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Open-handed [Paperback]

Chris Binchy
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4 Sep 2008
The place is Dublin. The time is the present. Five characters – two Irish, three from eastern Europe, all seeking success from wildly different starting points – become entangled with one another in a web of politics, property, sex and violence. Chris Binchy’s breakthrough novel is a beautifully observed portrait of a time and place, and a thrillingly paced story of characters brought together by circumstance, ambition and need.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844881725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844881727
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,118,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Chris Binchy:'A razor-sharp portrait … It's not just Rory's antics or his ambivalent take on the city in all its grubby splendour that make The Very Man such an enjoyable read – it's Binchy's writing' Irish Times'There is a wonderful authenticity in his dialogue … brims with the true atmosphere of Celtic Tiger Dublin' Demot Bolger, Evening Herald'One of our best emerging writers' Books Ireland


'A rattling tale of culture clash and frenzied capitalism. Binchy nails modern Dublin as a night-town of violence, sex and criminality'

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4.0 out of 5 stars It keeps you wondering. 10 Jun 2009
The book mostly potters about, not really going very far, until the very end. You'll read page after page, waiting for something to happen.

You'll get a growing feeling that the author is holding out on you, and not telling you what's really going on.

And you'll sense that none of it is going to end well.

And sure enough, things get blacker.
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