Winterwood: A Novel
The San Francisco Chronicle declared him "one of the most brilliant writers to ever come out of Ireland," and Neil Jordan c ...more
The result? A worthwhile read bordering on borderline genius.
But don't take my word for it. Here are three negative reviews of the novel provided by extremely common folk expressly stolen from Amazon.com . I've culled the following, completely verbatim, mind you, simply because they make me smile.
A Poorly Written Novel
I felt that this book was very poorly written. There were too many questions left unanswered. The book ...more
The prose is great, but the story is almost incomprehensible at times. I found myself having to re-read paragraphs at several points just to figure out what the hell the author was saying. I think there was an interesting plot in there somewhere, but it was really hard to follow - was the protagonist going insane? Was he seeing ghosts? Was Ned his dad or uncle? Did he kill his ex-wife and daughter? Who knows! All I know is that there was a rambling book that o ...more
Another difficulty I had with the book was the maddening flashbacks. I realize that it was to put you inside the head of the narrator and his dive into insanity, But GEEZ! Having ADD it's hard enough to focus on getting through a book without the help of a narrator sliding into a flashback ...more
The structure reminded me a bit of a song. With new verses, but coming back again and again to a familiar chorus. I also thought about smoke, drifting on the breeze, you smell it and you know that something is burning, but you don't know what, or how much damage has occured.
Redmond Hatch is a narrator I will never forget. I was gripped by every word he ...more
McCabe (yes, his entry is very close in the dictionary to 'macabre') pitches another tale of madness along the lines of his, to my mind, much better novel The Butcher Boy. It has the same fractured and unreliable narration, blurring of reality and fantasy/delusion, violence and victimisation, as the earlier novel but with none of those novel's (admittedly b ...more
A very disturbing story from a very disturbed and unreliable narrator/s. Trying to peer between the lines and work out what was really going on is part of the point, but I read it maybe two and a half times, and I still wasn't sure quite what the relationship between Red and Ned was or how much of the life he was telling us about could actually have happened. And I wasn't entirely sure that the author was entirely sure either.
Compelling, but perhaps a little too mud ...more
This was a rough book. Super dark, nasty subject matter intensifying as the novel progresses, permeated all the way through with a hea ...more
Redmond Hatch returns to rural Ireland where he meets Pappie Strange, a musician with a string of stories, some of which just might be true. Pappie Strange has a secret, though, and people warn Redmond away from him. Years later, now married to Catherine and with a young daughter, Immy, Redmond learns that Pappie has raped an ...more
There is a man, Redmond Hatch, or, Dominic Tiernan? He travels to an Irish hillside town where he meets Ned Strange. Ned already knows Redmond. You see, Redmond apparently had been born in this town and then re-located to an orphanage after his mother's...more