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Top Customer Reviews
As a child I was one of those "down from Belfast" every summer holidays and knew the beach area he writes about really
well and being a bit younger than Ross I remember hanging out with his brother Joss and others..Jimmy Orr and Errol Grey
are a few names I remember. Playing footie or rounders on the grassy bit to the left outside the Skeltons,just by where
"The Point" began. (and the "blunt end"..which was always full of water!)
The picture on the front cover was a meeting hut for the local kids where we would plan our next game of "Hounds and
Hares" through and over the fields and usually up to the deserted WW2 fort on the headland....a fantastic place with gun
emplacements,trenches,hidden underground rooms and watchtowers.
Though Ross's beach with its row of wooden bungalows and it's characters (old chap would sit all day shooting at seagulls
with a .22 bored LeeEnfield..think he lived on'em)..... has gone now.....eaten by the Kilroot Power Station development...
But just as with the author...it is still there in my memory as clear as it was yesterday. When I had to return to town at the end of
the summer...I was always envious of Joss and his chums who stayed there all year..they had the sea and the storms and
the steam trains.
But there is much more than "youthful memories" in this work, Ross's relationship with his father and mother as he grew
and left home, is full of perspectives most readers would recognize and it seems to me that Ross's father was a pilgrim
who knew absolutely there was a quest to be made...but like many of us...Read more ›
I did not want to let go of the smell of the sea and the stories of the people living around it. As opposed to the book critic or the many other stories of Irish childhoods I did not find the book to be about the economic difficulties of the family but about a lost world. The new bride walking to the top of the big old house by candle light, the loosely sketched love of the people, in an subtle old fashioned way, it is there, but one can only feel it because in typical Irish fashion is not spoken about.
The strong father looking for his own identity after "The War", the artistic resilient mother, the light of the sea and the smaller characters floating in the memory.
You will have a lovely time reading it too.
opening incident. From the narrative point of view, this is a recent
occurrence, but it also serves to illustrate a particular necessity repeatedly
imposed on the author throughout his life. He had to hold his
own extremely logical and rational disposition together with a conscious recognition of
the existence of an Otherness, starting with his father whose deep core was
mystical. With humour and without sentimentality, the reader
is told how the child held parental and other conflicts, learning of
the co-existence of BBC English with the flavoursome speech of Antrim,
of arcane ideas with practical skills, and of differing social customs and values
while living on the liminal shore that was the ground of his existence. Against this
complexity, the process of constructing an individual identity is vividly portrayed,
incorporating eloquent images from the lived life. Mice are brought to notice
combined with pianos; treasured pigeons and their carefully constructed loft are
thoughtlessly disposed of, conveying failure to acknowledge their subjective
value to the author. Very insightful and well-written.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was only a child when we left the bungalows. I felt I was back home again. Well worth a read if you have been brought up at Eden beach. Bert's younger sister. DoreenPublished 6 months ago by Sherry
nostalgic memories . My father grew up in Eden and had a great childhood there.Published on 19 Dec. 2014 by Amazon Customer
The picture on the front cover is very evocative and brings back many memories of a childhood spent in that area. Ross had me captured from the very beginning. Read morePublished on 11 April 2014 by Elizabeth Patterson
An enjoyable cross between Proust and Roddy Doyle.
Elegiac, evocative, funny and poignant - Skelton brings to life a boyhood of curious circumstances with a pleasing... Read more
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