Dermot Healy ô 3 ead & downloadErhaps I wasn t meant to but it added to the confusionThe good parts were very good The description of the NorthernSouthern Ireland conflicts the differences in even the life of the towns He catches all that and wellThe most interesting character in the book was Catherine s father #jonathan adams i honestly thought the book should #Adams I honestly thought the book should been about him A wonderful complex character Unlike the two leads who bored me with their endless drunken shenanigans and whining An intensely personal ambling poetic book telling the story of an alcoholic writer in Satans Fall rural Ireland This book was one I had meant toead for some time and when I heard it being name checked ecently by Kevin Barry on a Top 5 books podcast that tipped the odds in its favourVery briefly it s about a tortured love affair set mostly in
the Mullet peninsula of Mayo but with excursions also to BelfastMullet peninsula of Mayo but with excursions also to Belfast the heartland of Ulster Unionism The characters also seem to lead lives that encompass abnormal ie way too much levels of alcohol In fact it s pretty clear that the main character is a full blown alcoholicI think the way all of the places involved are described is first class you eally get a sense of the elemental nature of life on the West coast and how the wind is ever present In Belfast there is a great sense of claustrophobic society how everyone seems to know what the other person is doing and what Reassuring Tales religion they adhere to The description of the way that the female character s father an RUC man finds a bolt hole on the West coast of Ireland is well handled and the examination of his prejudices and misconceptions is very credibleNo point inecycling the entire plot line but I The Cat Who Walked Across France really enjoyed the way the characters were drawn the sense of place in multiple locations and the way people talked was very true to life I thought the descriptions of nature were excellent and the use of language was lyrical there was a great flow to them On the negative side the book did go on and on and on a bit however and some of the philosophising sections were hard toead It wandered a bit too much for my liking So not an unualified success and not a book to ead if you give up easily but if you give it the time and make the effort it will give you glimpses into parts of Ireland and Irish society that don t normally get this level of interest And it is a very convincing dissection of a number of key characters and a sense of what makes them tick A good book maybe not a great one though. Ncholy beauty esonates with the deepest truths” Boston Glob. Gle to achieve his desired effect If the language in his character s head is not grammatical why is the novel so grammatical If it is a series of bizarre signs then where are they on the page Don t get me wrong here I am not pouncing on a failing in the work of a very impressive writer and pointing out a blemish Rather I am thinking aloud and comparing this style of writing to alternatives such #As That Of Eimear McBride #that of Eimear McBride A Girl Is a Half formed Thing I just find it an interesting idea to compare the two the apples and oranges the different aspects of the one great project which is writing truthful fiction This eviewer has been out at sea three days I ve been hurled and whirled up and down and backwards all at the same time been beaten up and chased by goats and had three barrels of Wirtschaftsgesetze, 35. Auflage: IDW Textausgabe rum gin brandy vodka Jack Daniels whisky whiskey potcheen and every other spirit of Irish moonshine poured down my throat What a way to spend Christmas If Iecover I will say something about this brilliant novel One of my favorite books of all time Pure poetic fiction about a drunk who has lost the love of his life The sadness is so tangibly beautiful the imagery will sweep you away Simply put Healy is a master with words and A Goat Song delivers in so many waysIts just one of those books I can never forget and think about often for no particular Scribbleboy reason except for how well it is written When a book is this well written it doesn t matter what it s about I ll beeading everything by Dermot Healy that I can promise An astonishing gut wrenching heartbreaking masterpiece A Goat s Song is what I would class a perfect contemporary Irish novel and a perfect modern love story by love I mean star crossed love The eal skill in the story is the format which flits forwards and backwards in time between different characters and their perspectives but this is effortless Healy does
This With Real Skillwith eal skill s Dear Black Boy rarely confusing always extremely literary but original and not laboured The story flows beautifully from Jack Ferris complex alcoholic writer fisherman lover to Jonathan Adams RUC man haunted by his failure in the church and violence in NI His desire to conuer Irish language and mythology land back to Catherine wreckless beautiful I gave it a 3 as parts of this book were excellent lyrical writingBUT and it s a big one The story meandered And meandered through lashings of drink and drunken fights I didn t know what waseal and what was imagined And This “rare and powerful book”E Annie Proulx whose “mela. Healy what a gifted writerA Goat s Song is free of those novelistic tricks and turns that make fiction laborious free from that awful sense of writerly contrivance that pollutes so many novels It s so full of irrepressible human truth and lifeWonderful wonderful wonderful One of the most beautiful books I ve ead Jack Ferris is an Irish Catholic writer of plays occasional crew man on a trawler off the West Coast deeply self obsessed and uite a serious alcoholic Catherine Adams is the daughter of a sergeant in the Royal Ulster Constabulary who had been a Loyalist and a fierce Presbyterian She is an actress starting out in her career which might be thought to supply a basis for a ALPHA MEN EROTICA BUNDLE (4 BOOKS COLLECTION) (4 BOOKS COLLECTION): Adult Taboo Romance Erotic Sex Story (Billionaire Dominant, Kinky Fetish and Disobedient Submissive Book 2) relationship and indeed we know from the start of this book that she is acting a part written by Jack with her in mind There are no serious spoilers in thiseview the book starts near the end of its story and travels back in time But there are an awful lot of obstacles to this affair lasting beyond the early flush of physical attraction a force known to undermine all sensible boundaries It seems to me that the novel concerns the efforts by Jack Ferris to understand the nature of those obstacles
And To Somehow Deviseto somehow devise path through them that might translate lust into love In the process we are shown many features of the sectarianism and that divides Catholic from Protestant in Northern #Ireland though it does not seem to me that the book is intrinsically judgemental or inclined to either side #though it does not seem to me that the book is intrinsically judgemental or inclined to either side issues are just there in the foreground dominating two lives in which politics has no part to play but cannot easily be escaped This makes it a Romeo and Juliet scenario in some ways The old stories are always a good model for the new I am interested in the language of this novel On Christmas morning in Chapter 6 Jack s alcholism is addressed and he writes He sat immobile in front of his desk His mind was trying to make a leap into the dark but his hands would not comply His thumb and forefinger were numb If he tried to write they froze And inside his head language no longer arrived grammatically but surfaced as a series of bizarre signs p60 All the same Dermot Healy sets out his account in the most grammatical and clearly precise terms and there is no uestion that he achieves his intended effect with great skill I wonder if that explains why the book is uite hard work at times and took a The Professional Victims Handbook relatively long time for me toead There are signs at times of a strug. An Irish playwright Nightmares Angels reimagines his estranged lover’s past in.