Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Exchange Place” as Want to Read:
Exchange Place
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Exchange Place

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
'He took out his watch and looked at it. He rested for one minute as timed on his watch. He opened the briefcase and took out a passport and a pair of spectacles. He put the spectacles on and looked at the passport, and realised he was the man in the picture.A gunshot rang out: Part thriller, part spy novel, Exchange Place is set between Belfast and Paris and tracks the ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 2012 by Blackstaff (first published September 14th 2012)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Exchange Place, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Exchange Place

Community Reviews

(showing 1-49)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Brian Wilson
Oct 20, 2012 Brian Wilson rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is by far my favorite novel by Ciaran Carson. It is simultaneously cohesive and non-cohesive, a dense puzzle of a book that wears its metaphors and parallels very much on its sleeve. As ever, Ciaran's prose is that of a poet, beautifully and uniquely crafted, endlessly fascinating and endlessly fascinated with itself. Ciaran's previous novels have tended to be less about plot and more about the unpacking of his character's psyche, relationships and internal monologue - and while there ...more
Nov 21, 2015 Alessandro rated it it was ok
Le storie complesse e intricate mi affascinano ma secondo il mio modesto parere, in questo racconto abbiamo a che fare con qualcosa di troppo "cervellotico".
I primi tre quarti di libro contengono esclusivamente descrizioni e citazioni, solo nelle ultime pagine si risolvono le vicende dei due protagonisti, e ciò mi pare squilibrato per un testo di poco più di duecento pagine.
C'è da dire però che le descrizioni e le citazioni storiche di cui sopra sono molto interessanti e piacevoli da leggere.
An eloquent book. This phrase embodies the theme "a fascination with memory, paranormal phenomena, surveillance, questions of identity and the bombing campaign conducted by the Provisional IRA in Belfast in the later decades of the twentieth century". Identities are constantly switching in this story which moves between Paris and Belfast.
Jul 26, 2015 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
Noted Belfast poet Ciaran Carson writes about John Kildare, a character obsessed with his clothes, whose identity has been fractured by Belfast bombings and perhaps also by musing about Walter Benjamin and other literary theorists. The 60-ish KIldare keeps seeing himself in other people named John as he wanders through Parisian arcades and the mystery is why Exchange Place (where personalities are exchanged?) is considered a literary mystery. Its structure is like a fugue in which thematically ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Niall rated it really liked it
Shelves: qub
Uni reading. The narrative mentions fugues a few times throughout, and that's basically wat this novel is. Wikipedia, which is better at explaining things than I am, calls the fugue "a contrapuntal compositional technique in two or more voices, built on a subject (theme) that is introduced at the beginning in imitation (repetition at different pitches) and recurs frequently in the course of the composition."
In this book, all of those elements are present. Two voices, leading parallel lives, recu
Danielle Brewster
May 02, 2015 Danielle Brewster rated it liked it
I only gave the book 3 stars as the author is very clever, scholarly and writes well. However this is such a hard read and refers too much to other works instead of focusing on this book. The author calls everyone John, which is a bit tedious. I guess ther@ e may be a point to this but still, its not obvious. And the blurb only really enters the story near the end. The rest of the book doesn't have a vast amount of storyline. Some good imagery though.
Jun 22, 2014 Gail added it
'A car-horn sounded ceremonially and my whole being shimmered with the knowledge that the atoms of my brain had been forged aeons ago in the stars, billions of atoms forming dense thickets of neurons and transmission cables endlessly communicating, more active often in sleep than in waking life.'
Pietro Del vecchio
May 21, 2014 Pietro Del vecchio rated it it was amazing
Esiste anche una edizione italiana!
Katharine rated it liked it
Apr 25, 2015
Damien Mclaughlin
Damien Mclaughlin rated it it was amazing
Dec 03, 2012
Josh McCullough
Josh McCullough rated it really liked it
Jan 30, 2016
Chiara rated it really liked it
Feb 25, 2014
Jon Kelly
Jon Kelly rated it it was amazing
Jan 04, 2016
Emmet Mclaughlin
Emmet Mclaughlin rated it it was amazing
Oct 21, 2014
Gerard Cappa
Gerard Cappa rated it it was amazing
Dec 27, 2012
Niamh Mccullagh
Niamh Mccullagh rated it liked it
Feb 13, 2013
Kelsey Ockert
Kelsey Ockert rated it it was amazing
Mar 08, 2015
Allan rated it really liked it
Nov 23, 2013
Claire rated it it was ok
Feb 20, 2014
Serena Rotunno
Serena Rotunno rated it liked it
Jul 01, 2014
Helen rated it it was ok
Jun 19, 2014
Debbie Lefkowitz
Debbie Lefkowitz rated it it was ok
Nov 10, 2012
Pablo Montero llano
Pablo Montero llano rated it liked it
Nov 28, 2015
Reuben rated it really liked it
Jan 14, 2016
Puri Marino
Puri Marino rated it it was ok
May 01, 2014
Caterina Scano
Jan 01, 2014 Caterina Scano rated it it was amazing
Lauren Coulter
Lauren Coulter marked it as to-read
Dec 17, 2012
Laura added it
Jan 02, 2013
Angelica Momus
Angelica Momus marked it as to-read
Jan 19, 2013
Hpnyknits marked it as to-read
Feb 16, 2013
Meg Tarquinio
Meg Tarquinio marked it as to-read
Jun 08, 2013
Danielle marked it as to-read
Sep 17, 2013
Joanne marked it as to-read
Oct 04, 2013
Phil added it
Nov 17, 2013
Tim O'Toole
Tim O'Toole marked it as to-read
Dec 30, 2013
Krishna marked it as to-read
May 21, 2014
Geoff marked it as to-read
Jul 04, 2014
Victoria Pavlov
Victoria Pavlov marked it as to-read
Jul 23, 2014
Brooke added it
Sep 13, 2014
Sergey Osipov
Sergey Osipov marked it as to-read
Sep 18, 2014
Thewalkinglexicon marked it as to-read
Nov 04, 2014
Matthew marked it as to-read
Dec 14, 2014
Damien marked it as to-read
Feb 05, 2015
Marta marked it as to-read
Mar 07, 2015
Terry Everett
Terry Everett marked it as to-read
Apr 13, 2015
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Ciaran Gerard Carson was born in 1948 in Belfast and educated at The Queen’s University, Belfast. He knows intimately not only the urban Belfast in which he was raised as a native Irish speaker, but also the traditions of rural Ireland. A traditional musician and a scholar of the Irish oral traditional, Carson was long the Traditional Arts Officer of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and is a ...more
More about Ciaran Carson...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »