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  1. says:

    My town is nowhere you have been but you know its ilk35 stars rounded up because it's not the author's fault that i have already read The Spinning Heart which is the unfairly high standard i must now judge all irish post celtic tiger story collections againstthese stories are all than competent on their own but i kept again unfairly wanting them to bleed into each other to connect to have characters resurface in other stories in a significant way and that's one of those backhanded compliments there were some characters i liked enough to want to see of so i was a little let down that i didn't get as much closure and follow up as i craved overall a strong collection filled with all that despair and helplessness i like so much in my books stories of people trapped in their small lives unable to escape the town of their birth where all of their secrets are known falling into destructive patterns of drinking drugs hopeless relationships and crime to dampen their frustrations barrett is a great writer there is a strong sense of character and motivation and you definitely understand the impulses driving the situations even when you want to say oh my god don't do THAT there are only seven stories in this collection but one of them Calm With Horses is nearly a hundred pages long so it's not a pamphlet or anything it's actually the perfect length for a short story collection i'm still at the stage in short story appreciation where the idea of reading 300 pages of nothing but stories is a little daunting so this one satisfies without overstaying its welcome The Clancy Kid There is the comfort of routine in our routine but also the mystery of that routine's persistencethis is a good start to the collection it sets up many of the themes that will recur throughout the book hopeless yearning feelings acknowledged too late damaged individuals heartbreaking childhood stories desultory drinking convenient sex dubious romantic gestures unexpected tenderness and the gutpunch of We all have things we won't let go ofthis is one of those stories that just ends and i'm sure that the last sentence is meant to have an emotional resonance but it was a little too on the nose for me i freuently have mixed feelings about the way short stories end though so don't listen to me i'm just a crankBaitthis is one of the ones that had characters whose adventures i wanted to read of this story echoes the sentiments of the last one about the tenacity of the heart of holding on to things well past their expiration date it is told from the perspective of harmless teddy following in the wake of lovelorn pool shark matteen as he pursues a woman with whom he had a brief relationship a woman well out of his league They went out on a few dates thereafter Matteen with his hand gripped about Sarah's wrist his eyes brimming with the terror tinged delight of a man who has gotten exactly what he wants Nobody knew what to say to them Unanimously flummoxed were we Mattheen's pack and envious Matteen did not know what to say to Sarah either and she characteristically said almost nothing Soon enough to our relief it ended Sarah euthanised it proffered no explanation Matteen crushed did not pursue one Its demise was built into the thing's inception was the way he considered it at first; good things do not last blah blahThat was a year ago And Matteen was fine for a bit clinging to this stoic philosophical read but the loss was hitting him constitutionally nowi really enjoyed this story up until the end see what a crank i am? the end just felt off somehow with its odd almost supernatural tone it's not overtly supernatural nothing like that but there's this witchysuccubus tone to it that left me a little befuddled and that's mostly why i wanted follow up i wanted to know what came next alasThe Moonthis one was probably my favorite an utterly gorgeous bruised but stoic feel to it it was sad and oddly romantic for a story containing the line 'I just pulled a wee length of pussy out of my gob'another story about a convenient physical relationship that unexpectedly snags the heart and won't let go despite how unrealistic it would be to continue 'You like this place don't you Val? You like everything about it' said Martina'That sounds like an accusation''Not at all Someone has to stay put hold down the fort''You're not going anywhere that far''Galway's not that far' said Martina 'but it might as well be the moon for people like you'oh martina you heartbreaker youStand Your Skinanother strong story this it did a really good job of highlighting that oppressive small town atmosphere where everyone has known everyone else since they were little kids and no one is given an opportunity to hide from their past or become something unexpected; everything is socially preordained the weight of your past is inescapable and fuck you for trying poor poor bat drinking by himself on his roof every night with his holden caulfield impulses to protect the young girls from the inevitable and his unfortunate visage Bat was never a good looking lad even before Tansey cracked his face in half he knows that His features are and always have been round and nubby irremediably homely exuding all the definition of a bowl of mashed up spuds His eyes at least are distinctive though not necessarily in a good way; they are thick lashed purplishly pupiled and primed glintingly wide They suggest urgent unseemly appeal You look constantly as if in want his old dear chided him all up through childhoodpoor bat whom everyone has written off whose accident is the endpoint of his development in the town lore and gossip he will never be than that anecdotethere are a couple of stories in this collection that are single character POV until the very end when the perspective shifts to an unexpected character's sights this is one of them and it's an effective shift Calm With Horsesthis one you will recall is the long one and despite it being so long i was enthusiastic enough with the characters and the story to wish for a book length version of it this one veers into grit lit territory with its criminal element operating in the secluded backwoods culminating in scenes of explosive detailed violence it also had a fantastic moment of black comedy which meshed strikingly with a scene from boardwalk empiregreat story great ending this one makes me want to read a novel by barrett because he definitely maintains his stride throughout the longer space and it's a very successful satisfying piece of bleak ass writing Diamondsthis one didn't make me feel one way or another it is the story from which the collection draws its name 'But you were there and I was there' she said 'In our young skins though we didn't know each other from Adam Strange to think of it' the irony of course being that the two characters in this conversation still don't know each other except in the false closeness of carnal relations it's short and sad but it didn't resonate much with me i can see it being a favorite for a different reader but there are other stories i preferredKindly Forget My Existencethis one i can see being staged as a play somewhere the action all takes place in a bar with some flashbacks to the characters' shared past and the horrifying backstory of the bartender this is another one that uses the last scene POV handoff which leaves behind a good closing tone for the collection it's mournful and a little haunting and the character is left not knowing what happened to the men with whom he passed an afternoon the same way the reader is left not knowing the aftermath of any of the stories they have just read a pleasantly sustained open ended feelingi would enthusiastically read by this guycome to my blog


