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A Sort of Homecoming: A Novel
After a six-month "transcontinental lost weekend" spent blowing his grandfather's legacy, Ireland's self-proclaimed Greatest Resource returns to Dublin armed only with his beloved leather jacket, a dwindling supply of Eurocheques, and a truly monstrous ego. Dublin, however, has changed. It seems, in fact, as smoothly sophisticated as Iremonger himself. Shaken, Tom finds hi ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 17th 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published January 1st 1998)
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The first 20 pages are an interesting first person character introduction that establishes the narrator’s voice, his circumstances, his background, and a big part of what he needs to overcome—all of which occurs as he exits a plane, passes through customs, claims his luggage, and is met by his parents. What I find interesting about this beginning is that it is the type of scene that could have been dashed through quickly in a paragraph, but Cremins chose to use it to introduce his narrator/chara ...more
I think the only reason i really liked this book was because i could relate to it. I'm a young Irish person home from the US temporarily, and the blow by blow description of arriving in Dublin airport exactly as it is drew me straight in. But to be honest the book doesn't have all that much going for it. The prick of a main character remains largely flat and is very hard to take a liking to. Which is probably the point, in fairness, but if you're going to do that then you have to make other part ...more
This book reminded me a bit of Less Than Zero and American Psycho - the characters being just as shallow (some wealthy, some psychotic, and most abusing drugs), but significantly less interesting. The main character was a narcissistic and shallow person that makes a slight transformation towards the end of the story, but there are only two events that happen to help shake him awake to make his minor transformation. Basically, a man child finally realizes that he is letting life slip by while in ...more
Well done and extremely relevant given the fact I'm a 22 year old on an anti-Odyssey of my own. Takes a The Beautiful & the Damned approach vivid descriptions of materialistic excess and wanderings in 20th century Dublin through the eyes and ears of a recent college graduate who has come into a bit of money thanks to a dead grandfather. Interesting examination of main character, Fish, and his fragile yet hyper-inflated ego, his relationships with friends of old and new, and his struggle to f ...more