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Eureka Street by Robert McLiam Wilson
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Nov 02, 2008

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This is a book which narrates a brief period in the lives of 2 Irishmen living in Belfast during the height of "the troubles". I like the writing voice better than the actual construction of the plot which is thin at best. The actual dialogue is truly Irish, not a caricature of Irish, as most books of this type are. Not only that, it is distinctly Northern-Irish humor and dialogue. There are so many conversations and bits that are so funny and really sharply witty. The characters are completely and charmingly self-deprecating. The descriptions of Belfast are poetically beautiful. I really could have given this a higher rating had the author not tied up all the loose ends in a pretty package at the end of the book. I think the editors couldn't decide if they were going for artistic perfection or just paperback mass appeal. Or maybe they were drunk at the time.

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