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The Misremembered Man

The Misremembered Man [Kindle Edition]

Christina McKenna
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The Misremembered Man is a beautifully rendered portrait of life in rural Ireland which charms and delights with its authentic characters and gentle humor. This vivid portrayal of the universal search for love brings with it a darker tale, heartbreaking in its poignancy.

About the Author

Christina McKenna grew up in County Derry, Northern Ireland. She received an honors degree in Fine Art from the Belfast College of Art, and studied postgraduate English at the University of Ulster. The Misremembered Man is her first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597760
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing; Reprint edition (17 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (612 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christina McKenna grew up near the village of Draperstown, Co Derry, Northern Ireland. She trained as an artist before becoming a full-time author.

Her first book, the memoir "My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress", was published to great critical acclaim in 2004. It was described as a "redemptive postscript to over a decade of Irish childhood memoirs, concluding that our past, no matter how painful, need not keep us bound."

It was followed by two non-fiction titles dealing with the paranormal: "The Dark Sacrament" and "Ireland's Haunted Women".

Her first novel, "The Misremembered Man", published in the United States in 2008, is a tragicomedy set in the fictional village of Tailorstown. Contrary to certain press reports, the film rights to this title have not been sold.

Christina has recently completed its sequel, "The Disenchanted Widow". It will be published on August 27, 2013.

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Praise for "My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress".

"There have been many books recalling Irish childhoods published over the last few years, but this one stands out among the rest for the brilliance of the writing".

Irish Emigrant

"Lyrical and elegiac but never sentimental . . . "


Praise for "The Misremembered Man"

"McKenna's ability to create real human drama . . . reminded me of Brian Moore's simply wonderful The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearn."

The Washington Times

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 3 July 2012
By maggie
Format:Kindle Edition
So enjoyed this book.McKenna handles a very difficult subject superbly.Beautifully written, you can hear the Irish brogue, and she makes you laugh and cry in equal measure. It was with reluctance I put it down, joy when I picked it up again and dismay when I finished it.You can't believe the atrocities carried out and even more so when it was administered by people of the cloth. I shall recommend for our book club and wait in anticipation for her to write another superb book. Despite a harrowing tale I loved it.
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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Misremembered Man 17 July 2012
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Jamie McCloone is 41 and single. He lives alone on a farm which is filthy and not at all well kept. In many ways he is the stereotype of an Irish country bachelor, scared of women and married to the drink. Lydia Devine is also 41 and single, living at home with her domineering mother but at least free from the restrictions placed on her by her dominating Presbyterian father, now dead. How these two come together is the subject matter of this novel.

I thought it was a strange book, undecided whether to be misery memoir, romance or comedy. Some parts were very funny but I felt a little uncomfortable at times, as if I was laughing at someone rather than with them. The narrative is interspersed with scenes from Jamie's past which help to explain the way he is.

Jamie and Lydia are likeable characters which helps to elevate the novel slightly and the ending is different to what we are led to expect from the outset so some points for that.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories 13 Feb 2009
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Heard this book reviewed on the radio one morning and liked the sound of it. Wasn't disappointed. It was a lovely, sensitive, well written tale of a lonely bachelor so common to Ireland. Would recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy but heart rending read.
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories! 14 July 2008
A joy to read - despite the unhappy time the main character had as a child. This booked for me evoked many happy memories of "old" Ireland,people in the community perhaps knowing too much about each other but at the same time caring very much for each other.The language,the expectations and the description of the various characters I am sure could be recognised in any village.
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100 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling 15 Nov 2008
By C. Slon
Can't but agree with the other reviewers. It's rare to come across a book
with a great story and great writing. Jamie McCloone is a lonely farmer
living in Northern Ireland. When the novel opens he is suffering from
depression and is suicidal, but his friendly neighbour, Rose, comes to the
rescue. She encourages him to answer a Lonely Hearts ad. Jamie does just
that and his life is changed for the better and forever.