  2. says:

    An extraordinary debut of contemporary short stories by Irish author Colin Barrett winner of the Frank O’Connor Irish Short Stories and the Rooney Prize Set in Glanbeigh Ireland his characters show the downtrodden side of Irish society Barrett’s prose is sharp vibrant and moody Crass at times but brilliantWhat a very fine voice to enter the contemporary Irish literary worldHighly recommend5 out of 5 stars


  3. says:

    This is another book I’ve wanted to read for ages the time finally arrived “Young Skins” is a collection of short stories 6 stories and 1 novella a debut which won several impressive book awards including The Frank O’Conner International Short Story Award and The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature Colin Barrett’s stories although each very different have a running theme throughout failure is hiding in the shadows of these men and women who live in the small town of Glanbeigh a fictional town in Irelandtheir discomforts resentments disillusionment longings loss and defeats between the youth and adults The town Glanbeigh itself is a very bleak place it’s not a town where people’s lives are thriving and inspiringunless of course drinking cocktails with red syrup and crushed ice concoctions are the highlight of your day Dreary is as dreary isCrazy wonderful deadpan characters with names that fit their basic dispositions — BAT TUG NUBBIN TANSEY ARM DYMPNA MINION etc These characters are bored do little drink a lot of beer don’t expect much hope for their future and what plays on our thoughts is just how real this image is of life for many twenty somethings today in pockets all over the world Profanity violence humor in the context of darknessgorgeous lyrical elegant proseA very talented young author Cheers for the Irish


  4. says:

    Colin Barrett has a stunning way with words Some of these sentences are unbearably beautiful As such I can absolutely see why this collection comes this highly praised But for me personally the stories were just too bleak in the end and in their bleakness too similar to each otherThe stories focus young men and not so young men who for one reason or the other are unhappy in their lives There is a sense of hopelessness that infuses these stories a sense of roads not taken and lives not lived All stories are impeccably crafted but maybe too similar in tone Short fiction is often a format that plays with hopelessness and sadness but even so this one was too sad for meBarrett infuses his stories with a great sense of place in a way that I really appreciated His depiction of small town Irish life rings true as true as it can ring for me who has never lived thereMy favourite story was the very last story of the collection Kindly Forget My Existence was just the perfect way to end this collection Here two former bandmates meet again at a pub in their hometown trying to drink their cowardice away and attend the funeral of their ex girlfriend and ex wife respectively The whole story is just pitch perfect and nearly had me up my rating If you only read one story of this collection make sure it is this oneYou can find this review and other thoughts on books on my blog


  5. says:

    In the vein of authors like Donal Ryan and Lisa McInerney Colin Barrett has a gift for conjuring uiet scenes from small town Irish life that bristle with a kind of dormant tension Young Skins is a collection of seven short stories that all take place in the same town and often the same pub with a few overlapping characters but which mostly stand on their own Each story focuses on a male protagonist usually young all in some way navigating working class life post Ireland's financial collapse It's very rare that I give a short story collection 5 stars; it's to be expected that in a collection like this certain stories are going to shine and certain others are going to fade into the background Though I loved Barrett's prose throughout this collection really wasn't an exception to the rule there are stories I loved and stories I found to be rather forgettable though thankfully none I outright dislikedThe Clancy Kid was a strong opening introducing us to the gritty bleak backdrop of young love turned to heartbreak that characterizes so many of these stories as well as the kind of violence that permeates male youth culture Bait is a tricky one; I'd been loving it up until the very end where it takes an incongruously supernatural? turn that I still haven't fully made sense of If you've read this story please tell me your thoughts on the endingThe Moon didn't leave much of an impression on me though this is where Barrett states a lot of the collection's thematic conceits rather plainly which makes it a solid addition a young flighty woman says to our protagonist at one point Galway's not that far but it might as well be the moon for people like you And I thought Stand Your Skin was maybe too thematically similar to The Moon though Stand Your Skin is the one I preferredCalm With Horses the collection's magnum opus is of a novella than a short story nearing 100 pages In my opinion this story stands head and shoulders above the rest and it's not just because of its length I think this is where Barrett is able to really stretch his legs and show us what he's capable of Various characters and subplots weave in an out of this one and all dovetail in a satisfying heart rending conclusion I really hope Barrett has a novel in the worksDiamonds I think is solidly the weakest story that doesn't offer much that we can't already find elsewhere And Kindly Forget My Existence is a fitting ending where Barrett eschews his young protagonists in favor of two middle aged men who sit down at a pub and discuss their own youth So as with most short story collections a mixed bag but it's worth the price of admission for the stunningly tragic Calm With Horses alone and the rest of the stories mostly hold their own as well Dismal and hopeless as this collection is on the whole there's an assured beauty to Barrett's prose that I found very striking especially for a debut and I can't wait to see what he does next


  6. says:

    35 uite a few good stories by this up and coming Irish writer Stuck in a Irish town with boarded up windows for store fronts and little or no job opportunity besides hanging playing pool etch these young men and women spend endless days trying to outwit boredom and the nullifying effects of sameness Some hang on to long to past relationships and dreams others kind of step in place just going through motions preserving denying their bleak outlook What saves these scenarios are some cunning witticisms dark humor and despite the hopelessness a sense of perseverance and a touch of hope


