The book’s success, however, depends significantly on the accuracy of her portrayal of the grim reality of what the individuals experience in their varying engagements in the war
Book Review by James McCaughey Colm Toibin House of Names, Picador. May 2017 RRP: $29.99 h/b 261 pp ISBN: 978 1760 551421 The ancient Greeks have left us a legacy of myths. Some of them are still current – the stories of Oedipus or Antigone, for instance. Others, though less known, the story of Pygmalion say, have …
It might all lead to dull or grim stories, but Gebler’s characters are all human, damaged certainly, but each with his own story.
James Joyce, and Steampunk? Circus? Vaudeville? and the squiffy liffey, and worse?
‘This is an Irish novel that is afraid of nothing, least of all of being thought of as an Irish novel.’
Duffy is a smart and determined Catholic in a police force that is overwhelming Protestant; and he resides and survives in a Protestant estate because he has a ‘good relationship’ with the leader of the para militaries who run that estate.
That Sean Duffy, McKinty’s main character, is a Catholic means that his Northern Irish police superiors are unsure of him and that he is as much an outsider on the Gerry Adams side of his society as on the Ian Paisley side.
The world of the Travellers
Ok, give me two I should read,
You get to love too his elegant turn of phrase, understatement providing more eloquence than a rattle of words.