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Crowe's Requiem: A Novel
Crowe's Requiem is an eerie, dark, and otherworldly tale of a young man of uncertain origins and of his dreamlike but all-too-rapid transit through life. Rich in language and imagination, it is the work of an uncommonly talented young writer.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 17th 1999 by Henry Holt and Co.
(first published 1998)
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Apr 08, 2009 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it · review of another edition
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2244624.html[return][return]Crowe is drawn partly from Oskar in Die Blechtrommel, in that he has a biologically unusual childhood and adolescence, and then like Stephen Dedalus he heads off to university in Dublin. Though in fact his experience is closer to that of the unnamed protagonist of At Swim-Two-Birds, with some turns of phrase particularly in the first half of the book sounding very Flann O'Brien-ish. Crowe goes through sinister medical experiences and emot ...more
The story is of a socially challenged boy, who feels as if he is a fallen angel. The story begins with his upbringing and then travels with him to the University where he meets a women and falls in love. For this love, he makes a choice that will affect the rest of his life. A little surreal, a little dark, a little raw (language and sexual scenes), but yet a tender coming of age story. Worth reading if into coming of age stories and religious overtones in the books that you read.