  7. says:

    I'd rate this 45 starsGritty sometimes bleak but full of well developed characters and emotions the stories in Colin Barrett's collection Young Skins are tremendously compelling and memorableSet in the small Irish town of Glanbeigh Barrett's stories evoke the weariness one feels when they have spent most of their life in one place with the same people following the same path they always have Sometimes his characters are down on their luck sometimes their facing a major crossroads and sometimes they're just hoping for a little out of life And even when they aren't the most upstanding people to put it mildly in some cases Barrett's respect for his characters makes you care about them anywayI really enjoyed all seven stories in this collection Some of my favorites included Stand Your Skin about a man whose face was damaged by someone else's act of recklessness and how he tends to live his life on the margins; The Moon about a senior bouncer at a bar whose infatuation with his boss' college aged daughter makes him ponder a different life than he has known; Calm with Horses which followed Arm the enforcer for a neighborhood drug dealer whose life is far complex and complicated than you'd expect; The Clancy Kid about a lovelorn young man and his larger than life best friend who is obsessed with the kidnapping of a young boy from their neighborhood; and Kindly Forget My Existence in which two old friends and romantic rivals are reunited when both try to avoid a solemn occasionWhile Barrett's writing style reminded me a bit of Roddy Doyle's he has a voice all his own I had read about this collection a number of times over the last several months and it always had been on my to be read list but I'm so glad I finally picked it up These stories are rich with character plot and introspection and they definitely leave you marveling Colin Barrett may be a relative newcomer to the world of fiction but I don't anticipate he'll be a flash in the pan given his talentSee all of my reviews at


  8. says:

    A fabulous collection of stories just like with Welcome Thieves there's a grittiness and rawness to the stories that pulls you ineven if you didn't like the people or what they didMost of the stories were easy to get lost in even the ones I didn't like as much in their own wayOne story in particular Calm with Horses was good but it felt like a couple endings happened before the actual one happened A couple moments in that one seemed particularly tragic to me in different ways despite everything had me wanting to know what would happen nextWould recommend one of those books people should know about The Clancy Kid 4 stars It is Sunday The weekend that three day festival of attrition is done Sunday is the day of purgation and redress; of tenderised brain cases and seesawing stomachs and hollow pledges to never ever get that twisted again A day you are happy to see slip by before it ever really gets going Bait 35 stars And then laughter and I could not tell who had spoken and who was laughing and if it wasn't for the boot flat against my Adam's apple I would have begged go ahead girlsI would have begged you to do your worst The Moon 4 stars From their elevated niche the three watched as the last of the night's crowd slowly dispersed Girls huddled together rubbing their bare goosefleshed arms Boys stood alone with their chests out fists wadded into pockets glowering at the dark with thwarted bloodshot eyesOther boys and girls leant into one another tangling arms laughing conspicuously Stand Your Skin 4 stars The Honda is no power racer but watching the dimpled macadam hurtle away beneath the monocular glare of his headlight Bat feels he is moving too fast to exist; as he dips into and leans out of the crooks and curves of the road he becomes the crooks and curves A bristling silence hangs over the deep adjacent acres the pastures woodlands and hills sprawled out all around him Calm with Horses 35 stars Dympna Devers was twenty five a year older than Arm Dympna sold marijuana fat green ziplocked bags of the stuff all over town The town was small and Dympna held a monopoly on such business Fannigan was the eldest of the crew of five dealers currently in Dympna's employ Fannigan sold out of the industrial estate where he worked evenings as a production line stiff in the Allgen medical prosthetics plantThey were beyond the farmsteads now into reefs of bogland infested with gorse bushes Bony hard thorned and truculently thriving the gorse bushes' yellow blossoms were vivid against the grained black sheen of the sump waters the seamed bog fields The sky was clearing itself of clouds The day was on its afternoon wane already Diamonds 4 stars I left the city with my connections scorched and my prospects blown looking only for somewhere to batten down for the winter to come I left on a bright morning in August dozing fitfully as the train drifted through the purgatorial horizontals of the midlands heading west Kindly forget my existence 4 stars Eli's rinsed brogues sueaked on the Tavern's floorboards He transferred his overcoat from one arm to the other Limply piled and dripping it resembled the lustreless corpse of a drowned animal Eli heaped the coat on the stool adjacent to Doran's but remained standing himself


  9. says:

    My God these stories are dispiriting Maybe they hit a little bit too close to home for me Like these characters I come from a small village in the west of Ireland so I recognise some of the sense of hopelessness disillusionment and despair described in these pages That's also my one major criticism Barrett focuses exclusively on the no hopers the deadbeats people who live their whole blinkered life in the same place But rural Ireland is not entirely the relentlessly bleak picture he paints Believe me there is beauty and wonder to be found there tooThe writing itself is stunning From the first few assured paragraphs you know you're in the hands of a master Barrett is extremely adept at evoking the unsettling atmosphere of a small town Saturday night when the hard working locals who live for the weekend remove their shackles and all hell is known to break looseThe novella Calm With Horses is an unforgettable standout It describes the exploits of Arm an ex boxer who provides the muscle for a local drug dealer The tone is incredibly ominous from the start and the tension ratchets so sweetly to a heart stopping denouement I had to the book down for a while to catch my breathBut I read to escape and this collection sucks me back into the gloomy discouraging aspect of my upbringing Hence the four stars This is a confident striking debut I'd like to see if Barrett can take a look outside this Darkness On The Edge Of Town I'll be keeping a close eye on what he does next


  10. says:

