Reading in the Dark

Reading in the Dark

Book - 1997
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Seamus Deane's first novel is a mesmerizing story of childhood set against the violence of Northern Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s. The boy narrator grows up haunted by a truth he both wants and does not want to discover. The matter: a deadly betrayal, unspoken and unspeakable, born of political enmity. As the boy listens through the silence that surrounds him, the truth spreads like a stain until it engulfs him and his family. And as he listens, and watches, the world of legend - the stone fort of Grianan, home of the warrior Fianna; the Field of the Disappeared, over which no gulls fly - reveals its transfixing reality. Meanwhile the real world of adulthood unfolds its secrets like a collection of folktales: the dead sister walking again; the lost uncle, Eddie, present on every page; the family house as cunning and articulate as a labyrinth, closely designed, with someone sobbing at the heart of it. Seamus Deane has created a luminous tale about how childhood fear turns into fantasy and fantasy turns into fact.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1997
ISBN: 9780394574400
Branch Call Number: FIC DEANE 1997
Characteristics: pages cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 05, 2014

A rhapsodic novel of the family secrets and sadnesses that transform a young boy's life. Set in Northern Ireland during the various "troubles" of the twentieth century, this heart-breaking and often funny book describes the effects of politics on the tenderhearted. Short listed for the 1996 Booker Prize.


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