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Dermot Fallon has a disease. Currently hospitalized in Vancouver, he recreates with lunatic clarity the circumstances surrounding his recent trip to Ireland to bury his father, and his own schizophrenic breakdown. Pursued by the past - that of his family and a nation, as well as his own - he in turn pursues Fiona, his cousin's fiancee, even as reality fragments into nightm ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published October 6th 2011 by 529 Publishing
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Liadra
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
There are some things I really loved about this book.. and things I didn't like so much at all..

In places, the writing is exquisite. The turns of phrase and descriptions are very well done - at times delicate and elusive, and dark and harsh at others. But always well done. The narrative is terribly complex and interwoven quite well. There's a wonderful mix of mythology, symbolism, psychology, and story. All the things I absolutely love about a novel...

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Stacey
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow! What an interesting read. This book goes into the mind of a schizophrenic and it digs deep. Dermot is in the midst of a schizophrenic breakdown and Ryan Frawley writes every detail of this process. This is a very complex written piece of work. I have never read a book written in this type of format that weaves in and out of the character's mind. This is like no other book that I have ever read and I look forward to the author's next adventure in writing. I received the book for free through ...more
Amber
Feb 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I ended up only getting a few pages in. It just didn't hold my attention and since it was a library book I had to return it.
Andrew
May 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
“After that, I started seeing things. Just movement, at first, in the corner of my eye, and when you turn to see what it is, it’s gone. I mean, I think everyone gets that sometimes. I got it a lot. Then—it’s weird—you start to imagine what they are, men or monsters, whatever, and then that’s what you see. You know it’s at least partly your own imagination, but you can’t stop it, and once you’ve put a face to this faceless thing, that’s what it is, and always was, and no amount of logic will stop ...more
Betty
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I began this book in an erroneous state of mind. I was sure I was reading non-fiction, but no, this book is a novel, in fact it is Ryan Frawley's debut novel. It must say a great deal about the author's ability when the reader can err between fact and fiction. In my own defense, there are several passages that were obvious and deliberate fiction. Regardless, this is an exceptional story from the mind of Dermot Fallon, a man who has the abi
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V.E. Hood
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Imaginatively and meticulously written, “Scar” is a novel which will appeal to readers of all fiction genres.

Through this intricately written tale, Frawley humanizes his main character, Dermot’s, illness by allowing the reader to get to know him as an individual person rather than writing him off with a label as so often is done in our society. In fact, Dermot seems to be so “normal” at times that his illness stealthily creeps up on the reader, bristling neck hairs at unexpected moments. With e
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Bryn Hammond
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Too wonderful, I don't know how to talk about it. The spiritual insights of schizophrenia; Irish legends earthily told; artistry, of the sort that only needs a sentence or two, to make you look twice. I have to read this again. I feel inadequate to comment. - Not that you can't gain much, much, on a single and even fast read; the story hastens you along.
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