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This “rare and powerful book”E Annie Proulx whose “mela. 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 just 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 Its OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids has lost the love of Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, 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 just one of those books I can never forget and think about often for no particular reason except for Guilt (Abe Glitsky, 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

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Ncholy beauty resonates with the deepest truths” Boston Glob. 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 start of this book that she is acting a part written by Jack with her in mind There are no serious spoilers in this review the book starts near the end of its story and travels back in time But there are an awful lot of obstacles to this affair lasting beyond the early flush of physical attraction a force known to undermine all sensible boundaries It seems to me that the novel concerns the efforts by Jack Ferris to understand the nature of those obstacles and to somehow devise a path through them that might translate lust into love In the process we are shown many features of the sectarianism and that divides Catholic from Protestant in Northern Ireland though it does not seem to me that the book is intrinsically judgemental or inclined to either side The issues are just there in the foreground dominating two lives in which politics has no part to play but cannot easily be escaped This makes it a Romeo and Juliet scenario in some ways The old stories are always a good model for the new I am interested in the language of this novel On Christmas morning in Chapter 6 Jack's alcholism is addressed and he writes He sat immobile in front of his desk His mind was trying to make a leap into the dark but his hands would not comply His thumb and forefinger were numb If he tried to write they froze And inside his head language no longer arrived grammatically but surfaced as a series of bizarre signs p60 All the same Dermot Healy sets out his account in the most grammatical and clearly precise terms and there is no uestion that he achieves his intended effect with great skill I wonder if that explains why the book is uite hard work at times and took a relatively long time for me to read There are signs at times of a struggle to achieve his desired effect If the language in his character's head is not grammatical why is the novel so grammatical If it is a series of bizarre signs then where are they on the page Don't get me wrong here I am not pouncing on a failing in the work of a very impressive writer and pointing out a blemish Rather I am thinking aloud and comparing this style of writing to alternatives such as that of Eimear McBride in A Girl Is a Half formed Thing I just find it an interesting idea to compare the two the apples and oranges the different aspects of the one great project which is writing truthful fiction Why I Went Back had been a Loyalist and a fierce Presbyterian She is an actress starting out in Horse Sense (Saddle Club, her career which might be thought to supply a basis for a relationship and indeed we know from the start of 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An Irish playwright reimagines his estranged lover’s past in. '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 effortless Healy does this with real skill It's rarely confusing always extremely literary but original and not laboured The story flows beautifully from Jack Ferris complex alcoholic writer fisherman lover 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 Shot on Gold (Play by Play, his estranged lover’s past in. '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 effortless Healy does this with real skill It's rarely confusing always extremely literary but original and not laboured The story flows beautifully from Jack Ferris complex alcoholic writer fisherman lover to Jonathan Adams RUC man Mythomorphia: An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge haunted by I Am Jane Goodall 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 Attentat mot Vita huset (Kane & Abel, helped to explain this recent enough part of our country's Twenty Questions history For example I didn't know O Melhor Livro Sobre Nada how sever the tensions were between people and Lost and Fondue (A Cheese Shop Mystery, 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 Who Were the Wright Brothers? honest account of The Expat Diaries how alcoholism can play out in Ireland and this is rarely confronted so The Hired Man honestly in our novels films etc