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Crowe's Requiem Paperback – 16 Jul 1998


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (16 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022404107X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224041072
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,927,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike McCormack comes from the west of Ireland and currently lives in Galway. His first book, Getting it in the Head, was published in 1996 and won various awards, including the Rooney Prize.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book simply blew me away when I first read it. The writing is excellent. Each word has obviously been carefully chosen. When reading it, I found myself going over the same passages over and over. The other negative review is perhaps understandable in that, while in places, the author has achieved an authentic rural Irish voice while avoiding stage-Irishisms, for the most part the speech is unconvincing. This can also be said of the female character and the whole love affair. Maybe this is due to it being McCormack's first full-length novel. I get the impression however, that this might be intentional. It is supposed to be a fantasy. One gets the impression that the author intended to convey a lot more then I understood when I, at least, understood when I read the book. For example its' obviously based in Co. Mayo and in Galway city. He goes to a great deal of bother to describe the locale but also goes out of his way to not call these places by name (until the very end). I guess this is all part of some post-modern preoccupation with launguage (or something). Anyway, I realise I've bored (...) anyone who doesn't know what I'm talking about. The bottom line is the book is well worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book simply blew me away when I first read it. The writing is excellent. Each word has obviously been carefully chosen. When reading it, I found myself going over the same passages over and over. The other negative review is perhaps understandable in that, while in places, the author has achieved an authentic rural Irish voice while avoiding stage-Irishisms, for the most part the speech is unconvincing. This can also be said of the female character and the whole love affair. Maybe this is due to it being McCormack's first full-length novel. I get the impression however, that this might be intentional. It is supposed to be a fantasy. One gets the impression that the author intended to convey a lot more then I at least, understood when I read the book. For example its' obviously based in Co. Mayo and in Galway city. He goes to a great deal of bother to describe the locale but for some reason also goes out of his way to not call these places by name (until the very end). He seems to share the pre-occupation of some 'post-modern' writers with the names of things and the inability of launguage to properly express the world. The central character has to choose his own name as a child, a long and laborious process because it has to be the right name for him. Anyway, I realise this means nothing to anyone who hasn't read it. The bottom line is the book is well worth a read merely for the quality of the writing alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
Ever had that feeling of displacement, of not belonging, floundering around in an inhospitable place, observing all but not experiencing anything much? ...and then just when you feel you are really adjusting, it may be too late...
If that sounds familiar Crowe's Requiem is the novel for you ...a highly unique engaging debut novel from Mike McCormack, you wont be able to leave it down until you've turned the last page.
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Read this years ago and it has haunted me ever since. Found it recently. Same as before. It stays long in your thoughts
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Big Jill on 24 Nov. 2000
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'Getting it in the Head' was kick ass, and in my humble opinion contained some of the best short stories since Ian McEwans 'First Love Last Rites.' Unfortunately this book sucks, no sense of place, no sense of time, mundane plotting and terrible dialogue.
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