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Publisher: Quinnipiac University Press and XanEdu Publishing Inc; 1st edition (Dec. 30, 2015)
Paperback: 118 pages   Language: English
ISBN-10: 0990945413   ISBN-13: 978-0990945413

CAN FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE SURVIVE IRELAND'S GREAT HUNGER?

THE BAD TIMES is a graphic novel set during the Irish Famine (or, The Great Hunger), a disaster precipitated by the failure of the potato crop, but exacerbated by the inadequate policies of the British government and the cruelty and opportunism of some landowners and merchants. When the story commences, in late summer 1846, the potato crop is about to fail for a second time. Brigit, Daniel and Liam are three teenage children from the west of Ireland who live through the horrors of the Great Hunger, also known as “the bad times”. Their friendship keeps them strong as they each have to make tough decisions in order to survive.

WHAT MAKES THE BAD TIMES UNIQUE ?

THE BAD TIMES is the first graphic novel to be produced on the topic of the Great Hunger.  Although it is aimed at young readers, like all graphic novels, it can be read and appreciated by people aged from 8 to 80.

More than simply telling a good story based on a tragic event in Irish history, THE BAD TIMES contains many teachable and relatable moments that can introduce young people to issues that are relevant today – concerning social justice,  human rights, emigration and dislocation, and love and humanity in the midst of catastrophe. 

To assist educators, a number of key curriculum questions have been created by Dr. Anne Dichele of Quinnipiac University and can be found HERE. Additionally, historical background and primary sources have been provided by Professor Christine Kinealy. 

WHAT IS THE GREAT HUNGER?

The Great Hunger (or an gorta mór) refers to a tragic period in Irish history when more than one million people
died of famine or famine-related diseases. Many Irish speakers simply referred to this calamity as an drochshaol,
which roughly translates as “the bad times”.

 

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