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Prophet Song (2023)

por Paul Lynch

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"On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find two officers from Ireland's newly formed secret police on her step. They have arrived to interrogate her husband, a trade unionist. Ireland is falling apart, caught in the grip of a government turning toward tyranny. As the life she knows and the ones she loves disappear before her eyes, Eilish must contend with the dystopian logic of her new, unraveling country. How far will she go to save her family? And what-or who-is she willing to leave behind? Exhilarating, terrifying, and surprisingly intimate, Prophet Song offers a shocking vision of a country at war and a deeply human portrait of a mother's fight to hold her family together"--… (mais)
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    The Narrow Road to the Deep North por Richard Flanagan (kjuliff)
    kjuliff: Both extremely well written novels on the effects of war on civilians or POWs.
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What a book with which to begin my reading year. I found it disturbing, terrifying, and impossible to put down. It's set in Ireland in the near future, after a fascist government has been elected to power. The narrative is seen through the eyes of Eilish, biochemist, married to Larry, teacher and senior trade unionist, mother of four children aged one to sixteen, and daughter of Simon, who lives nearby in the early stages of dementia. Larry disappears after a demonstration, as the government tightens its grip on everyday life - boys of 17 will be called up for national service for instance, notwithstanding that they might have, like Eilish's son, designs on university and a future career. As daily life becomes daily more difficult, her elder sister living in Canada tries time and again to persuade her to leave with her family, before it's too late, and offers her the help to do so. Always she refuses. She can't leave Larry, she can't leave Simon... and so on. The prose becomes, like the family's life, increasingly claustrophobic. Long breathless paragraphs, light on punctuation drive the story on as Eilish's decision making and relationship with her children becomes increasingly erratic, as the government increases its stranglehold on everyday life, as violence and the impossibility of everyday living increases. This story brought the reality of life in Syria, in Ukraine, in Palestine frighteningly into focus. The final pages should be required reading for the anti-immigration lobby. A deeply uncomfortable read. ( )
  Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
Harrowing. What happens when fascists take over a western, democratic country (Ireland) and wreck chaos, fear and death. ( )
  ghefferon | Apr 12, 2024 |
Bleak, believable and therefore disturbing. ( )
  Mercef | Mar 30, 2024 |
A very interesting commentary on modern life, Afghan or Syrian refugees might seem foreign and other worldly; what about if they were Irish? ( )
  hhornblower | Mar 17, 2024 |
This was intense and harrowing and I kept yelling at Eilish over her inaction and unwillingness to see what was happening. The ending is a cliffhanger that resolves nothing, but that also makes it perfect. ( )
  wellred2 | Mar 15, 2024 |
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With his winding, dread-filled sentences and without paragraph breaks, Lynch plunges readers into this nightmare and scarcely provides any space to breathe....At times, the novel's relentless bleakness made it almost unbearable to read. And yet its plausibility kept me from looking away....The lesson for readers is not necessarily to wake up to signs of totalitarianism knocking at our doors, but to empathize with those for whom it has already called.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarNPR, Kristen Martin (Dec 11, 2023)
 
Lynch stays deliberately vague, partly so that the story can serve as a more general allegory, but there’s a cost to the allegory, too. Without an emergency, without any kind of immediate history, it’s hard to understand what the nationalists are fighting for ... This is not a funny book; it’s fairly relentless, even before things go haywire. I wouldn’t have minded a little more acceptable, less intense life ... Lynch’s decision to leave the political context blank starts to pay off. What’s happening to Eilish opens out into a much larger and older story of displacement, as she struggles to find a passage with whatever family she has left into something like civilization.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarNew York Times, Benjamin Markovits (sítio Web pago) (Dec 1, 2023)
 
His story about the modern-day ascent of fascism is so contaminated with plausibility that it’s impossible not to feel poisoned by swelling panic ... Eilish is a carefully-drawn portrait of affection and grit ... [A] relentless novel. It’s written in the grammar of dread. The sentences cascade from one to the next without so much as a moment’s breath. And with no paragraph breaks to cling to, every page feels as slippery as the damp walls of a torture chamber. I have not read such a disturbing novel since Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, which won the Booker Prize almost 10 years ago.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarThe Washington Post, Ron Charles (sítio Web pago) (Nov 27, 2023)
 
Irish writer Lynch conveys the creeping horror of a fascist catastrophe in a gorgeous and relentless stream of consciousness illuminating the terrible vulnerability of our loved ones, our daily lives, and social coherence. Eilish muses over the fragility of the body, its rhythms and flows, diseases and defenses. The body politic is just as assailable. A Booker Prize finalist, Lynch's hypnotic and crushing novel tracks the malignant decimation of an open society, a bleak and tragic process we enact and suffer from over and over again.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarBooklist, Donna Seaman (Nov 1, 2023)
 
I don’t know when I last read a book that left me as shaken and disturbed as Paul Lynch’s fifth novel. It is a tremendous achievement, telling a dark story of a society’s descent into war that resonates far beyond Ireland....This is one of the most important novels of 2023....Paul Lynch is a fearless writer — unafraid of taking on large themes and tackling them face to face. The story recounts a mother’s experience of life in suburban Dublin, as it is transformed by a tyrannical government into a war zone. While it is Irish in detail, its events recall those seen nightly on the news....Prophet Song is an extraordinary achievement, totally realistic, demonstrating the power of fiction to enhance our empathy for those elsewhere, living through horrors beyond our everyday experience., witnessed only on the TV screen.
 

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"On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find two officers from Ireland's newly formed secret police on her step. They have arrived to interrogate her husband, a trade unionist. Ireland is falling apart, caught in the grip of a government turning toward tyranny. As the life she knows and the ones she loves disappear before her eyes, Eilish must contend with the dystopian logic of her new, unraveling country. How far will she go to save her family? And what-or who-is she willing to leave behind? Exhilarating, terrifying, and surprisingly intimate, Prophet Song offers a shocking vision of a country at war and a deeply human portrait of a mother's fight to hold her family together"--

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