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Love and Sleep: A Romance
Sean O'Reilly's debut novel is a journey into the dark and uncomfortable psyche of Niall, a young man on the run from the past and denying himself a future. In the nineties, soon after the first IRA cease-fire has ended, Niall returns to the damaged city of his youth after years of wandering around Europe—from city to city and woman to woman. His family has fractured, and ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 11th 2003 by Carroll & Graf
(first published February 1st 2002)
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Where do I even begin? ...I couldn't finish this. I couldn't even "get into it". To call it a romance is to call a match a fire. I know some people (John Green) say that you don't have to like a main character to love a book, but I do think you need to relate to them on even some small level. I could neither like nor relate to Niall. He makes nonsense ramblings, and thinks terrible things of people while doing terrible things to them. Because Niall's point of view is so warped, I find myself not ...more
Do not read this book if you are feeling remotely depressed. It paints a very bleak portrait of Northern Ireland's second city. The main protagonist, Niall, is vile and has no redeeming features. He forms a twisted and destructive relationship with Lorna. She is not very likeable either, but she does not deserve his cruelty. Both characters are facing some kind of breakdown and their story is disturbing. ...more
well, i wouldn't call it a romance. I wanted to like the main protagonist but why write about a city you hate, why be with someone you find repulsive?.Niall is not a lover, hes not a revolutionary, hes worse than a tramp. My favourite character in this book would have to be Sunshine. The one relief. What i find extraordinary is how O'Reilly has written. Story told in first person by Niall but hes appalling yet i love lorna even though be never for a moment stops painting an awful picture of her ...more
Apr 01, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it
This is a book full of despair and self destruction. On the one hand, it is understandable as the author was born in Derry in 1969 and grew up in the heart of "the Troubles". It is also full of desperate sex which I attribute to the fact he wrote this novel in his early 30's. However I still give it a 3 because in some way it does convey the dark place that Derry was in the late 90's when it is set. I was in Derry in 2009; it is a tiny city. It is hard to believe the ferocity of the conflict the ...more
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