    Barrett presents six short stories and one novella about the residents of a small rural town in Ireland Here are sad lonely and disappointed people whose lives didn't turn out uite like they'd hoped There's not much to do but hang at the pub looking for adventure love or at least a temporary thrillThe stories are dark and happy endings rarer that a sunny day yet an underlying comic tone keeps the mood from becoming too bleakThis is an excellent debut by a writer with a bright future


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Making a remarkable entrance onto the Irish and UK literary scene with rave reviews in The Sunday Times and The Guardian Colin Barrett’s Young Skins is a stunning introduction to a singular voice in contemporary fictionEnter the small rural town of Glanbeigh a place whose fate took a downturn with the Celtic Tiger a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt and booze sodden boredom fills the corners of every pub and nightclub Here and in the towns beyond the young li My town is nowhere you have been but you know its ilk35 stars rounded up because it's not the author's fault that i have already read The Spinning Heart which is the unfairly high standard i must now judge all irish post celtic tiger story collections againstthese stories are all than competent on their own but i kept again unfairly wanting them to bleed into each other to connect to have characters resurface in other stories in a significant way and that's one of those backhanded compliments there were some characters i liked enough to want to see of so i was a little let down that i didn't get as much closure and follow up as i craved overall a strong collection filled with all that despair and helplessness i like so much in my books stories of people trapped in their small lives unable to escape the town of their birth where all of their secrets are known falling into destructive patterns of drinking drugs hopeless relationships and crime to dampen their frustrations barrett is a great writer there is a strong sense of character and motivation and you definitely understand the impulses driving the situations even when you want to say oh my god don't do THAT there are only seven stories in this collection but one of them Calm With Horses is nearly a hundred pages long so it's not a pamphlet or anything it's actually the perfect length for a short story collection i'm still at the stage in short story appreciation where the idea of reading 300 pages of nothing but stories is a little daunting so this one satisfies without overstaying its welcome The Clancy Kid There is the comfort of routine in our routine but also the mystery of that routine's persistencethis is a good start to the collection it sets up many of the themes that will recur throughout the book hopeless yearning feelings acknowledged too late damaged individuals heartbreaking childhood stories desultory drinking convenient sex dubious romantic gestures unexpected tenderness and the gutpunch of We all have things we won't let go ofthis is one of those stories that just ends and i'm sure that the last sentence is meant to have an emotional resonance but it was a little too on the nose for me i freuently have mixed feelings about the way short stories end though so don't listen to me i'm just a crankBaitthis is one of the ones that had characters whose adventures i wanted to read of this story echoes the sentiments of the last one about the tenacity of the heart of holding on to things well past their expiration date it is told from the perspective of harmless teddy following in the wake of lovelorn pool shark matteen as he pursues a woman with whom he had a brief relationship a woman well out of his league They went out on a few dates thereafter Matteen with his hand gripped about Sarah's wrist his eyes brimming with the terror tinged delight of a man who has gotten exactly what he wants Nobody knew what to say to them Unanimously flummoxed were we Mattheen's pack and envious Matteen did not know what to say to Sarah either and she characteristically said almost nothing Soon enough to our relief it ended Sarah euthanised it proffered no explanation Matteen crushed did not pursue one Its demise was built into the thing's inception was the way he considered it at first; good things do not last blah blahThat was a year ago And Matteen was fine for a bit clinging to this stoic philosophical read but the loss was hitting him constitutionally nowi really enjoyed this story up until the end see what a crank i am? the end just felt off somehow with its odd almost supernatural tone it's not overtly supernatural nothing like that but there's this witchysuccubus tone to it that left me a little befuddled and that's mostly why i wanted follow up i wanted to know what came next alasThe Moonthis one was probably my favorite an utterly gorgeous bruised but stoic feel to it it was sad and oddly romantic for a story containing the line 'I just pulled a wee length of pussy out of my gob'another story about a convenient physical relationship that unexpectedly snags the heart and won't let go despite how unrealistic it would be to continue 'You like this place don't you Val? You like everything about it' said Martina'That sounds like an accusation''Not at all Someone has to stay put hold down the fort''You're not going anywhere that far''Galway's not that far' said Martina 'but it might as well be the moon for people like you'oh martina you heartbreaker youStand Your Skinanother strong story this it did a really good job of highlighting that oppressive small town atmosphere where everyone has known everyone else since they were little kids and no one is given an opportunity to hide from their past or become something unexpected; everything is socially preordained the weight of your past is inescapable and fuck you for trying poor poor bat drinking by himself on his roof every night with his holden caulfield impulses to protect the young girls from the inevitable and his unfortunate visage Bat was never a good looking lad even before Tansey cracked his face in half he knows that His features are and always have been round and nubby irremediably homely exuding all the definition of a bowl of mashed up spuds His eyes at least are distinctive though not necessarily in a good way; they are thick lashed purplishly pupiled and primed glintingly wide They suggest urgent unseemly appeal You look constantly as if in want his old dear chided him all up through childhoodpoor bat whom everyone has written off whose accident is the endpoint of his development in the town lore and gossip he will never be than that anecdotethere are a couple of stories in this collection that are single character POV