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The Star Factory [Paperback]

Ciaran Carson

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13 Aug 1998
This is a shaggy-dog story delivered without once drawing breath: a risky, nerve-wracking, extraordinary performance. The Star Factory of the title was an abandoned mill, full of Piranesian galleries and rusting machinery, which haunted the author as a child; roads converge on Belfast to form a stellar patter, in an ironic benediction of the city's sectarian divisions. But the Star Factory is also a place of the imagination, where history and decaying architecture are turned into stories. And this is a book about growing up in a city that is full of stories, weaving in and out of each other as Carson explores myriad cities of his native town, diving down "the wormhole of memory" into parallel worlds where religion, politics, and the sad magic of the dying shipyards and linen factories take manifold forms.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books; New edition edition (13 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862071179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862071179
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.5 x 19 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A masterful playground of language and memory 25 Oct 1998
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As unlikely as the link may seem, Cairan Carson is to Belfast and traditional Irish music what Nathanial Mackey is to California and jazz.
Carson's memoire of life as an adolescent in Belfast is ripe ground for etymological meanderings in an out of English and Irish. He dally's with Catholic dogma and sources whose only connective thread is his passing interest in them.
The Star Factory is an internal play of language, image and memory that gives spunk to the genre and good craic to the reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical prose 3 Aug 2001
By Norah E Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
I was led to this book via Partickane's list of contemporary Irish literature on .... Partially a memoir, partially a meditation on language and history, and not quite like anything I have ever read before. Carson's prose style is lyrical, melodic and absolutely engaging without being in the least showy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Phantasmagoria 24 Jan 2013
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The writing in this book is exquisite. In my personal gallery of illustrious writers I equate Ciaran Carson with Thomas De Quincey. Both have luxurious imaginations and a limpid elegance of expression, though each has a highly unique vision. Carson's verbal pleasure palaces are abodes in which I never tire of dwelling. --John Sanbachh
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