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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
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.
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
Great book. Look later on The Hairy Dog Review to read a full review.

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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,
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