Friday, 17 December 2010

A Ceremony Of Innocence by Edmund J Gubbins

Two brothers, Mark and Jim Brookes, are at home on holiday. This is much to the delight of their mother, Joan. It is the first time they had been at home together at the same time for several years. 
Their father, Charlie, is the union convener at the local shipyard. As their holiday starts, he leads the shipyard workers out on strike against the proposed redundancies made by the management. 
Though on the surface both brothers support their father, underneath the supposed family solidarity there simmers the stew of disagreement. 
Mark, the elder brother, is fresh from months at sea as a ships officer and refuses to compromise his upwardly mobile lifestyle or his friends for the sake of family harmony. He lives for the moment and grabs any opportunity for happiness. 
Jim, freshly graduated from university, supports his father passionately and without question.
Can the brothers find a way to compromise their positions and fulfil their mother’s wish for a happy few weeks or will their anger boil over into open conflict and family break up?

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