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City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
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Oct 20, 12

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The literary amalgamation of genres into novels that are--if not exactly new--cleverly conceived will be a growth area for the book world as books like Chabon's Yiddish Policeman's Union, Whitehead's Zone One, and the volume currently being reviewed indicate. The age of appropriation gave way to the culture of the sample which has itself been overtaken by the mash-up--although that is an inelegant phrase for some of the beautiful creatures raised.

City of Bohane is such a creature: beautiful in its violence, twisting language, depressing miasma, and slight turns of perspective that change everything. An inventive mix of the self-reliant dystopian cityscape stratified by wealth and gang allegiance, 1920s-esque American gangster films, and modern novels like Trainspotting, this book is worth the time. While very much told from a male perspective, the final messages will tell you what a man's worth when he thinks he's worth more than he is.

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