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Moving Acount of a Man Named Charlie.
on 3 May 2013
The narrator Charlie is the 'gamal', ( shortened from the Irish 'gamalog', meaning simpleton) of the story. Crazy is the generic term for him. Oppositional Defiant Disorder is the technical nomenclature. However he is defined, he narrates his own story with the aid of his intellect and the internet. Contrary to nature, to the point of being perverse, his lack of conformity gives him a licence to free speech with his disorder as a back-up excuse. He is not short of friends who are close to him. Sinead and James have suffered adversity. Charlie and the readers do not know the ins-and-outs of these, but Charlie is observant and is no slouch when it comes to being astutely perceptive.
Whatever is up, Charlie's psychiatrists feel his talent for assessing life around him would be therapeutically beneficial written down in book format. Ever-willing in an apostate manner, Charlie may as well be setting down his story for blind-folded readers. In similar vein his approach to his beloved music is written with a join the dots and fill in the blanks challenge. He is in an indefinable category of a controlled and deliberate looseness that annoys the establishment as his talents are clear. Throw in his abilities as an an illustrator of life whether in song or words, both in realism or the cleverness of a story-teller, Charlie is your man.
His misfit talents eventually cross singer Sinead and the ritualistic background of Protestant James. If envy or mistrust arise, Ciaron Collins is able to camouflage them, not without touches of humour. An excellent, thoughtful and entertaining novel that deserves a wide readership.