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Kevin Barry (1) (1969–)

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About the Author

Kevin Barry was born in 1969 in Ireland. He is the author of two collections of short stories and the novel City of Bohane. He started out as a frelance journalist writing a column for the Irish Examiner. He soon focused all of his time on writing. In 2007 he won the Rooney Prize for Irish mostrar mais Literature for his short story collection There are Little Kingdoms. In 2011 he released his debut novel City of Bohane, which was followed in 2012 by the short story collection Dark Lies the Island. Barry won the International Dublin Literary Award for his novel City of Bohane in 2013. He also won the Goldsmiths Prize 2015 with his title Beatlebone. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Kevin Barry

Night Boat to Tangier (2019) 710 exemplares
City of Bohane (2011) 515 exemplares
Beatlebone (2015) 307 exemplares
Dark Lies the Island (2012) 244 exemplares
There are Little Kingdoms (2007) 159 exemplares
That Old Country Music (2020) 127 exemplares
Town and Country: New Irish Short Stories (2013) — Editor — 33 exemplares
The Heart in Winter (2024) 22 exemplares
Winter Pages: Vol. 1 (2015) 6 exemplares
The Coast of Leitrim 3 exemplares
Winter Papers, Vol. 2 (2016) 2 exemplares
A Murderous Addiction (2012) 2 exemplares
A Cruelty 1 exemplar
Brainfreezer (2021) 1 exemplar
Doctor Sot 1 exemplar
Winter Papers Volume 9 (2023) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Best European Fiction 2011 (2010) — Contribuidor — 109 exemplares
Granta 135: New Irish Writing (2014) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
Sex and Death: Stories (2016) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (2019) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
New Irish Short Stories (2011) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories (2020) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Dublin trilogie (2019) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Shortlist (2013) (2012) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Beyond the Centre: Writers in Their Own Words (2016) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Lovers in a Dangerous Time
Review of the NetGalley eBook ARC downloaded June 7, 2024 of the Penguin Random House / Knopf Canada hardcover / eBook and the Random House Audio audiobook to be released July 9, 2024.

This was a propulsive western saga with two star-crossed lovers making a break for a new life out of the mining town of Butte, Montana in 1891. Tom Rourke is an Irish immigrant who could not cut it in the mines and now works as a photographer's assistant while doping and drinking in his spare time while writing ballads and the occasional letter for illiterate hopeful husbands in search of a mail-order bride. Into his life walks Polly Gillespie, the newly wed wife of mining captain Anthony Harrington and an infatuation soon follows which is returned when Polly is repulsed by her new husband's self-abasement rituals.

A plan of escape unfolds and soon the lovers are on the run with a stolen horse and the savings from a rooming house. But Harrington enlists a rather perverse posse of three Cornishmen to make pursuit. The lovers carelessly linger on their road to San Francisco when they come upon an idyllic abandoned cabin, allowing the posse to close in. Tom is beaten and left for dead while Polly is abducted. Now Tom is the one in pursuit to attempt to save his new love or die trying.

This was one crazed adventure with a compulsive flow to the words, often written in a rough frontier language in a mix of old world balladry and new world slang. It was impossible to stop reading as the chapters unfolded with cliffhangers which then continued with the further suspense building through flashbacks and flashforwards. The mark of a true 5-star is when you simply have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next.

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A view of Butte, Montana in the late 19th century. Image sourced from the Times Literary Supplement.

I immediately thought of the Bruce Cockburn song "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" from the Stealing Fire (1984) album. A 2011 live performance of the song can be seen on YouTube here.

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There is no mention of it in the Acknowledgements but I have to imagine that the escaping lovers theme must have been at least partially inspired by the 10th century Irish mythology of the lovers Diarmuid and Gráinne which is also considered to be the basis for the later 12th century Tristan and Isolde story.
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alanteder | 2 outras críticas | Jun 17, 2024 |
Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for an ARC of this novel.

A quick summary of what this novel is about barely touches the surface. It is ostensibly the story of an Irish immigrant to the United States, come by ship to Butte, Montana, in 1891 with thousands of his fellows from a starved-out country. Also like thousands of other Irish, the promised land does not show him much promise. Most scratch out a living in the area copper mines. Recreation consists of binge drinking and fighting. Life is brutish.

