Reviews

Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

By Harper Cleves Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People and Lenny Abrahamson’s BBC adaptation of this novel  have been the subject of widespread adoration and controversy. Criticisms hurled at both works have ranged from hailing Rooney as ‘the Marxist voice of a generation’ to diminishing both the novel and screen adaptation to a series of ’longing stares exchanged’ between ‘extremely privileged ...

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Review: “Home – Why Public Housing is the Answer”

Review: “Home – Why Public Housing is the Answer”  by Eoin Ó Broin, Merrion Press (2019)  Reviewed by Michael O’Brien Though published in early 2019, Sinn Féin’s surge in this year’s general election fuelled a fresh spike in sales of this book pushing it back into the best sellers’ shelves. Eoin Ó Broin has been Sinn Féin’s housing spokesperson since ...

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Review: Big Farms Make Big Flu by Rob Wallace

By Sam Belton Covid-19 is spreading across the globe at an alarming pace, overwhelming health infrastructure and killing thousands, many of whom are frontline healthcare workers and poor people who lack early access to testing. Covid-19 is the acute respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, also known as the coronavirus. Genetically, this virus is 82% similar to the coronavirus responsible for ...

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Review: ‘The Guards: Inside the K’

By Dean O’Donnell The first episode of Virgin Media’s new 5-part docuseries The Guards: Inside the K aired earlier this week to widespread acclaim from viewers and critics alike. Set in the “K-district”, a term that describes the policing precinct encompassing Blanchardstown, Cabra and Finglas, the show follows Gardaí on the beat in some of Dublin’s most deprived suburbs.  Yet, ...

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Review of Little Women (2019) – Directed by Greta Gerwig

By Ginger Jentzen, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of Little Women has struck a resounding chord with audiences, particularly young women. Why does this book continue to resonate with us one hundred and fifty years later, and what did this latest version bring us? While a multitude of texts analyze or glorify war, ...

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Film Review: Parasite

Claus Ludwig, Socialist Alternative, Germany, recommends the 2019 film directed by Bong Joon-ho and winner of the Palme d’Or and the Oscar for Best Picture The Smell of Poverty “They all smell the same,” says Da-song, the son of the rich Park family, about the four members of the Kim family who crept into the villa of the Parks as domestic ...

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Review: People’s Republic of Walmart

People’s Republic of Walmart: How the World’s Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for Socialism By Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski Verso Books, 2019 Among the most common arguments conservatives hurl at socialism is that planned economies always fail. Typically capitalists argue that, despite the flaws of the free market, it’s far better than any other system that has existed ...

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Review: ‘Sorry We Missed You’ directed by Ken Loach

By Andrea Murray Sorry We Missed You is a gritty and gruelling look at the “gig economy” by Ken Loach and the award winning team behind I, Daniel Blake. It’s a powerful exploration of the modern world of work and the challenges facing one particular family struggling to keep it together, set in and around Newcastle in North-East England. Ricky ...

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Review: From Lucifer to Lazarus – A Life on the Left

From Lucifer to Lazarus – A Life on the Left  By Mick O’Reilly Published by Lilliput, 2019 Reviewed by Michael O’Brien This autobiography by the former Irish Regional Secretary of the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers’ Union (ATGWU, since renamed Unite) is, among other things, an important window into a period of the Irish workers’ movement going back to the ...

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