The Very Man Paperback – 6 Feb 2004
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About the Author
Chris Binchy is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, has been a chef and is now a full time writer. The Very Man is his first novel. He lives in Dublin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The book gives non-Dubliners a rich insight of how the economic boom took a grip on the city before the crash (much like the Yuppie era of the 1980s, I guess). The characters are well-rounded and Binchey contrasts the new generation of squandering go-getters in contemporary Dublin with the rather staid, traditional Irish of the countryside who'd probably seen it all before. If you are looking for a good tale that's well written, I would recommend this
I found the writing style a little strange to begin with and was urging the author to add a few more full stops.
You get a real feel for the character and of his Dublin surroundings.
The ending is a little sharp & quick with no real sense of closure (for me anyway), but a really enjoyable read that I couldn't put down halfway through it!
I guess it was mainly down to the style of writing since the story is not particularly amazing, but there are lots clever takes on many aspects of Dublin life - from another review I saw on Amazon for a different edition it seems that non-Dubliners can grasp all the finer points. I doub't you'll be dis-appointed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. Living in IReland and having seen the many changs over the last few years, not only phsycially in all the new buildings and cafes, restaurants,... Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2005
In Ireland doubtless even more so than elsewhere. And Chris Binchy is - sorry, but it's hard not to be reminded of this when his novel is so weak - the celebrated Maeve Binchy's... Read morePublished on 17 July 2004