The Claddagh Heart is a romance novel set in the backdrop
of revolution. It was a revolution that brought massive destruction in Ireland,
not only in materialistic terms, but destruction in relationships. Many
families were destroyed over a period of time. Many mothers lost their sons,
and many wives lost their husbands. The Irish revolution was long stretched,
and the aftermath of revolution saw more destruction. A new definition of love
began to evolve in the post revolution era. People were seeking escapism in one
way or the other. The protagonist of “Claddagh Heart” too seeks escapism, and
it is this escapism which creates the difference in relationships. Steve is
back at home after fighting the war. In the IRA camp, he was the celebrated
comrade and everyone liked his patriotic attitude, but at home, his family has
come to hate him. It is seen that Steve is not able to win his family’s heart.
He has to struggle through thick and thin. It is a relentless struggle before
Steve finally makes the settlement. “Claddagh Heart” is where you will find
people struggling and redefining love for their own petty means. It is a time
where everything is going awry. Love is not easily obtained, and it is being taken
over by hatred. People are finding the alternatives. What does love mean here?
Welcome to ‘The Claddagh Heart’.
Faisal Shahid Brown, born and brought up in India,
wrote his debut novel when he was in his school days at St Xavier’s academy.
His debut eort was never published because of criticism faced from his
community against writing. Thereafter, he focused his concentration on
furthering his engineering career, but still couldn’t distance his mind from
writing. After all, his love and passion for English and writing was immortal.
Faisal loves travelling and has helped a number of underprivileged students in
education, and on several occasions has been independently involved in many
humanitarian works. He promotes the very idea of secularism, apart from
academics. His key areas include study of comparative religions, conflicts,
literature and social issues.