until the very end when the perspective shifts to an unexpected character's sights this is one of them and it's an effective shift Calm With Horsesthis one you will recall is the long one and despite it being so long i was enthusiastic enough with the characters and the story to wish for a book length version of it this one veers into grit lit territory with its criminal element operating in the secluded backwoods culminating in scenes of explosive detailed violence it also had a fantastic moment of black comedy which meshed strikingly with a scene from boardwalk empiregreat story great ending this one makes me want to read a novel by barrett because he definitely maintains his stride throughout the longer space and it's a very successful satisfying piece of bleak ass writing Diamondsthis one didn't make me feel one way or another it is the story from which the collection draws its name 'But you were there and I was there' she said 'In our young skins though we didn't know each other from Adam Strange to think of it' the irony of course being that the two characters in this conversation still don't know each other except in the false closeness of carnal relations it's short and sad but it didn't resonate much with me i can see it being a favorite for a different reader but there are other stories i preferredKindly Forget My Existencethis one i can see being staged as a play somewhere the action all takes place in a bar with some flashbacks to the characters' shared past and the horrifying backstory of the bartender this is another one that uses the last scene POV handoff which leaves behind a good closing tone for the collection it's mournful and a little haunting and the character is left not knowing what happened to the men with whom he passed an afternoon the same way the reader is left not knowing the aftermath of any of the stories they have just read a pleasantly sustained open ended feelingi would enthusiastically read by this guycome to my blog Putting zen: La maîtrise de soi sur le green onto the Irish and UK literary scene with rave reviews in The Sunday Times and The Guardian Colin Barrett’s Young Skins is a stunning introduction to a singular voice in contemporary fictionEnter the small rural town Rentrer la Balle de Golf (Un sport pour s'affirmer t. 2) of Glanbeigh a place whose fate took a downturn with the Celtic Tiger a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt and booze sodden boredom fills the corners Golf: Le grand livre Hachette of every pub and nightclub Here and in the towns beyond the young li My town is nowhere you have been but you know its ilk35 stars rounded up because it's not the author's fault that i have already read The Spinning Heart which is the unfairly high standard i must now judge all irish post celtic tiger story collections againstthese stories are all than competent Golf : Techniques et secrets de pros on their 9 Techniques simples pour jouer mentalement comme un pro !: Et réduire rapidement son score d'au moins 4 coups ! 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Choisir objectivement le matériel le plus adapté à ses besoins one GOLF EN ABSURDIE: Tout ce que vous auriez voulu ne jamais savoir sur le golf of them Calm With Horses is nearly a hundred pages long so it's not a pamphlet Le Swing Intemporel (TSP.TALENT SPOR) or anything it's actually the perfect length for a short story collection i'm still at the stage in short story appreciation where the idea La Plus Grande Partie de tous les temps: La naissance du golf moderne of reading 300 pages Positions difficiles et solutions efficaces: Conseils golfiques pour le tour of nothing but stories is a little daunting so this EmoGolf: Les émotions dans le golf et la manière de les gérer one satisfies without Golf, mode d'emploi - Nouvelle édition overstaying its welcome The Clancy Kid There is the comfort Jouer au golf intelligemment of routine in Golf, petit jeu our routine but also the mystery Golf : Les secrets de l'entrainement of that routine's persistencethis is a good start to the collection it sets up many Etiquette de golf, l'essentiel: Guide pratique pour un bon comportement au golf of the themes that will recur throughout the book hopeless yearning feelings acknowledged too late damaged individuals heartbreaking childhood stories desultory drinking convenient sex dubious romantic gestures unexpected tenderness and the gutpunch Savoir Perdre au Golf: pour savoir gagner of We all have things we won't let go Petit Larousse du Golf ofthis is Tiger Woods one MEURTRE AU DIX-HUITIEME TROU (Les enquêtes de l'inspecteur Sweeney t. 1) of those stories that just ends and i'm sure that the last sentence is meant to have an emotional resonance but it was a little too Golf Putting on the nose for me i freuently have mixed feelings about the way short stories end though so don't listen to me i'm just a crankBaitthis is Golf : 10 Astuces de Pros pour un Mental Plus Fort one L'art du Putting of the Manuel du golf ones that had characters whose adventures i wanted to read LE SWING INTEMPOREL of this story echoes the sentiments La Passion du golf: Psychologie du gagneur of the last Golf, anatomie et mouvements : Un guide de coaching pour améliorer votre posture et votre jeu one about the tenacity Golf, anatomie et mouvements : Un guide de coaching pour améliorer votre posture et votre jeu one about the tenacity Golf of holding 120 Pages Blanches on to things well past their expiration date it is told from the perspective Format A5 5,5" X 8,5"#AUTHOR#Les Carnets Sportifs…#END# of harmless teddy following in the wake Les cléfs de votre swing: Maîtrisez vos trajectoires of lovelorn pool shark matteen as he pursues a woman with whom he had a brief relationship a woman well Tiger Woods, la vie sécrète out Le Golf : (on learning golf) of his league They went Le Golf pour les enfants out Jouer au golf intelligemment: Bases stratégiques et tactiques - 60 fiches pratiques (ARTICLES SANS C) on a few dates thereafter Matteen with his hand gripped about Sarah's wrist his eyes brimming with the terror tinged delight Le golf, 365 parcours dans le monde of a man who has gotten exactly what he wants Nobody knew what to say to them Unanimously flummoxed were we Mattheen's pack and envious Matteen did not know what to say to Sarah either and she characteristically said almost nothing Soon enough to Le Golf our relief it ended Sarah euthanised it proffered no explanation Matteen crushed did not pursue Golf, le jeu intérieur one Its demise was built into the thing's inception was the way he considered it at first; good things do not last blah blahThat was a year ago And Matteen was fine for a bit clinging to this stoic philosophical read but the loss was