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This Is the Way: A Novel

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From a startling new voice in Irish fiction, a mesmerizing tale of a young man on the run in Dublin

Anthony Sonaghan is hiding out in an old tenement house in Dublin: he fears he has 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 commun
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Faber & Faber (first published January 1st 2013)
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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 ...more
Mar 03, 2013 Juliette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Nick Phillips
Jan 28, 2016 Nick Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel fits into a tradition that, to me at least feels far more American than Irish though maybe its traveller characters have more in 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
Jul 15, 2015 Dermot rated it it was ok
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
Mar 21, 2013 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brian Howton
Feb 27, 2013 Brian Howton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Look later on The Hairy Dog Review to read a full review.

Here it is:
Anthony's is a new voice in literature; he is the son of a Sonaghan and a Gilleroo, a pair of families who's feud is so old that only fables remain of its origin. He has come to Dublin to keep a low profile, and lives in fear of meeting one of his hostile cousins. Joined by his uncle, Arthur, he looks back at the events that have brought his life to this lonely place.
Written in his speaking voice, Anthony tells his story of isolation and loss and unease. Although this could never have been a con
Emily Philbin
There were aspects of this book I really enjoyed -- very distinct voice, intriguing insights to the life of a traveler, seeing Dublin through such a character's eyes, the flashbacks and family history stories, and most of all the creation myth the mother tells of the Sonaghan and Gillaroo families (by far my favourite part). Overall, however, I had a difficult time truly getting into the story and when it was over I was a bit stuck as to exactly what I had just experienced,
Apr 26, 2015 Rick rated it it was ok
Sonaghans and Gillaroos are feuding Irish clans.
This creates good stories but some horribly bad plans.
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