Tom Rourke seems to rush headlong into the troubles that await him: poverty, alcohol, drugs, skimpy wages blown on prostitutes, opiates and card games. Often numbed by his favoured substances, he stumbles toward survival by using his skill with a pen to write matchmaking letters for other lonely and desperate men. He has no particular dream in that regard. Until he meets Polly Gillespie, the new mail-order bride of a local mine owner, leagues above him in status and wealth. They know immediately. They rob a boarding house safe and flee to San Francisco on a stolen horse, pursued by three hired hit men to avenge the duped husband.

In its bare outlines, then, this is a familiar story. New land, new life, new love, impediments to happiness, lawlessness, danger, and high stakes everywhere. But this story becomes something different in the hands of Kevin Barry, who is no ordinary writer. His earlier publications have received international acclaim and prestigious writing awards in his native Ireland. His last novel (2019) made the coveted Booker Prize shortlist. It can be expected that his style is also in no way ordinary. He captures the fine details of historical fiction, especially as seen through the eyes of an outsider, but the language here is more poetic than novelistic. There are turns of phrase, images and modes of speech, and humour both subtle and outrageous, so striking that you will want to write them immediately down to savour. Most important, for all its Wild West setting, and its boy-girl romance, this novel bursts through the usual confines of the immigration story and the frontier love story that it might, at first, appear to be. It becomes something of a meditation on the price of love, and the meaning of survival, and the relationship between what is beautiful and what is not.
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CynCom | 2 outras críticas | Jun 8, 2024 |
A story about the Irish in nineteenth century Western America, which reminds me slightly of Sebastian Barry’s Days without End. We are introduced to two characters:
• Tom Rourke, aged 29 in 1891. He writes songs for the bars and letters for the lonesome. He is assistant to the photographer Lonegan Crane, a lunatic, of Leytonstone, East London, originally.
• Polly Gillespie, aged 31, comes out to Butte as a correspondence bride for a fifty year old mine supervisor, but only lasts a few weeks of marriage before she links up with Tom.
Realising there is no future for them in Butte, they elope, leaving vaguely for San Francisco.
There is pursuit and there are shenanigans, described in picaresque fashion. The language may occasionally be contrived, and once or twice meta, but it is melodious and worked well for me, in keeping with the style of the novel.
I’ve read Barry’s City of Bohane, and although that is noir set in a future Irish city, and this is set in a historical American west, there are similarities in the overall effect, which I enjoy.

I enjoyed that the night was a great silent stage. The story could turn in any direction yet.

I received a Netgalley copy of this book, but this review is my honest opinion.
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CarltonC | 2 outras críticas | May 15, 2024 |
I’m not sure that I would have read this book if I hadn’t already read and enjoyed several of Barry’s short story collections, so be prepared to give it a good go to get into its rhythm and language.

Bohane, a city in West coast Ireland, divided into four areas - Back Trace, Northside Rises (Norrie), Smoketown and New Town, with the Big Nothin’ as the rural beyond. Characters include:
• Logan Hartnett (aka the Albino, aka the Long Fella), from the Back Trace, the man of the moment in this mean city
• Gant Broderick, from the Big Nothin’, the gangster returning after twenty five years, whose heart has been hurt
• The Cusacks, from the Northside Rises, gunning for Hartnett
• Miss Jenni Ching, from Smoketown, playing the long game
Set in 2053-54, futuristic Irish noir - is that a thing? Barry makes it so.

It’s very seedy and very foul mouthed, with low down newsmen and middlemen moving the story forward through a year of changing allegiances. With language that sings in its newness but familiarity, and a future time that has degenerated from our own.
And it’s fun, with little conceits and jokes, such as Barry invoking the Norrie tower blocks in chapter 4: Got the MacNiece, the Kavanagh, the Heaney.

It’s just a good time story of the turning of the wheel, in the city Bohane.
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CarltonC | 26 outras críticas | Apr 16, 2024 |



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