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An understated and incisive read,
This review is from: The Cold Eye of Heaven (Hardcover)
Beginning in January 2010 and then travelling backwards in time to December 1940, this is the story of Farley Grainger's life.
Farley is a Dublin man - he was born in Dublin and he will die in Dublin. The ups and downs of Farley's life are entwined in the ups and downs of Dublins' life over the past seventy years and it is this that we read about in this story.
When the story opens, Farley has awoken to find himself in an awkward position on the bathroom floor, not really knowing how he got there. As he wonders if he'll ever be able to shout loud enough for help, his mind wanders through the past.
I found this to be a gentle yet incisive read, quietly atmospheric and poignant. Don't expect a 'complete story' where all the threads get pulled together at the end as this doesn't really happen - think, instead of a photograph album in words.
I was also reminded of another book which also looks at a man approaching the end of his life, Henning Mankell's Italian Shoes and readers who enjoyed Farley's story, might like to read this too.