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This review is from: Nights Beneath the Nation (Paperback)
Although the book is a bit slow to begin, hold on, because after the first two chapters you get into the story. And what a story it is! The writing is very clever, and Kehoe has a delightful way to involve the reader in the character's story.
The main character - who is also the narrator - dives into his past as the story is developped, and at the same time meets his ghosts in the city he one day swore he'd never would go back to. Not a very likeable character at first, his 20 year-old self introduces us to another, less cynical and more open minded person. And the book is clever enough to show that even at 70 someone can still change and evolve - Daniel does so during the course of the book.
The conclusion is violent, desperately sad and heart breaking. It never falls into a melodramatic mess, however, which makes the despair of the characters much stronger. My only criticism about the book would be its length - at barely 244 pages, certainly the book could have been developped a bit more - and the fact that it didn't explore enough the very interesting inter-generational friendship between Daniel and Gerard.
Overall, it will appeal to those who like to read a powerful love story, those who want to know more about what it was like to be gay in 50s Dublin, and those who enjoy well written good books.