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  1. Tuck Tuck says:

    set in 21st century dublin, but told through a young man hiding from his irish traveler family, they want to kill him and should so nice juxtaposition of tribal rules and customs and modern life told in a clumsy, half literate style though this comes and goes, from elemental buh buh buh, to relating about many of ireland s literary greats to evoke the outsider, traveler mindset if you are at all interested in ireland, irish literary history, and outsiders, a great novel though i would set in 21st century dublin, but told through a young man hiding from his irish traveler family, they want to kill him and should so nice juxtaposition of tribal rules and customs and modern life told in a clumsy, half literate style though this comes and goes, from elemental buh buh buh, to relating about many of ireland s literary greats to evoke the outsider, traveler mindset if you are at all interested in ireland, irish literary history, and outsiders, a great novel though i would say ross raisin does it better Waterline A Novel a great debut in usa anyway, really his 2nd, but who s counting by the way, i read another novel recently about irish travelers , it was a crime noir by adrian mckinty and though sort of convenient that main character was a traveler and found his people to hide out in an out of the way corner on the coast, it was interesting to see inside outsiders mindset Falling Glass


  2. Juliette Juliette says:

    If I could give it a 3.5 I would such clamorous praise on the back cover from the likes of John Burnside, Emma Donoghue, Colum McCann didn t quite live up to the hype Liked the structuring device that slowly revealed plot, char motivations etc but was in danger at times of looking like a story the debutante didn t quite know how to fit together That said, great voice, definitely worth a read.


  3. Bobo Bobo says:

    The first book i read like i was listening to a narrator.


  4. Barbara Barbara says:

    In the end, this book came together The story is about two feuding Traveler families At times, I got lost as to who was narrating Most of the actions takes place in and around Dublin, and seems to be in current times The writing style included sentences with pronouns, nouns and other important words missing This seems to be part of this writer s style He seems to be trying to find a style and a voice, and I m not sure he achieves either.


  5. Jackie Jackie says:

    A strange book, written in the voice of an Irish Traveller Takes a while to get into the flow of the language and theme as the Narrator, Anthony Sonaghan is fairly illiterate, but well worth pursuing.


  6. Natasha C Natasha C says:

    I really enjoyed this one It feels like a version of Catcher in the Rye taking place in Dublin Anthony is depressed and not doing much of anything as he hides out in the city At first he seems reticent to tell any of his story, even to the reader, just as he barely talks to anyone The style is what makes the read unique others here have called it semi literate it sounds conversational As his uncle arrives and Anthony is forced to reminisce on the past, the chapters begin alternating b I really enjoyed this one It feels like a version of Catcher in the Rye taking place in Dublin Anthony is depressed and not doing much of anything as he hides out in the city At first he seems reticent to tell any of his story, even to the reader, just as he barely talks to anyone The style is what makes the read unique others here have called it semi literate it sounds conversational As his uncle arrives and Anthony is forced to reminisce on the past, the chapters begin alternating between past and present I like that his doesn t start up until later in the book, making it purposeful There is some nice symbolism, like in how the uncle has his toe sewed on his hand as a missing finger, that fit into the mythology wound into the family feud Despite being throughof an outsider perspective, there might be some allegory of Ireland in the so called origin story of the family feud, perhaps involving Catholics and Protestants constantly in conflict, but I am not really immersed enough in Irish culture to say for sure


  7. Niamh Anne King Niamh Anne King says:

    I was intrigued by this book after picking it up as a Blind Date With a Book from Elizabeth s Bookshop in Newtown, Sydney It sounded very promising After ten pages I wasn t feeling it but, I pushed on At 35 pages I thought it was finally going somewhere Nope By 100 pages, I gave up There s an interesting concept that I feel could have been better developed that could have made it as gripping as John Steinbeck s East of Eden It had the essence, yet, it lacked the substance The langua I was intrigued by this book after picking it up as a Blind Date With a Book from Elizabeth s Bookshop in Newtown, Sydney It sounded very promising After ten pages I wasn t feeling it but, I pushed on At 35 pages I thought it was finally going somewhere Nope By 100 pages, I gave up There s an interesting concept that I feel could have been better developed that could have made it as gripping as John Steinbeck s East of Eden It had the essence, yet, it lacked the substance The language and style was beautifully lyrical but, the book lacked composition