hitting him constitutionally nowi really enjoyed this story up until the end see what a crank i am? the end just felt Golf - 110 Exercices et Conseils de Pro off somehow with its THE BIG MISS odd almost supernatural tone it's not Golf : améliorez votre score overtly supernatural nothing like that but there's this witchysuccubus tone to it that left me a little befuddled and that's mostly why i wanted follow up i wanted to know what came next alasThe Moonthis Etiquette de golf, l'essentiel: Guide pratique pour un bon comportement au golf one was probably my favorite an utterly gorgeous bruised but stoic feel to it it was sad and Limitez les dégâts: Comment sauver des points sur le parcours avec des techniques scientifiquement étudiées et une... oddly romantic for a story containing the line 'I just pulled a wee length Pays Basque Terre de golf : Landes - Béarn of pussy Anatomie et 100 étirements essentiels pour le golf out Le grand livre du golf : L'histoire, la technique, les tournois, les champions et les règles of my gob'another story about a convenient physical relationship that unexpectedly snags the heart and won't let go despite how unrealistic it would be to continue 'You like this place don't you Val? You like everything about it' said Martina'That sounds like an accusation''Not at all Someone has to stay put hold down the fort''You're not going anywhere that far''Galway's not that far' said Martina 'but it might as well be the moon for people like you'oh martina you heartbreaker youStand Your Skinanother strong story this it did a really good job Les clefs de votre swing of highlighting that Les plus beaux golfs en bord de mer oppressive small town atmosphere where everyone has known everyone else since they were little kids and no Le Guide des Golfs de France 2017 one is given an Mémo Golf opportunity to hide from their past Coach perso - golf or become something unexpected; everything is socially preordained the weight Golf 2019 Calendrier of your past is inescapable and fuck you for trying poor poor bat drinking by himself Golf: mode d'emploi on his roof every night with his holden caulfield impulses to protect the young girls from the inevitable and his unfortunate visage Bat was never a good looking lad even before Tansey cracked his face in half he knows that His features are and always have been round and nubby irremediably homely exuding all the definition L'essentiel du Fitball of a bowl Comment changer de vie avec la Méthode SDG: Méditez et impactez votre vie pour obtenir le succés selon les 5 éléments de la Philosophie Chinoise of mashed up spuds His eyes at least are distinctive though not necessarily in a good way; they are thick lashed purplishly pupiled and primed glintingly wide They suggest urgent unseemly appeal You look constantly as if in want his Donner Vie à des Symboles - Exercices de Gymnastique old dear chided him all up through childhoodpoor bat whom everyone has written Gym santé : Tonus, minceur et souplesse (1DVD) off whose accident is the endpoint Étirement et renforcement musculaire - Santé - Forme - Préparation physique - 250 exercices of his development in the town lore and gossip he will never be than that anecdotethere are a couple Entrainement avec Swiss Ball : Santé, forme, préparation physique of stories in this collection that are single character POV until the very end when the perspective shifts to an unexpected character's sights this is Exercices pour une belle ligne one Courir léger: Light feet running. Le guide pour optimiser votre foulée (Mon coach remise en forme) of them and it's an effective shift Calm With Horsesthis Sissy Strong fitness body guide one you will recall is the long Entrainement Fonctionnel pour le Sportif one and despite it being so long i was enthusiastic enough with the characters and the story to wish for a book length version Musculation Fonctionnelle pour tous of it this La nouvelle méthode Fitnext one veers into grit lit territory with its criminal element La Méthode du Grand Écart: Guide Pour une Flexibilité Sûre: Exercices pour Reuissir le Grand Écart Sans Appareil d'Étirement (Livre en Français / Splits Method French Book) operating in the secluded backwoods culminating in scenes Nutrition de la force (COACH REM.FOR.) of explosive detailed violence it also had a fantastic moment Aequilibrium - Développer Son Sens de l'Équilibre of black comedy which meshed strikingly with a scene from boardwalk empiregreat story great ending this Manuel de Musculation au Poids du Corps & Haltère: Méthode complète de musculation à domicile pour homme & femme qui nécéssite un minimum de matériel one makes me want to read a novel by barrett because he definitely maintains his stride throughout the longer space and it's a very successful satisfying piece L'antigymnastique of bleak ass writing Diamondsthis L'Assiette de la force 100 recettes spécial force. Prise de muscle, gain de force, perte de poids (COACH REM.FOR.) one didn't make me feel Mon Coach Musculation one way Mon cahier Cardio pilates or another it is the story from which the collection draws its name 'But you were there and I was there' she said 'In Etre en Forme...Arretons de nous mentir ! - Revenir a l'essentiel our young skins though we didn't know each Ultra performance (COACH REM.FOR.) other from Adam Strange to think Lettres à une jeune gymnaste of it' the irony Abdos sans risque of course being that the two characters in this conversation still don't know each Mon cahier HIIT other except in the false closeness Mon cahier Gainage of carnal relations it's short and sad but it didn't resonate much with me i can see it being a favorite for a different reader but there are Callisthénie - La musculation globale other stories i preferredKindly Forget My Existencethis Le Pilates : La véritable encyclopédie de la méthode Pilates one i can see being staged as a play somewhere the action all takes place in a bar with some flashbacks to the characters' shared past and the horrifying backstory Comment faire le poirier: Des exercices de base aux pompes en appui renversé of the bartender this is another GYM DOUCE EN POSITION ASSISE: 150 Exercices illustrés de photos one that uses the last scene POV handoff which leaves behind a good closing tone for the collection it's mournful and a little haunting and the character is left not knowing what happened to the men with whom he passed an afternoon the same way the reader is left not knowing the aftermath Mon cahier Body training of any Paléofit: Le cross training des sportifs d'endurance (Mon coach remise en forme) of the stories they have just read a pleasantly sustained Être en Forme et en Pleine Santé open ended feelingi would enthusiastically read by this guycome to my blog