It is a very funny and moving story which made me laugh and cry at the same time. I understand that it is going to be made into a movie. I only hope that the film makers can do justice to such a wonderful book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, sad and moving 11 Dec 2011
By Papillon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Without giving too much away this novel revisits the shameful world of the Irish orphanages where generations of children were tormented and abused. It's still hard to believe that the last of these was closed as recently as 1996 and that the facts only came to light in the 1990's. The bleakness of the lives lead by these children is haunting and the author handles the matter with great sensitivity. It's a lovely story with much to be celebrated amongst the wreck of so many innocent young lives, with flashbacks to the orphanage intertwined with life in rural Ireland set in the 1970's. Somehow the author manages to inject humour into the pathos, in a truly poignant and heart warming novel.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarmingly funny and heartbreakingly sad 20 Jan 2013
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This is a beautifully understated book about two lonely souls who are searching for, if not necessarily love, then certainly companionship.

Jamie McCloone is a bachelor farmer in his early 40s, living alone in rural Ireland since the death of his beloved Uncle Mick and Aunt Alice. It's fair to say he's set in his ways - the farmhouse is a tip and his personal hygiene leaves a lot to be desired. With a little encouragement from his best friends, Rose and Paddy McFadden, Jamie decides to look for love via the lonely hearts column in his local newspaper. The lucky lady whose ad Jamie responds to is 41 year old spinster Lydia Devine, tired of being at the beck and call of her domineering mother and anxious to find a `plus one' to take to the wedding of an old schoolfriend.

The compassionate portrayal of Jamie and Lydia's search for a soulmate is heartwarmingly funny and achingly poignant. The cast of weird and wonderful supporting characters is just as vivid and endearing as the two leads, and the repartee between them is hilarious at times. It's not all laughs though, there are flashbacks to the brutal children's homes of the 1930s where one young boy is living a hellish existence at the hands of the Catholic authorities.

Christina McKenna has a wonderful ear for dialogue and a talent for observing awkward social situations and unspoken intimacies between friends (the scene near the end with Jamie and Paddy in the barn was just heartbreaking). I finished the book with a tear in my eye but also a bit of a warm and fuzzy feeling too. I absolutely loved this tender and humorous story about two lonely people, which was perfectly balanced with darker moments of pathos and sadness. I'm sure it's going to make my top 5 books of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is the first book I have read by this author,
This book was funny, sad and emotional, but opens your eyes to the cruelty
children had to endure in orphanages, and... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must
Interesting and encapsulating from the very first page to the very last I highly recommend this book for any adult reader
Published 3 days ago by P.J.Buckby
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading.
Really enjoyed this book, I found it very moving and quite funny in parts. Would recommend it to anyone interested in Irish orphanage history, a happy ending to a tough childhood.
Published 3 days ago by tangonanni
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought
As a deal of the day and it didn't disappoint. It paints a disturbing (but probably accurate) picture of the care system of the past and your can see why people who have passed... Read more
Published 4 days ago by mmmppph
4.0 out of 5 stars Eventually a light in the tunnel
A sorry tale with a view to happiness.. you never know what's round the corner.
Never say die' A well told story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good story
This is a well written book that grabs your attention and demands to be read. There are three storylines to follow throughout and it is easy to guess that the orphanage story is... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mrs. G. Maher
5.0 out of 5 stars Had me crying and laughing.
I loved this book. The descriptions and terminology were wonderful and I didn't want to put the book down. I'm looking forward to reading her next book.
Published 8 days ago by TillyMint
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read funny,very sad at times and sweet .
Extremely good read couldn't put it down . Loved it and leant it to friends who also loved it .
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5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful read
I must recommend this wonderfully written book .... It will make you chuckle, laugh out loud, cry and yet, at the end, it will make you think. Read more
Published 11 days ago by paintbluecat
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writing
you can really understand the pain Jamie and his childhood self felt. A story that will stay with you long after you read the last page.
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