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The Last of Deeds and Love in History

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  5 reviews
From the critically acclaimed author of Resurrection Man come two tales of desire in dangerous times. Set in a small northern Ireland fishing town, The Last of Deeds is narrated by a Catholic boy in love with a Protestant girl. The two young lovers act as witnesses to the loss of innocence that is an inevitable result of living in a violent place. Love in History moves bac ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 15th 1997 by Picador (first published 1992)
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Two novellas. Both employ a similar structure, although one is narrated in first person and the other in third. Multiple characters are depicted unraveling over a period of months. In both novellas, McNamee drives the narrative forward without giving a hint of where things are going. Events and scenes are interspersed and seemingly unconnected until he pulls it all together at the end. Risky technique, requiring a lot of trust in the readers. "The Last of Deeds" has the great hook of a catholic ...more
Two novellas set in Ireland (I know this because the back of the book told me, not because either of the novellas did) both contain a lot of senseless death and a lot of grimy sex. By 'grimy' I mean that I think everyone having sex in either story could end up catching more diseases from the places they choose to do it in than from their partner.
Also, the style of the writing seems poetic for the sake of discussing terrible and gross things in the most pulchritudinous language possible. The desc
So this morning in the work environment I offered a valued coworker a dollar if he would call the front receptionist ask her if she had seen his pants. He declined, which ruined my fun. Beaten and largely betrayed by this fellow coworker I instead took an extended luncheon and read this novelette.

Novelette synopsis: A Catholic boy hooks up with a Protestant girl in Northern Ireland.

Instead, I should have offered the valued coworker ten dollars. He would have accepted, methinks. Then, in my bemu
The tow stories are bleak and unrelenting, but there are moments of memorable writing and images that stick with you.
Martin Tyrrell
Three stars for The Last of Deeds, four for Love in History.
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McNamee was born in County Down, North Ireland. He was awarded a Macaulay Fellowship for Irish Literature in 1990, after his 1989 novella The Last of Deeds (Raven Arts Press, Dublin), was shortlisted for the 1989 Irish Times/Aer Lingus Award for Irish Literature. The author currently lives in Ireland with his wife and two children, Owen and Kathleen.

He also writes as John Creed.
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