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Inspector Martin Aitken's life is a mess Divorced his career's in chaos and the last thing he needs this Christmas Even is An appealing and involving tale mainly concerning two narrative strands a screw up of a Dublin cop and an American woman returning to Ireland to find her birth mother after finding out she'd been adopted as a baby written with a high uality and a dark humour I enjoyed 'The Star of the Sea' by the same author a decade and a half ago and had high hopes here which weren't disappointed even with me now being a substantially older man There were aspects which reminded me a little of Colin Bateman here there was a lot to enjoy here That said as well there was also plenty to appreciate regarding the intelligence and sensitivity with which failure disappointment and mortality was discussed It was however too long and got bogged down in the middle

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And escape her unfaithful husband Dr Milton Amery is a New York plastic surgeon All three of their roads lead to Inishowen martin aitken's life is a mess he is an inspector was with special branch but got kicked out after an investigation into a case added to this his wife left him with their 2 daughters and now a recovering alcoholic he really has nothing to look forward to plus of course the irish troubles always on your doorsteps together with the usual gangs enter ellen an irish baby adopted by an american family now in her 40's she is determined to meet up with her mother after so long she has had correspondence after some time of asking but now he is dying from terminal cancer and wishes to close this chapter she leaves her husband and 2 children wo telling them where she is going this is not unusual for her and her husband a rich and successful cosmetic surgeon accepts it as he does that their love life is finished and he enjoys many mistresses michael and ellen become unlikely soulmates and what evolves is a compassionate novel showing raw fate betrayed love and ducked responsibilities wonderful prose and classic wit and narrative uite a uniue style u have to stretch the imagination towards the end which is rather a shame and does detract slightly bev By Cheyenne Campfires unfaithful husband Dr Milton Amery is a New York plastic surgeon All three of their roads lead to Inishowen martin aitken's life is a mess he is an inspector was with special branch but got kicked out after an investigation into a case added to this his wife left him with their 2 daughters and now a recovering alcoholic he really has nothing to look forward to plus of course the irish troubles always on your doorsteps together with the The Last Love Song usual gangs enter ellen an irish baby adopted by an american family now in her 40's she is determined to meet Shipping Greatness up with her mother after so long she has had correspondence after some time of asking but now he is dying from terminal cancer and wishes to close this chapter she leaves her husband and 2 children wo telling them where she is going this is not Rowan Wood Legends: The Lost Clan, Book 2 unusual for her and her husband a rich and successful cosmetic surgeon accepts it as he does that their love life is finished and he enjoys many mistresses michael and ellen become Dark Fire (Ghostworld, unlikely soulmates and what evolves is a compassionate novel showing raw fate betrayed love and ducked responsibilities wonderful prose and classic wit and narrative Finding Out uite a مرده‌ریگ و چند داستان دیگر uniue style The Retreat u have to stretch the imagination towards the end which is rather a shame and does detract slightly bev

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A strange woman collapsed on a Dublin street Ellen Donnelly is a woman on a mission coming to Ireland to find her mother Good lord I hardly know what to say about this book It is an extremely enjoyable read but I can’t say that it is good exactly It’s very promising in the beginning very funny very engaging but then the plot just becomes increasingly outlandish By the time it finishes there are so many uestions Why did she pretend to be a nun? Why did the guards think he’d stolen money and then just stop thinking that? Why did the writer bother to build up this thing about the mysterious stalker only to have it fizzle out? Why is his ex wife dating someone so useless? Why doesn’t he simply clean his house? Is he physically repulsive or absolutely gorgeous? Because it seems like the writer can’t decide Why is the main character a cliche detective with a drinking problem and a tormented past if he has no mystery to solve? Why does she want to divorce her husband for 45 million dollars specifically? Why did she stay with her philandering husband all that time? Why would a grown ass professional woman wear tight leather black clothes and red tights? Red tights? Red tights to a business meeting? Did the nun use two different types of hand writing to hide the fact that she was in face the mother? Why did that nutty American pretend to be Clinton? Why did the Irish air traffic controllers fall for it? What does the last line mean? “The rain fell harder colder ; like an insult” What the heck does that mean? Wasn’t it supposed to be a happy ending?At the same time it is funny and it does zip along and it is effective when it talks about Aitkin’s grief and the dissolution of his marriage The conversations between Aitkin and Ellen about Ireland are well done showing the difference between the native’s cynicism and the “Irish” American’s cynicism The references to the troubles were an interesting backdrop So yeah? Give it a read?


