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City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
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Nov 29, 11

bookshelves: costa-2011, ireland, iba-2011
Read from November 27 to 29, 2011

Stupendous. A broken, tainted, nostalgic West-of-Ireland city thrashing and smoldering as it remembers the 'lost-time', Bohane is tribal, brutal, fashion-conscious (velveteen puffa jackets and vinyl brothel-creepers), sentimental, full of heart and completely heartless. The language is pure energy, the characters are vivid and real and the story is timeless. It seems that when it all breaks down, we will be mediaeval once again, writhing, dreaming and plotting in a real human society, face to face, shkelp to shkelp. My book of the year so far.
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Eilidh Smith I'll add it to my "to read" list for sure!

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