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that awful sense of writerly that pollutes so many novels It s so full of irrepressible human truth and lifeWonderful wonderful wonderful A Goat s Song is what I would class a perfect contemporary Irish novel and a perfect modern love story by love I mean star crossed love The real skill in the story is the format which flits forwards and backwards in time between different characters and their perspectives but this is effortlessFROM THAT AWFUL SENSE OF WRITERLY
Healy does this with real skill It s rarely confusing always extremely literary but original and not laboured The story flowsdoes this with real skill It s rarely confusing always extremely literary but original and not laboured The story flows from ack ferris complex alcoholic writer fisherman from Jack Ferris complex alcoholic writer fisherman to Jonathan Adams RUC man haunted by his failure in the church and violence in NI His desire to conuer Irish language and mythology land back to Catherine wreckless beautiful talented actress promiscuous flawed real seeming characters caught up in their place in time tangled by the politics of Ireland and NI The book spins a modern mythology with the tragedies of ordinary lives reflected in it The complex webs between the characters become a metaphor symbolic of the tragic relationship between Ireland and the North Two places that can never be together and can never be apart I didn t know a lot of the context in which some of the events took place and the book set the scene for these really well which as an Irish person helped to explain this recent enough part of our country s history For example I didn t know how sever the tensions were between people and how opening your mouth to express yourself was genuinely dangerous At times the plot can meander a bit than I liked but this was a small flaw in brilliant bookThe scenery in Belmullet is like an added character I loved the occasional references to goats throughout the tale tooAdditionally the book is a very honest account of how alcoholism can play out in Ireland and this is rarely confronted so honestly in our novels films etc. Ncholy beauty resonates with the deepest truths” Boston Glob.
review è PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ò Dermot HealyThis book was one I had meant to read for some time and when I heard it being name checked recently by Kevin Barry on a Top 5 books podcast that tipped the odds in its favourVery briefly it s about a tortured love affair set mostly in the Mullet peninsula of Mayo but with excursions also to Belfast and the heartland of Ulster Unionism The characters also seem to lead lives that
abnormal ie way too much of alcohol In fact it s pretty clear that the main character is a full blown alcoholicI think the way all of the places involved are described is first class you really get a sense of the elemental nature of life on the West coast and how the wind is ever present In Belfast there is a great sense of claustrophobic society how everyone seems to know what the other person is doing and what religion they adhere to The description of the way that the female character s father an RUC man finds a bolt hole on the West coast of Ireland is well handled and the examination of his prejudices and misconceptions is very credibleNo point in recycling the entire plot line but I really enjoyed the way the characters were drawn the sense of place in multiple locations and the way people talked was very true to life I thought the descriptions of nature were excellent and the use of language was lyrical there was a great flow to them On the negative side the bookENCOMPASS ABNORMAL IE WAY TOO MUCH
did go on and on and on a bit however and some of the philosophising sections were hard togo on and on and on a bit however and some of the philosophising sections were hard to It wandered a bit too much for my liking So not an unualified success and not a book to read if you give up easily but if you give it the time and make the effort it will give you glimpses into parts of Ireland and Irish society that don t normally get this level of interest And it is a very convincing dissection of a number of key characters and a sense of what makes them tick A good book maybe not a great one though An astonishing gut wrenching heartbreaking masterpiece One of the most beautiful. An Irish playwright reimagines his estranged lover’s past in. Books I ve read I gave it a 3 as parts of this book were excellent lyrical writingBUT and it s a big one The story meandered And meandered through lashings of drink and drunken fights I didn t know what was real and what was imagined And perhaps I wasn t meant to but it added to the confusionThe good parts were very good The description of the NorthernSouthern Ireland conflicts the differences in even the life of the towns He catches all that and wellThe
most interesting character in the book was Catherine s father Jonathan Adamsinteresting character in the book was Catherine s father Jonathan Adams honestly thought the book should have been about him A wonderful complex character Unlike the two leads who bored me with their endless drunken shenanigans and whining This reviewer has been out at sea three days I ve been hurled and whirled up and down and backwards all at the same time been beaten up and chased by goats and had Jack Ferris is an Irish Catholic writer of plays occasional crew man on a trawler off the West Coast deeply self obsessed and uite a serious alcoholic Catherine Adams is the daughter of a sergeant in the Royal Ulster Constabulary who had been a Loyalist and a fierce Presbyterian She is an actress starting out in her career which might be thought to supply a basis for a relationship and *indeed we know from the s An intensely personal rambling poetic book telling the story of an alcoholic writer in rural * we know from the s An intensely personal rambling poetic book telling the story of an alcoholic writer in rural One of my favorite books of all time Pure poetic fiction about a drunk who has lost the love of his life The sadness is so tangibly beautiful the imagery will sweep you away Simply put Healy is a master with words and A Goat Song delivers in so many waysIts ust one of those books I can never forget and think about often for no particular reason except for how well it is written When a book is this well written it doesn t matter what it s about I ll be reading everything by Dermot Healy that I can promise Healy what a gifted writerA Goat s Song is free of those novelistic tricks and tur. This “rare and powerful book”E Annie Proulx whose “mela.