10 thoughts on “Inishowen

  1. says:

    I'd had a bad day The repairs to my bicycle in Ulster had got me to Sligo but then the repairs needed repairing and this was beyond me The man in the local Halfords was tremendous He worked for hours and sent me on my way Just in time to buy bubble bath and a book I was now about half a day behind schedule and needed a good rest And then the book kicked in I loved Star of the Sea but I liked this one better Like outranks love Martin Aitken is one of the best literary detectives of modern times Once I'd got thoroughly into it I wanted to change direction and cycle up to Inishowen One day I will and one day I'll read this book again I left it in a hotel in Birr If you picked it up there I'd be pleased to know it ended up in good hands


  2. says:

    I read this book in a day I loved Martin's character Ellen was a bit of a mystery to me and Amery was an asshole who I didn't empathise with at all A simplistic view maybe but these are the impressions I got from the writing O'Connor's sense of humour cuts through the general sadness of the themes in the book very successfully His political views are refreshingly unromantic and honest He uses the Irish weather in a manner akin to Wuthering Heights to add to the melodrama O'Connor writes emotional scenes very well without making them overly sentimental I really enjoyed this story and hope to read of this talented writer's books in future


  3. says:

    An appealing and involving tale mainly concerning two narrative strands a screw up of a Dublin cop and an American woman returning to Ireland to find her birth mother after finding out she'd been adopted as a baby written with a high uality and a dark humour I enjoyed 'The Star of the Sea' by the same author a decade and a half ago and had high hopes here which weren't disappointed even with me now being a substantially older man There were aspects which reminded me a little of Colin Bateman here there was a lot to enjoy here That said as well there was also plenty to appreciate regarding the intelligence and sensitivity with which failure disappointment and mortality was discussed It was however too long and got bogged down in the middle


  4. says:

    Seriously thought this was never going to end Like a recipe of nice ingredients that really don't mix well leaving a lumpy texture and a weird taste in your mouth And the two main characters' narrative voices middle aged losers with dysfunctional family relationships yawn were so similar that I kept getting mixed up as to which child belonged to whom But the plot was reasonably interesting for the first couple of hundred pages


  5. says:

    Absorbing but flawed writing Gripping in its storytelling but this book has too much weak writing to convince me that O'Connor is a major Irish voice


  6. says:

    Good lord I hardly know what to say about this book It is an extremely enjoyable read but I can’t say that it is good exactly It’s very promising in the beginning very funny very engaging but then the plot just becomes increasingly outlandish By the time it finishes there are so many uestions Why did she pretend to be a nun? Why did the guards think he’d stolen money and then just stop thinking that? Why did the writer bother to build up this thing about the mysterious stalker only to have it fizzle out? Why is his ex wife dating someone so useless? Why doesn’t he simply clean his house? Is he physically repulsive or absolutely gorgeous? Because it seems like the writer can’t decide Why is the main character a cliche detective with a drinking problem and a tormented past if he has no mystery to solve? Why does she want to divorce her husband for 45 million dollars specifically? Why did she stay with her philandering husband all that time? Why would a grown ass professional woman wear tight leather black clothes and red tights? Red tights? Red tights to a business meeting? Did the nun use two different types of hand writing to hide the fact that she was in face the mother? Why did that nutty American pretend to be Clinton? Why did the Irish air traffic controllers fall for it? What does the last line mean? “The rain fell harder colder ; like an insult” What the heck does that mean? Wasn’t it supposed to be a happy ending?At the same time it is funny and it does zip along and it is effective when it talks about Aitkin’s grief and the dissolution of his marriage The conversations between Aitkin and Ellen about Ireland are well done showing the difference between the native’s cynicism and the “Irish” American’s cynicism The references to the troubles were an interesting backdrop So yeah? Give it a read?


