Long Time, No See
If reading Dermot Healy’s Long Time, No See had been a fishing trip, my net would have been very full and the variety of fish it contained would have been both exotic and comfortingly...more
It's been a while since I tried reading this (Only just figured out how to make an exclusive "stopped reading" shelf) so forgive me if I'm not entirely articulate. I would like to start by saying the book is written so so beautifully. I really wish I enjoyed it more, because the author writes so perfectly. That being said, I had issues with the characters. I felt like the things I cared about (the main character's back story/friendship with dead friend/work) weren't explored enough. The main sto...more
Long Time, No See is the literary equivalent of viewing a butterfly wing under a microscope and seeing how each of the individual scales has a beauty of its own, while still appreciating the exquisiteness of the whole. In this case, we have an examination of the minutiae of the daily life of an Irish teen in a close-knit, small community. While each day just seems to be one more of the same 'ol, same 'ol--working odd jobs around town, checking...more
That's the feeling I had after reading Long Time, No See. The quality of the writing was excellent throughout, and Dermot Healy spent 11 years writing this book, so I'm sure he had something important to say...more
As I read this book, I kep...more
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Debated on giving this book a three or a four....Lovely writing and I really did end up liking it, but about a quarter of the way through I was ready to put it do...more
The story, set in a coastal town in Ireland, revolves around the everyday life of a cast of characters. The protagonist is Philip Feeney, aka Mr. Psyche, a young man who survived a car accident that killed his friend. He spends most of time with his granduncle Joejoe and his friend Blackbird, both of whom are much older than Philip. There are many adventures that involve many people, some from the town and some who are just traveling through...more
Healy writes with a frankness that is not very common in novels, using abrupt dialogues and plain and simple words that make the story real -and not only real but natural, which is quite a challenge for writers to actually accomplish. Add to...more
Healy is a member of Aosdána and of its governing body, the Toscaireacht, and lives in County...more
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I dreamt that my Grandma had just died yesterday.
And she had died long before I was born.
He looked at me with astounded eyes, and felt his neck, and then he patted my knee. Aisy son, he said.
Why did I dream her?
Because you never met her. The dead you never met die a little bit every day in your head.”