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Mike McCormack
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16 July 1998
Crowe's Requiem tells the story of John Crowe, a young man born into a village without any apparent history or contact with the outside world. Coming under the tutelage of his mad, beloved grandfather, Crowe is introduced to an existence he feels compelled to understand but is doomed forever to find elusive and mystifying. Breaking free of the old man's spell - drifting through the city hoping to complete his education - he embarks on a sudden, erotic affair with Marian, a young woman with a broken claim to divinity. Unable to see himself except through a prison of fictions, Crowe's life begins to escape him. Love story and gothic fairy tale, teeming with ghosts, sorcerors and vagrants, Crowe's Requiem is an eerie and treacherous meditation on the nature of storytelling by one of Ireland's finest new writers.

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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,466,957 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Prose Poetry 4 Mar 2001
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Prose Poetry 6 Mar 2001
By A Customer
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
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 24 Nov 2000
Format:Paperback
'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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stumbling upon Brilliance 28 Jan 2000
By Serissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I happened to pick this book up randomly in Galway, Ireland. I didn't have high expectations from it, but as I read on I found myself hating the thought that I was coming closer and closer to the end each day. I finished it last night and I cried. This is a brilliant new writer and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. This might be my favorite new book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to Crowe About 10 Sep 2001
By E. Slattery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book two months ago in Ireland after hearing Mr. McCormack read. Even though I knew that the quality of writing would be remarkable from having heard passages from the novel, I avoided reading it because I thought it would be too dark, too depressing. When I finally succumbed, I was dumbstruck by the the richness of character, the sharply turned phrases, and fluid description throughout. It would have been a shame if the "macabre" on the fly leaf had scared me off before I gave it a chance.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crowe's Requiem is wonderful! 3 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was very interesting. I loved how it kept me guessing at what would happen next; it was a definate page-turner. Crowe's character was very well developed and thoughtful. Even from his birth the reader knew he was gong to be a different person in one way or another
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crowing Glory? 19 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was a rabid fan of this mans first book, "getting it in the head". It lives up to the blurb of being poe meets borges. I was thus dying to read this. Unfortunately, this is a short story that was spun out too long. The central conceit does not "pay off". Unfortunately, McCormack has brought out that difficult second book. I look forward to a more mature third effort.
5.0 out of 5 stars I was hooked from page one. 18 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I finished this book and then read it again. I thought it was brilliant! Mike McCormack is dead on with some of his insights into life, people, love, etc.
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