  8. Izzy Izzy says:

    not a fan of this onesorry the whole feuding family element was the only thing I found interesting the rest was kinda all over the place in my opinion


  9. Nick Phillips Nick Phillips says:

    This novel fits into a tradition that, to me at least feels farAmerican than Irish though maybe its traveller characters havein common with those from the American west than they do with their Irish compatriots Tonally and in parts stylistically this reminds me of Shepherd, Albee and most of all Cormac McCarthy in this it has a truly mythic quality to it and a language that is as key a character as any in the novel.To some extent it is a bit style over substance as not an awful lot This novel fits into a tradition that, to me at least feels farAmerican than Irish though maybe its traveller characters havein common with those from the American west than they do with their Irish compatriots Tonally and in parts stylistically this reminds me of Shepherd, Albee and most of all Cormac McCarthy in this it has a truly mythic quality to it and a language that is as key a character as any in the novel.To some extent it is a bit style over substance as not an awful lot happens and as the end approaches one starts to feel that it needs a further 100 pages or so in order to really do its characters justice but that aside if it is style over substance then the style is totally worth it The whole 230 pages run basically as a monologue and while it reads as narration it would work equally well on stage performed as just that with the entirety of the text being written in Anthony Monaghan s voice For the first 20 pages or so this can grate a little but once one finds the rhythm of his language it becomes as poetic as a novel can be.A further 20 pages into the text and one really starts to care about the characters, as alien as their world, language and experiences might be which is a great testament to the way in which Corbett makes them three dimensional individuals and avoids any hint of stereotyping and remains sufficiently distant from the works of other Irish writers to be fresh Ultimately this isBorder Trilogy than Barrytown Trilogy.Definitely worth a read


  10. Dermot Dermot says:

    Hard going, but finally finished Two major problems with this The first is that the whole thing is written in the internal voice of the narrator, Anthony, an Irish Traveller So it s 230 pages of Them were the days them weeks with Arthur in that room that house I would think well of him and there were days I was angry the trials could have come down on me Interesting for a few pages, but wearying over the long haul having to read sentences twice The second problem is that it s basically pl Hard going, but finally finished Two major problems with this The first is that the whole thing is written in the internal voice of the narrator, Anthony, an Irish Traveller So it s 230 pages of Them were the days them weeks with Arthur in that room that house I would think well of him and there were days I was angry the trials could have come down on me Interesting for a few pages, but wearying over the long haul having to read sentences twice The second problem is that it s basically plotless Anthony is introduced, his uncle joins him, they don t do much, they meet some people, there s some remembering the past It s all exposition and no development and feels like something that emerged during the writing rather than a plot Some humour might have lightened it, but the tone throughout is dour


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This Is the Way ➿ [Download] ➽ This Is the Way By Gavin Corbett ➵ – Thomashillier.co.uk A mesmerizing tale of a young man on the run in Dublin, from a startling new voice in Irish fictionAnthony Sonaghan is hiding out in an old tenement house in Dublin He fears he s reignited an ancient A mesmerizing tale of a young man on the run in Dublin, from a startling new voice in Irish fictionAnthony Sonaghan is hiding out in an old tenement house in Dublin He fears he This Is PDF or s reignited an ancient feud between the two halves of his family twenty first century Dublin may have shopping malls and foreign exchange students, but Anthony is from an Irish Travelling community, where blood ties are bound deeply to the pastWhen his roguish uncle Arthur shows up on his doorstep with a missing toe, delirious and apparently on the run, history and its troubles are following close behind him and Anthony will soon have to face the question of who he really isIn prose of exceptional vividness, Gavin Corbett brings us a narrator with the power to build a new, previously unimagined world His language, shot through with dreams and myths, summons a vision of Ireland in which a premodern spirit has somehow survived into contemporary life, brooding and overlooked Funny, terrible, unsettling, fiercely unsentimental, This Is the Way is haunted by some of Ireland s greatest writers even as it breaks new ground and asks afresh why the imagination is so necessary to survival.