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By Bernard MacLaverty

"Bernard MacLaverty's robust novel is a love tale as affecting and tragic as you'll want."—USA Today
When it was once first released, Bernard MacLaverty's fiction masterpiece was once hailed through Michael Gorra within the New York occasions ebook Review as "a surprise of technical perfection. . . . Cal is a so much relocating novel whose emotional influence is grounded in a whole avoidance of sentimentality. . . . [It] becomes the Passage to India of the Troubles."

For Cal, a Belfast teen who, opposed to his will, is concerned with the negative struggle among Catholics and Protestants, many of the offerings are devastatingly uncomplicated: he can paintings within the slaughterhouse that nauseates him or subscribe to the dole queue; he can brood on his prior or plan a destiny with the attractive, widowed Marcella for whose grief he stocks greater than a bit accountability.

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Usually by arguing with him, but sometimes I was moved, or deeply impressed, by what he said. Sitting there thinking about all this I told myself not to be so silly: it was the worst possible time to be getting emotionally involved again, just as we were going out to fight. I needed my full concentration to stay alive; never mind this love stuff. It was no good thinking about love as a storm of bullets came at you. That didn’t work though. Shoving my sleeping bag into the pack I sighed. You couldn’t escape your feelings.

There must be people going backwards and forwards to New Zealand all the time,’ I guessed. ’ ‘They’re only little kids. ’ Now no-one said anything, and I guess Ryan realised he was on his own. As a matter of fact I didn’t envy him a trip in a helicopter with that bunch of monkeys. They’d probably hijack it and make him fly to Disneyland. The meeting seemed to be over so I went back to get the kids. When I saw them sitting there with their drawing and colouring in, what I’d done suddenly hit me.

As he hauled himself up through the hatch the chopper was already lifting. A second later it was out of my reach. Another few seconds and it was just a distant black dot. Only then did I understand what the others were saying. They were talking to each other so urgently that I started to realise something was wrong. ’ ‘Well, it doesn’t matter now whether he has or not,’ Homer said. For a minute I still couldn’t work out exactly what the problem was. Then it suddenly hit me. We’d only put three kids into the helicopter.

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