Title Profile & Character Information

At Swim, Two Boys

Annotation
"Set in Dublin, At Swim, Two Boys follows the year to Easter 1916, the time of Ireland's brave but fractured uprising against British rule. O'Neill tells the story of the love of two boys: Jim, a naive and reticent scholar and the younger son of the foolish aspiring shopkeeper Mr. Mack, and Doyler, the dark, rough-diamond son of Mr. Mack's old army pal. Doyler might once have made a scholar like Jim, but his folks sent him to work, and now, schoolboy no more, he hauls the parish midden cart, with socialism and revolution and willful blasphemy stuffed under his cap." "And yet the future is rose, Jim's father is sure. His elder son is away fighting the Hun for God and the British Army, and he has such plans for Jim and their corner shop empire. But Mr. Mack cannot see that the landscape is changing, nor does he realize the depth of Jim's burgeoning friendship with Doyler. Out at the Forty Foot, the great jut of rock where gentlemen bathe in the scandalous nude, the two boys meet day after day. There they make a pact: Doyler will teach Jim to swim, and in a year, Easter 1916, they will swim the bay to the distant beacon of Muglins Rock and claim that island for themselves."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2003  Lambda Literary Awards
2003  Publishing Triangle Awards

Characters
NameMack, Arthur
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsShopkeeper
 Shopkeeper
TraitsWidower
Single father
War veteran
Widower
Single father
War veteran

NameMack, James
GendersMale
 Male
TraitsGay
Gay

NameDoyle, "The Doyler"
GendersMale
 Male
TraitsGay
Charismatic
Gay
Charismatic

GenreFiction
Coming of age
    --Gay
    --Gay
Historical
Political
TopicsTeenage boys
Male friendship
Gay youth
Irish troubles
Easter Rising of 1916
Political instability
Rebellion
Violence
Teenage boys
Male friendship
Gay youth
Irish troubles
Easter Rising of 1916
Political instability
Rebellion
Violence
SettingDublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland