[Epub] At Swim, Two Boys By Jamie O'Neill – Bassgrotto.co.uk



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  1. says:

    Is it Mr O Neill s thesis that a novel can become evenmemorable than a song In this lyrically dense and character driven novel, prose beautifully attempts to become lyric and vice versa the story s universal edge gives it a gravity that sresolute than even that of legend The dialogue at least in the beginning half of the tale is positively Shakespearean There is something so Madame Bovary, very much like Jude the Obscure about this coming of age drama Sentences often contain Is it Mr O Neill s thesis that a novel can become evenmemorable than a song In this lyrically dense and character driven novel, prose beautifully attempts to become lyric and vice versa the story s universal edge gives it a ...


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    I almost quit reading this book after the first few pages It wasn t anything about the story, it was the language I never expected it to be so Irish, and me, having never read anything by an Irish author before, was thoroughly confused for the first 20 pages at least And then my brain got used to the language, and I proceeded to read one of the most beautiful, tragic, devastating and honest books I ve ever read The reason this book ended up on my favorites shelf, and has lodged itself so fir I almost quit reading this book after the first few pages It wasn t anything about the story, it was...


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    Wow From first to last an amazing book Be sure to read the first edition later American editions omit a difficult prefatory section written in unrelentingly difficult Irish and from the perspective of a drunkard It s not for nothing that one reviewer called O Neill the love child of Oscar Wilde and James Joyce can you even imagine It s a love story multiple love stories, actually set on the eve of the Easter Rebellion and as heartbreaking as anything I ve ever read Promise yourself Wow From first to last an amazing book Be sure to read the first edition later American editions...


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    If Russia has Leo Tolstoy and Anna Karenina, Ireland has Jamie O Neill and At Swim, Two Boys. The milieu of Anna was Russia few decades before the Russian Revolution in 1917 that abolished the Tsarist autocracy and installed Soviet Union O Neill s milieu was that of Ireland during the 1916 Easter Rising whose aim was to end the British rule and establish the Irish Republic.The comparison does not end there If Tolstoy has Anna and Levin as characters to illustrate or witness the transformation If Russia has Leo Tolstoy and Anna Karenina, Ireland has Jamie O Neill and At Swim, Two Boys. The milieu of Anna was Russia few decades before the Russian Revolution in 1917 that abolished the Tsarist autocracy and installed Soviet Union O Neill s milieu was that of Ireland during the 1916 Easter Rising whose aim was to end the British rule and establish the Irish Republic.The comparison does not end there If Tolstoy has Anna and Levin as characters to illustrate or witness the tra...


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    An astonishing book, big and flawed and driven and filled with love and anger I can t recommend it too highly Other reviewers here have mentioned that it takes some getting into, but only if you don t let the ear do part of the work of reading Listen to what O Neill is doing with the language, the music of it certainly, but also the exactitude, the sense it creates of a world that is both our own and not our own Fabulous And of course it examines the ways in which gay sexuality identity is An astonishing book,...


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    Love is love is love. This is a coming of age story This is a period story, a history of Ireland leading up to the Easter Rising This is a story about class, religion, and prejudice This is a story about gay men This is a love story on many levels.O Neill gives us a story centered around two young men, one seemingly naive and sweet, the other street smart, made to grow up quickly pal of each others hearts they are These boys are dynamic and lovable, but for me it is the complexity of t Love is love is love. This is a coming of age story This is a period story, a history of Ireland leading up to the Easter Rising This is a story about class, religion, and prejudice This is a story about gay men This is a love story on many levels.O Neill gives us a story centered around two young men, one seemingly naive and sweet, the other street smart, made to grow up quickly pal of each others he...


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    Shortly after I reviewed Gay Male Fiction Since Stonewall, I received a note from author Les Brookes suggesting I read At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O Neill Scribner, 2002 I took him at his word, and I am ever so happy that I did This is an epic tale 576 pages that has been compared to such heavyweights as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Flann O Brien, and arguably so.The setting is the village of Glasthule, near Dublin, Ireland, in the year 1915 Glasthul...


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    This book is the Wuthering Heights of gay themed fiction Among the tragically sparse population of novels about same sex relationships that aren t relegated to the Gay Fiction section but are allowed to rub shoulders with the rest of the mainstream and literary fiction, O Neill s book stands as a monolith among lesser pretenders.I won t lie to you, it s not the easiest read ever The Irish patois is very thick and at first it s slow going, but within about twenty pages I had gotten the rhythm This book is the Wuthering Heights of gay themed fiction Among the tragically sparse population of novels about same sex relationships that aren t relegated to the Gay Fiction section but are allowed to rub shoulders with the rest of the mainstream and literary fiction, O Neill s book stands as a monolith among lesser pretenders.I won t lie to you, it s not the easiest read ever The Irish patois is very thick and at first it s slow going, but within about twenty pages I had gotten the rhythm of O Neill s dialect, and it started to make sense More than that, it began to have a quality that drew me in, an element of storytelling that enriched the vividness of the working class setting and served to beautifully illustrate the world in which these two boys lived.The relationship itself isn t candy coated It s harsh and rough and passionate and often impossible It s very real in a visceral, gut twisting way ...


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    I found this book to be so beautifully written It is a very moving, dense yet quiet, tender coming of age story of youth and friendship and love I didn t find it to be pretentious, or contrite, or over the top, nor was it bogged down by the silly, cliche plot devices that so many modern writers are using, i.e sex, melodrama, unneccessary angst, gay for you, menage, cheatingetc I find these devices to be unimaginative, insulting, and lazy, and they simply turn me off A good story can s I found this book to be so beautifully written It is a very moving, dense yet quiet, tender coming of age story of youth and friendship and love I didn t find it to be pretentious, or contrite, or over the top, nor was it bogged down by the silly...


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    This very Irish novel by Jamie O Neill was a sometimes frustrating, but ultimately wonderful book to read The combination of a luscious prose style and interesting love story combined to provide for an enjoyable experience for this reader The main characters came alive over the course of this long novel However, both the difficulties I had with the dialect and confusion over the events not being that expert in Irish history of the World War I era detracted from my overall enjoyment At the This very Irish novel by Jamie O Neill was a sometimes frustrating, but ultimately wonderful book to read The combination of a luscious prose style and interesting love story combined to provide for an enjoyabl...


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At Swim, Two Boys Set In Dublin, At Swim, Two Boys Follows The Year To Easter 1916, The Time Of Ireland S Brave But Fractured Uprising Against British Rule O Neill Tells The Story Of The Love Of Two Boys Jim, A Naive And Reticent Scholar And The Younger Son Of The Foolish Aspiring Shopkeeper Mr Mack, And Doyler, The Dark, Rough Diamond Son Of Mr Mack S Old Army Pal Doyler Might Once Have Made A Scholar Like Jim, Might Once Have Had Prospects Like Jim, But His Folks Sent Him To Work, And Now, Schoolboy No , He Hauls The Parish Midden Cart, With Socialism And Revolution And Willful Blasphemy Stuffed Under His Cap And Yet The Future Is Rosy, Jim S Father Is Sure His Elder Son Is Away Fighting The Hun For God And The British Army, And He Has Such Plans For Jim And Their Corner Shop Empire But Mr Mack Cannot See That The Landscape Is Changing, Nor Does He Realize The Depth Of Jim S Burgeoning Friendship With Doyler Out At The Forty Foot, That Great Jut Of Rock Where Gentlemen Bathe In The Scandalous Nude, The Two Boys Meet Day After Day There They Make A Pact Doyler Will Teach Jim To Swim, And In A Year, Easter 1916, They Will Swim The Bay To The Distant Beacon Of Muglins Rock And Claim That Island For Themselves.Ten Years In The Writing, At Swim, Two Boys Has Already Caused A Sensation In England And Ireland, Earning Lavish Praise For Its Masterful Portrayal Of Class, Tradition, And The Conflict That Has Haunted Ireland For Centuries Jamie O Neill S Poetic And Evocative Storytelling Makes Him A Natural Successor To James Joyce And Flann O Brien.At Its Heart, At Swim, Two Boys Is A Tender And Tragic Love Story That Will Resonate With All Readers But It Is Also Acompelling And Important Work, A Novel About People Caught Up In The Tide Of History Set In A Place And Culture Both Unfamiliar And Unforgettable.