An Evening Of Long Goodbyes
Charles and his sister Bel are twenty-somethings living in the well-to-do part of Dublin. She is...more
Names: Amaurot:"the shadowy or unknown place," the main city in the centre of the island Utopia.
Hythloday:"expert in nonsense", the voyager who travels around Utopia.
Telsinor: The name of the fictional phone company, obvious reference to Hamlet.
Part of my haul from Waterstone's in Dunfermline.
Slurp snort chortle pwaaaah! This is just so much fun! And sad! And zippy to read! But rich and complex at the same time! And I think I’ve used enough exclamati...more
Bog Irish Lad Lit takes a turn for the better.
But Wait There’s More!
Yeats meets “Ulysses” meets “The Cherry Orchard”.
Paul Murray quotes Yeats liberally throughout.
I don’t know Yeats well enough to comment on the significance of his poetry to the themes of this novel.
That would require research rather than "sprezzatura". (1)
There is a subtle affinity with James Joyce’s “Ulysses”.
Just watch me make my case.
There are 18 Episodes in “Ulysses”...more
After the brilliance of Skippy Dies, I was expecting so much more - or at least, given this was Murray's first novel, some parallels. Some of the complexity; the careful and clever layering o...more
The thing is...I read it after I read his second novel, "Skippy Dies," which is just about one of the best novels I've ever read (made me both laugh and cry harder). So I think reading "An Evening of Long Goodbyes" made me both more charitable toward Murray but also a little disappointed that his first novel isn't as good as his second. No real surprise there, though.
There's promise here, there really is, but the rest of it was so hard to enjoy that had to give...more
"An Evening of Long Goodbyes: A Novel" is supremely well-written, I'll give it that much. Paul Murray has crafted a supremely well-written but mammothly over-long script for a sit-com pilot starring that snobby guy...more
What's fascinating is that about 1/2 way through it, the book starts to deconstruct itself. It starts out hilarious, fun, brilliant, with an incredible love of language. . . and then, what do you know? It becomes realistic.
It was one of the three-four books that made me realize that if I read fiction, I prefer un...more
Yes, there are many reasons to like a book. The reason I liked, and came to love, this one, is because it was just so damned enjoyable. In the over-used expression of the enthusiastic teacher, it was a pleasure to read. The nearer I got to the end, the sadder I became at the thought that it would...more
Didn't know how to rate this - loved the writing, found bits absolutely hilarious, but got irritated finally by the clueless hero and gave up halfway. I have personal issues with heroes who are that out of it - the reason why I was irritated with A Confederacy of Dunces as well.
But I would still look at anything Paul Murray offers us. Loved Skippy Dies.
Another short broken arm review.
An Evening of Long Goodbyes is the story of Charles Hythloday who wants to perfect the art is sperzatura, the old art of doing nothing in style. The family home, a crumbling house set on a cliff outside of Dublin seems to be the perfect background...more
We've got plenty of good humorists in America, but looking for a really substantive comic novel could turn the National Book Award into one of those obscure mathematics prizes that grows dusty waiting for someone to find the last digit of p...more
The story st...more
Irish writer Murray makes a brilliant debut with Long Goodbyes, which was a finalist for the prestigious Whitbread First Novel Award after its publication in the U.K. in 2003. Often compared to P.G. Wodehouse, Noel Coward, John Kennedy Toole, and Flann O'Brien (an Irish satirist), with a touch of Chekhov thrown in, Murray has penned a solipsistic soliloquy that deftly mixes farce and melodrama with social commentary. Most critics had few complaints, though a few noted some blips in the plotting....more
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'Oh but so Scottish, Bel! Come on, the bagpipes? The interminable quotations from Braveheart? Anyone who's proud of coming from Scotland obviously has issues-”