Night Boat to Tangier
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Delighted to see this on the Booker Longlist!
Kevin Barry is one of my favourite Irish writers and I approached this, his latest novel with a sense of great anticipation and delight. His prose is sublime and lyrical, with his adept shifts in tone, his use of the vernacular, his inclusions of the fantastical, the bad luck of fairy mounds, spells and curses, and the mystics conversing with the dead. It has shades of Waiting for Godot, Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, are old before their time, a ...more
Night Boat to Tangier is a powerful and expressive novel with fascinating characters that have corrupted and harmed themselves and those around them for years. Kevin Barry's unflinching poetic style nails the moments that linger in the mind well after the book is closed.
Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond are two ageing, disfigured, Irish gangsters, waiting in a lifeless ferry terminal in Algeciras. They are waiting for Maurice’s daughter, Dilly, whom he hasn’t seen in 3 years. She will r ...more
Irish crooks Maurice and Charlie, lifelong partners in drug smuggling, are hanging about the ferry terminal at Algeciras hoping to locate an estranged daughter. As they wait for long hours, the story unfolds of these two colourful, wizened-beyond-their-years gangs ...more
This book is like a twisted psychological thriller directed by Quentin Tarantin, starring two aging Irish gangsters. It's also a ghost story. A story about Ireland and the search for freedom, if not deliverance. A story about mental illness. A story about drug addiction and dysfunctional families. Ooooh, Kevin Barry, this is a very, very clever book that constantly jumps and shifts, held together by the distinct voices of two men on the edge of mental breakdow ...more
There is an alchemy about this book, which makes such poetry out of the lives of a pair of brutal unscrupulous drug dealing gangsters and eventually left me feeling sympathy for them.
In the first chapter we meet Maurice and Charlie, two Irishmen in their early fifties, who are waiting in the port at Algeciras where they have been told that Maurice's daughter Dill will be catching a ferry to Tangier. They have not heard from her for several years, and the way ...more
This brilliant review in the Dublin Review of Books expresses my views much better than I can
The author’s two previous novels each won a major prize (the Dublin Literary Award and the Goldsmith Prize) and the author, just after the Booker longlisting of this book, had a short story short listed for the prestigious Sunday Times Short Story Prize.
This book started as a screenplay – commis ...more
I like to think if the Booker panel were to award a prize for "best chapter" ( hard to do becaus ...more
Two Irish gangsters, well past their prime, wait for a ferry in the sleepy Spanish port of Algeciras. Maurice Hearne, the one with the missing eye, is hoping to find his daughter Dilly, whom he hasn't seen in over three years. The limping Charlie Redmond, his old pal and business associate, hands out flyers of the missing girl and pesters the poor attendant at the I ...more
The language also created a challenge. While many words were not found on my Kindle, some sentences didn’t even make sense to me. I am not sure if this is due to a cultural difference, but as a Westerner I was lost and confused about the context often.
The story w ...more
'There comes a time when you just have to live among your ghosts. You keep the conversation going. Elsewise the broad field of the future opens out as nothing but a vast emptiness '
Maurice and Charlie are both Irish, they are both in their fifties, and they are both dressed in cheap suits waiting at the Spanish port of Algeciras. They seem to be locked into a perpetual never ending conversation, jumping from stories of their past with the casual ease of long-time friends. One will start a sentence, the other will finish it. One will ask a question, the other will answer it. The reader will find it obvious from their demeanour that they ...more
Up to about the 60% point, I wasn't really liking this much, as I found it extremely difficult to follow, and the lack of both narrative cohesiveness and the use of obtuse language (I kept hitting the glossary on my Kindle, only to be told 'No definition found') made it more of a slog than I was prepared for. Yes, the language often took flight into lofty heights of lyrical ecstasy, but I am much more interested in plot than language, and that lack of a narrative just wasn't im ...more
Would you say there’s any end in sight, Charlie?
I’d say you nearly have an answer to that question already, Maurice.
Two Irishmen sombre in the dank light of the terminal make gestures of long-sufferance and woe– they are born to such gestures, and offer them easily.
Kevin Barry's debut novel City of Bohane (my review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) won the Dublin Literary Prize and his second Beatlebone (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show.. ...more
Upfront - I loved it even more on second reading (you can’t tell this from my rating as I gave it 5 stars first time round).
It is October 2018 and Maurice Hearne and Charles Redmond, drug dealers, are keeping vigil at the Algeciras ferry terminal in Spain. They are on the lookout for Maurice’s daughter, Dilly, after rumo ...more
I try not to. She goes through me sometimes.
Into the middle distance they train their hard stares. There is a stock of hard knowledge to be drawn on. They know what they had once and what was lost.
Moss and Charlie are waiting for their daughter/niece Dilly who has been missing for three years to step off or onto the ferrys coming in and out from Tangier into the port of Algeciras, Spain. Over the next couple of days we learn about their youth, the drug runni ...more
Four great characters: Charlie (Charlie Red) Redmond; Maurice (Moss) Hearne; Cynthia — Maurice’s wife and Charlie’s occasional lover; and Dilly Hearne, Maurice and Cynthia’s daughter. Charlie, Moss, Cynthia, all drugged out, with Cynthia’s ”eyes. . . warm on the needle’s tip.” Moss and Cynthia timing their drugging according Dillys’ little girl schedule: ”The need had taken hold. Soon he would have to take the pain from the day. He arranged the clock o ...more
Maurice and Charlie, pair of gangsters in the twilight of their careers, wait on a night boat at the Spanish port of Algeciras. They are expecting Maurice's daughter, missing three years and suspected of living in a sort-of commune on one side or the other of the Mediterranean.
As they wait, they interrogate various 'crusties' - anyone with dreadlocks and a dog - about her whereabouts. There is a cloud of threat and som ...more
There are definitely nods to Beckett’s Waiting for Godot: two characters who wait for the arrival of someone named Godot who never arrives, while engaging in a variety of discussions. In Kevin Barry’s book, two old-before-their-time shad ...more
“Take these gestures and repeat them, times ten thousand for the life, and times the generations, and times the epochs and the eras, and see how the effect digs beneath the skin, enters the racial soul, prepares its affront to the world, and offers it –”Two “fading irish gangster” hang around the port of Algeciras, looking for something, someone. They hold on hard to their old ways while coming to the conclusion that they are well past their prime, and so we ...more
This is the story of Maurice and Charlie, two old gangsters and drug runners, who are waiting at a Spanish port in hopes of finding Maurice's estranged daughter. Slowly revealed are painful details of each man's past, betrayals and disappointments that sit poorly in their stomachs decades after. Whether finding the daughter will resolve regrets from yesteryear is unclear, but their is no avoiding them now, as they patiently wait for her return.
Barry's writing ...more
I couldn't wait for the US publication of this novel, which happens September 17th, so off to the UK it was for me via an online purchase. Money well spent, as it turns out; when I finished it, I noticed my spouse staring at me like "what?" because I was a wee bit choked up on turning the last page. It is such a fine book, really -- sad and moving with more than a touch of black humor, and for me, excellent. Then again, ...more