Apr 03, 11
Read from January 18 to February 01, 2011
Discovering a book that, upon its reading, makes you feel like you've come home is a rarity and yet this is exactly how I felt about Long Time, No See. Our narrator has just finished school and is spending the summer taking care of his grand-uncle, Joe-Joe, and Joe-Joe's best friend, The Blackbird. What should be an easy task is complicated by strange nocturnal occurrences and also by the men's endearing stubbornness. Healy takes mundane events and imbues them with a mystical quality. Not only that: he has perfectly captured the quirks of living in the wild and windy west of Ireland. His characters are full of depth, life and soul and you’ll feel an immediate affection for them. He has exquisitely captured the majestic landscape of Sligo and its people, with a language and a narrative force that are simply breath-taking.