who have family in England or serving the English military. As a result of many of these personal bonds, the fighting is often halted or modified to allow friends or even mere...

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