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"This awkward debut by young Dubliner Toomey creates little interest in the life of a young man whose drinking and promiscuity have dulled him to life's greater purpose. Portentously framed by a first-person narrator who claims to have received the maudlin tale firsthand, the story follows handsome, privileged, but rudderless Stuart Byrne, who wakes up one day with a girl he doesn't recall having met. The rough contours of Stuart's life don't elicit much sympathy: the son of a successful yet emotionally remote solicitor, Stuart is expected to be 'hard striving,' but continues to come up short. Hangovers keep him from reaching work on time; he's ambivalent about his friendship with Rachel, a 'trophy beauty'; and he gets a college acquaintance pregnant, or so the girl claims. He spills his sad-sack details over pints to any takers (bar mates, his brother, his dad), but can't accept the idea of holding down a job he hates or raising a wee one with a woman he doesn't love. Hardly Dickensian, acknowledges the narrator, who struggles to fashion a rewarding tale out of Stuart's 'immense and ostrichlike stupidity,' leaving the reader feeling just as cold as Stuart. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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A novel about a man trying to escape his own superficiality and emptiness through excess and murder.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781564786012
Author:
Toomey, John
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Irish Literature Series
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 x 1 in

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Product details 272 pages Dalkey Archive Press - English 9781564786012 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This awkward debut by young Dubliner Toomey creates little interest in the life of a young man whose drinking and promiscuity have dulled him to life's greater purpose. Portentously framed by a first-person narrator who claims to have received the maudlin tale firsthand, the story follows handsome, privileged, but rudderless Stuart Byrne, who wakes up one day with a girl he doesn't recall having met. The rough contours of Stuart's life don't elicit much sympathy: the son of a successful yet emotionally remote solicitor, Stuart is expected to be 'hard striving,' but continues to come up short. Hangovers keep him from reaching work on time; he's ambivalent about his friendship with Rachel, a 'trophy beauty'; and he gets a college acquaintance pregnant, or so the girl claims. He spills his sad-sack details over pints to any takers (bar mates, his brother, his dad), but can't accept the idea of holding down a job he hates or raising a wee one with a woman he doesn't love. Hardly Dickensian, acknowledges the narrator, who struggles to fashion a rewarding tale out of Stuart's 'immense and ostrichlike stupidity,' leaving the reader feeling just as cold as Stuart. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , A novel about a man trying to escape his own superficiality and emptiness through excess and murder.
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