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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Following a car crash, for several seconds, Dublin photographer Sean Blake is clinically dead. When he plummets back to life, it is into a world which, for him, has profoundly changed.
Unknown Binding, 312 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Viking Books
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Bob Kavanagh
This is a brilliantly written book. It was a pleasure to read. The story concerns a man Sean Blake who is an adopted child who after a car crash during which he dies for a few minutes is obsessed with discovering his origins and begins to track down his birth mother. She is also obsessed with the thought that she will meet her first born son and the narrative tracks her constant forlorn search for him.
It deals with the very deep emotions experienced by both and the effect that the search has on
bien qu'abordant de nombreux thèmes autour de l'abandon et de l'adoption en IRELANDE, ce livre nous offre un belle aventure. On peut cependant regretter que les personnages ne soient davantage travailler !
Augustin Erba
(The rewritten novel published in 2010). A well written, angry novel about some of the sins of the Catholic church in Ireland.
Poignant and powerful story.
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