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Fascinating but ultimately disappointing,
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This review is from: City of Bohane (Paperback)
I bought this book because I read a short article by Kevin Barry which was beautifully and descriptively written with the most exciting and different prose I'd heard in a long time. This novel is full of the same unusual and captivating script and it kept me interested all the way through. At times it provoked me to shock and awe and it was certainly a journey of wonderful imagination.
Why then did I come away from it somewhat disappointed?
I didn't like or connect with any of the characters and that is probably the first time in my life that I have said that about a book set in Ireland. I didn't care very much what happened to any of them because they are, for the most part, self-centred and cruel, both verbally and physically. There are few discernible layers to most of them and the same can be said of the book.
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Initial post: 19 Aug 2012 18:56:29 BDT
'the true can be said of this book': what kind of dialect is this?
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2013 17:05:38 BDT
Hi "Frustrated".....I didn't say "true", I said "same"
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2013 09:18:30 BDT
Josey Wales says:
back to the subject - an incisive review. it reads like a creative writing project which is fine, but one dimensional for me. I like a story personally. But IMPAC award deserved!
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