Death of a Writer: A Novel
Meanwhile, his rival Allen Horowitz, has become quite successful in the literary world, and is visiting the campus while in the midst of a campaign for his most recent work. Once the two men were comrades who both showed promise, but at some point Peddleton has fallen short, and it has b...more
While the book dips into the work of academia, it doesn't offer any real insight. The characters are...more
It is not often that I want to read a book more than once. This is something of an exception because, on arriving at the end I felt a compulsion to return to the beginning in the belief that knowing the ending would make some of the events recounted in the early chapters easier to understand.
This is an extremely complex novel. A cold case murder investigation takes place alongside a sometimes highly satirical depicti...more
Irish author Michael Collins, whose Keepers of the Truth was a Booker Prize finalist in 2000, took great risks with this murder mystery, love story, academic satire, psychological study, and gritty police procedural__and they all paid off. Described as a "stunning tour de force" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), Death of a Writer brilliantly transcends diverse genres as it simultaneously juggles different plot threads. While the first part of the novel is smart and compelling, it really picks up spe...more
It's well written, with some beautifully evocative phrases popping up throughout, one doesn't have to grimace through a whole lot of Most Importantlys,,.
The only thing I can come up with is that it's hard to relate to a...more
Campus novels are not uncommon; novels about writers even less so. But Michael Collins has here produced an excellent novel, by incorporating a striking crime thriller theme into this self-consciously literary setting.
The title character is a literature professor at Bannockburn College, a once-famous writer whose punk-like attitude helped bring about a decline in his career to the point where a meeting with an old friend who is still a best-selling author dri...more
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There was one point when the tension created by the story was so high that I wished that two of the characters -- Adi Wiltshire and Henry Wright -- would break it by initiating a night of inappropriate torrid sex. It didn't happen. And although there were many memorable characters, as their characters were revealed as the story progressed keeping them re...more
Secrets, illusions and delusions: this is a novel that touches on each. Robert Pendleton, his hopes for a dazzling literary career are fading fast as is the security of his tenure at Bannockburn College. In his despair, Pendleton attempts suicide but fails when Adi Wiltshire, a student, intervenes. Ms Wiltshire discovers a novel hidden in Pendleton’s basement which includes a gruesome child murder with an apparent resemblance to a real unsol...more
The book begins with E. Robert Pendleton, a failure. He is a professor of English at small Bannockburn College. He does not like his job, or anything else about his lot in life. He has had occasional breakdowns, and this Homecoming w...more
Michael Collins was born in 1964. He was educated in Belfast, Dublin and Chicago. His short stories have been awarded the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune Award in Ireland and the Pushcart Prize in America.