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Thirst [Paperback]

David Wheatley
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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: The Gallery Press (Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852352078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852352073
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.9 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,600,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Erudite 14 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The poems in this collection are very much reliant on their european descendents ... the translations in particular ... in that sense I agree with the reviewer from Tyrone, but to say all poetry from the Republic is smug is inaccurate ... it is unfortunate that this poet, not representative, has given such an impression.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual first collection. 29 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
What drew me to this book was how unlike other Irish poets Wheatley is, especially poets from the south of Ireland. I enjoyed the way he handles rhyme and narrative.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An insipid book. 6 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This collection of poems is very disappointing. It is a deriative collection. Derek Mahon seems to be the big influence on Mr Wheatley. Like so much poetry emanating from the Republic of Ireland it is self regarding and rather smug.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verbal Alchemy 7 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Highly crafted poems from an Irish writer I came across by chance -- formal without being formalist and, with due respect to the reader from Tyrone, not at all insipid, to this reader at least.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An accomplished debut by a promising young Irish poet. 30 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Chief among the book's pleasures are its acuteness of observation, its accurate evocation of rural and urban Ireland and its verbal wit. Wheatley's is a new voice in Irish poetry: gentle, quizzical and urbane. Especially enjoyable were "Landscape with Satellite Dish," "At a Yuan Play" "Alba" and "A Skimming Stone, Lough Bray." This is a thoughful, formally accomplished and beautifully produced first book by a young Irish writer of great promise. Warmly endorsed.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Irishry 29 Feb 2000
By David Wheatley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As someone who's just recently begun to read contemporary Irish poetry (Paul Muldoon, Ciaran Carson, Fred Johnston, John Hughes) I was happy to come across Wheatley's thoughtful and original book. His long poem about the Irish alchemist in Prague is particularly good.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Derivative. 3 Nov 1998
By jmhughes@stcolmans.demon.co.uk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A book which reminds me of one of those trendy coffee shops which have sprung up all over the place - trendy decor and dreadful coffee. A book which seems to say look at how clever I am.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrrated 12 Jan 2000
By A. Durnin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was interested in this book for a variety of reasons ... it won the rooney prize and wheatley is known as a vicious reviewer in Ireland. I don't write poetry, but I like to read it. But really I thought this were very careful, safe lyrics ... nothing exceptional, no insights, I wouldn't like to say what wheatley would say if he were reviewing the book with his own standards ...overall the arc of the book is a little unispiring too ... a couple of translations which do nothing but prove how what? erudite the poet is supposed to be ...
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