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At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill
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Jan 28, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: gay-interest, great-war, fiction, mental-illness, anglophilia
Read from February 03 to 05, 2012

This book slew me. I started it on Friday and finished it late Sunday night. It consumed me; the first night I considered staying up all night just to finish it in one sitting. But I delayed for a day, and I found myself constantly thinking of the novel when I wasn't reading it. Now that I'm done I know the story will stay with me for a very long time - I can't remember the last time a book actually made me cry. Once I got over the occasionally confusing Irish slang, the lyrical lilt of the prose and the complex, well-drawn characters grabbed hold of my heart and did not let go. Jim, Doyler, and MacMurrough became as real to me as anyone I know in daily life - I can only imagine what it must have been like for O'Neill as he wrote them. I knew only a few chapters in that this would prove to be one of the best novels I have ever read. I can't recommend At Swim, Two Boys enough, and I can't wait to read it again. Do yourself a favor and read this one.
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