  7. says:

    This was my first Joseph O’Connor novel According to the blurb on the book jacket I expected it to be a crime story with an Irish cop trying to solve a missing person case in which a rich American tourist has disappeared I was pleasantly surprised Joseph O’Connor’s style is not very high brow but the story flowed easily and with a very refreshing undercurrent humour It was well structured and well paced The voices of the two male characters were utterly convincing and so was their Irish and respectively American lingo Obviously you side with the Dublin cop dead son broken marriage hurt friendless and lonely instead of the wealthy sneering philandering New York plastic surgeon even though his sarcasm was always spot on The female character remained opaue but maybe that was done intentionally or perhaps O’Connor can’t create female characters as convincingly I don’t know I uite liked the lovemaking scene it was very tastefully written However I thought that the story’s outcome was too slack literally a cop out Nonetheless I do want to read of O’Connor’s books I particularly enjoyed the Irish backdrop Since I have to teach Introductory Irish Cultural Studies to German high school seniors as if they cared I’m grateful for any kind of cultural insight And I got a lot of it from this book The book always felt authentic; at least to me it did but I am not Irish Yet in most cases as a reader you can tell whether the author knows what he she writes about and O’Connor definitely does


  8. says:

    martin aitken's life is a mess he is an inspector was with special branch but got kicked out after an investigation into a case added to this his wife left him with their 2 daughters and now a recovering alcoholic he really has nothing to look forward to plus of course the irish troubles always on your doorsteps together with the usual gangs enter ellen an irish baby adopted by an american family now in her 40's she is determined to meet up with her mother after so long she has had correspondence after some time of asking but now he is dying from terminal cancer and wishes to close this chapter she leaves her husband and 2 children wo telling them where she is going this is not unusual for her and her husband a rich and successful cosmetic surgeon accepts it as he does that their love life is finished and he enjoys many mistresses michael and ellen become unlikely soulmates and what evolves is a compassionate novel showing raw fate betrayed love and ducked responsibilities wonderful prose and classic wit and narrative uite a uniue style u have to stretch the imagination towards the end which is rather a shame and does detract slightly bev


  9. says:

    While I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I live in Inishowen I have some nitpicks I'll leave those until the endThis is the kind of novel that I like to read various characters are introduced and then their lives intertwine in interesting ways as the book progresses I thought the characters were uite well developed and I could understand their motivations and peccadillos Each Amery Aitken and Ellen had serious personal issues which I could be empathetic to and each one had their own comedy I liked the mix of heartfelt emotion and hilarity in this book a lot I laughed out loud many times and felt deeply for the characters tooAs for the nitpicks The Dublin author certainly did his homework on Inishowen and many of the pictures he painted were uite accurate One serious flaw though was how he had Aitken drive up to Inishowen and how he claimed that this was the route Aitken had done so often through Cavan and Enniskillen then on to Omagh and Derry I laughed when I first read Aitken saying it would take at least six hours to get up there But then when I saw the route he took I understood why In 1997 when the book is set the most straightforward way to get to Inishowen was through Slane Ardee Collon Monaghan and into the North at Aughnacloy Co Tyrone and on to Omagh and Derry A 4 hour journeyHe also strangely had Aitken and his Carndonagh wife marrying in Malin they would marry in Carn and burying their son at Lagg Chapel wouldn't happen he'd be in Carn graveyard He referred to a hotel in Carndonagh when there is none He had Ellen walk from Malin to Stroove which would take far hours than she did it in And then when Amery and Dick Spiggot and the kids landed the private plane in Dungloe West Donegal suddenly they were brought to the drunktank in Malin North Donegal And The Inish Times didn't exist in 1997 He referred to a Protestant family's house being burned out in the troubles and I really don't think that sort of thing happened in Donegal during the troubles He had Ellen the American use the word fortnight which is highly unlikely A tiny nitpick I know but it bugsOverall though an engaging warm touching and funny read I am tempted to add a final fifth star


  10. says:

    I enjoyed this book bits of the story were lost a little but basically about the meeting of Martin and Ellen and them both coming to terms with death and how they help one another to come to terms with it Also about the struggle of life in Ireland both north and south of the border


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