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Orgettable characters whose psychological complexities and unspoken yearnings are rendered through silence humor and violenceWith power and originality akin to Wells Tower’s Everything Ravaged Everything Burned and Claire Vaye Watkins’ Battleborn these six short stories and one explosive novella occupy the ghostly melancholic spaces between boyhood and old age Told in Barrett’s vibrant distinctive prose Young Skins is an accomplished and irreverent debut from a brilliant new write A fabulous collection of stories just like with Welcome Thieves there's a grittiness and rawness to the stories that pulls you ineven if you didn't like the people or what they didMost of the stories were easy to get lost in even the ones I didn't like as much in their own wayOne story in particular Calm with Horses was good but it felt like a couple endings happened before the actual one happened A couple moments in that one seemed particularly tragic to me in different ways despite everything had me wanting to know what would happen nextWould recommend one of those books people should know about The Clancy Kid 4 stars It is Sunday The weekend that three day festival of attrition is done Sunday is the day of purgation and redress; of tenderised brain cases and seesawing stomachs and hollow pledges to never ever get that twisted again A day you are happy to see slip by before it ever really gets going Bait 35 stars And then laughter and I could not tell who had spoken and who was laughing and if it wasn't for the boot flat against my Adam's apple I would have begged go ahead girlsI would have begged you to do your worst The Moon 4 stars From their elevated niche the three watched as the last of the night's crowd slowly dispersed Girls huddled together rubbing their bare goosefleshed arms Boys stood alone with their chests out fists wadded into pockets glowering at the dark with thwarted bloodshot eyesOther boys and girls leant into one another tangling arms laughing conspicuously Stand Your Skin 4 stars The Honda is no power racer but watching the dimpled macadam hurtle away beneath the monocular glare of his headlight Bat feels he is moving too fast to exist; as he dips into and leans out of the crooks and curves of the road he becomes the crooks and curves A bristling silence hangs over the deep adjacent acres the pastures woodlands and hills sprawled out all around him Calm with Horses 35 stars Dympna Devers was twenty five a year older than Arm Dympna sold marijuana fat green ziplocked bags of the stuff all over town The town was small and Dympna held a monopoly on such business Fannigan was the eldest of the crew of five dealers currently in Dympna's employ Fannigan sold out of the industrial estate where he worked evenings as a production line stiff in the Allgen medical prosthetics plantThey were beyond the farmsteads now into reefs of bogland infested with gorse bushes Bony hard thorned and truculently thriving the gorse bushes' yellow blossoms were vivid against the grained black sheen of the sump waters the seamed bog fields The sky was clearing itself of clouds The day was on its afternoon wane already Diamonds 4 stars I left the city with my connections scorched and my prospects blown looking only for somewhere to batten down for the winter to come I left on a bright morning in August dozing fitfully as the train drifted through the purgatorial horizontals of the midlands heading west Kindly forget my existence 4 stars Eli's rinsed brogues sueaked on the Tavern's floorboards He transferred his overcoat from one arm to the other Limply piled and dripping it resembled the lustreless corpse of a drowned animal Eli heaped the coat on the stool adjacent to Doran's but remained standing himself Stade Rennais, épopée 2019: L'incroyable saison des Rouge et Noir originality akin to Wells Tower’s Everything Ravaged Everything Burned and Claire Vaye Watkins’ Battleborn these six short stories and Une histoire populaire du football one explosive novella La prépa physique football - 4 TRAINER , Une saison de travail intermittent occupy the ghostly melancholic spaces between boyhood and Une saison de préparation physique en football old age Told in Barrett’s vibrant distinctive prose Young Skins is an accomplished and irreverent debut from a brilliant new write A fabulous collection Les entraîneurs révolutionnaires du football of stories just like with Welcome Thieves there's a grittiness and rawness to the stories that pulls you ineven if you didn't like the people Pogba or what they didMost Le Scandale de la FIFA of the stories were easy to get lost in even the Mbappé ones I didn't like as much in their Football et politique : les liaisons dangereuses own wayOne story in particular Calm with Horses was good but it felt like a couple endings happened before the actual OGC Nice : La fabuleuse décennie 70' one happened A couple moments in that L'Odyssée du 10 one seemed particularly tragic to me in different ways despite everything had me wanting to know what would happen nextWould recommend Football - Guide de l'éducateur du jeune gardien de but U11-U13 one La mano negra - Ces forces obscures qui contrôlent le football mondial of those books people should know about The Clancy Kid 4 stars It is Sunday The weekend that three day festival Cristiano Ronaldo La biographie of attrition is done Sunday is the day Zidane of purgation and redress; Merci les Bleus !: L'épopée des champions du monde 2018 of tenderised brain cases and seesawing stomachs and hollow pledges to never ever get that twisted again A day you are happy to see slip by before it ever really gets going Bait 35 stars And then laughter and I could not tell who had spoken and who was laughing and if it wasn't for the boot flat against my Adam's apple I would have begged go ahead girlsI would have begged you to do your worst The Moon 4 stars From their elevated niche the three watched as the last Supporter - Un an d'immersion dans les stades de football français of the night's crowd slowly dispersed Girls huddled together rubbing their bare goosefleshed arms Boys stood alone with their chests Football - L'entraînement des jeunes U10 (F) à U15 (F) en 72 séances out fists wadded into pockets glowering at the dark with thwarted bloodshot eyesOther boys and girls leant into Football pour les Seniors - une Saison d'Entrainement one another tangling arms laughing conspicuously Stand Your Skin 4 stars The Honda is no power racer but watching the dimpled macadam hurtle away beneath the monocular glare Enfin libre ! Itinéraire d'un arbitre intraitable of his headlight Bat feels he is moving too fast to exist; as he dips into and leans Le leader tranquille L'homme qui murmure à l'oreille des stars out La Pyramide inversée of the crooks and curves Derrière le sourire of the road he becomes the crooks and curves A bristling silence hangs Big Data Foot: Comment les datas révolutionnent le football over the deep adjacent acres the pastures woodlands and hills sprawled Griezmann : Les 7 vies de Grizi out all around him Calm with Horses 35 stars Dympna Devers was twenty five a year Onze mondial : L'incroyable épopée des Bleus older than Arm Dympna sold marijuana fat green ziplocked bags L'explication Clash Football Club of the stuff all Une histoire populaire du PSG - 1970-2020 : 50 ansde passion over town The town was small and Dympna held a monopoly Les 50 stars du foot: Sélection 2019 on such business Fannigan was the eldest Football le mental en action of the crew 100 % Bleus of five dealers currently in Dympna's employ Fannigan sold PSG - Révélations d'une révolution out Jeremie Janot : Sans filet of the industrial estate where he worked evenings as a production line stiff in the Allgen medical prosthetics plantThey were beyond the farmsteads now into reefs Les Parrains du foot of bogland infested with gorse bushes Bony hard thorned and truculently thriving the gorse bushes' yellow blossoms were vivid against the grained black sheen Ancelotti, mes secrets d'entraineur of the sump waters the seamed bog fields The sky was clearing itself Une saison pour les U13 of clouds The day was Sir Alex Fergusson - Leading: Manager pour gagner on its afternoon wane already Diamonds 4 stars I left the city with my connections scorched and my prospects blown looking On l'appelle Peppone. Après la taule, la rédemption par le sport only for somewhere to batten down for the winter to come I left Comment regarder un match de foot ? (Hors collection) on a bright morning in August dozing fitfully as the train drifted through the purgatorial horizontals Un 13eme mois grâce aux Paris Sportifs: 4 méthodes rentable of the midlands heading west Kindly forget my existence 4 stars Eli's rinsed brogues sueaked Du jeu et des pains on the Tavern's floorboards He transferred his Pelé ma vie de footballeur overcoat from Le livre officiel de la Coupe du monde de football féminine 2019 one arm to the Racaille Football Club other Limply piled and dripping it resembled the lustreless corpse Ma vie pour une étoile of a drowned animal Eli heaped the coat Les Verts on the stool adjacent to Doran's but remained standing himself

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Ve hard and wear the scars Amongst them there’s jilted Jimmy whose best friend Tug is the terror of the town and Jimmy’s sole company in his search for the missing Clancy kid; Bat a lovesick soul with a face like “a bowl of mashed up spuds” even before Nubbin Tansey’s boot kicked it in; and Arm a young and desperate criminal whose destiny is shaped when he and his partner Dympna fail to carry out a job In each story a local voice delineates the grittiness of Irish society; unf In the vein of authors like Donal Ryan and Lisa McInerney Colin Barrett has a gift for conjuring uiet scenes from small town Irish life that bristle with a kind of dormant tension Young Skins is a collection of seven short stories that all take place in the same town and often the same pub with a few overlapping characters but which mostly stand on their own Each story focuses on a male protagonist usually young all in some way navigating working class life post Ireland's financial collapse It's very rare that I give a short story collection 5 stars; it's to be expected that in a collection like this certain stories are going to shine and certain others are going to fade into the background Though I loved Barrett's prose throughout this collection really wasn't an exception to the rule there are stories I loved and stories I found to be rather forgettable though thankfully none I outright dislikedThe Clancy Kid was a strong opening introducing us to the gritty bleak backdrop of young love turned to heartbreak that characterizes so many of these stories as well as the kind of violence that permeates male youth culture Bait is a tricky one; I'd been loving it up until the very end where it takes an incongruously supernatural? turn that I still haven't fully made sense of If you've read this story please tell me your thoughts on the endingThe Moon didn't leave much of an impression on me though this is where Barrett states a lot of the collection's thematic conceits rather plainly which makes it a solid addition a young flighty woman says to our protagonist at one point Galway's not that far but it might as well be the moon for people like you And I thought Stand Your Skin was maybe too thematically similar to The Moon though Stand Your Skin is the one I preferredCalm With Horses the collection's magnum opus is of a novella than a short story nearing 100 pages In my opinion this story stands head and shoulders above the rest and it's not just because of its length I think this is where Barrett is able to really stretch his legs and show us what he's capable of Various characters and subplots weave in an out of this one and all dovetail in a satisfying heart rending conclusion I really hope Barrett has a novel in the worksDiamonds I think is solidly the weakest story that doesn't offer much that we can't already find elsewhere And Kindly Forget My Existence is a fitting ending where Barrett eschews his young protagonists in favor of two middle aged men who sit down at a pub and discuss their own youth So as with most short story collections a mixed bag but it's worth the price of admission for the stunningly tragic Calm With Horses alone and the rest of the stories mostly hold their own as well Dismal and hopeless as this collection is on the whole there's an assured beauty to Barrett's prose that I found very striking especially for a debut and I can't wait to see what he does next