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Titel: The Long Falling
Verlag: Faber and Faber, London
Zustand: Very Good
Faber and Faber 1998; Good to very good in wraps -owners name; 305 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 30277
Inhaltsangabe: Grace is an Englishwoman who has lived in rural Ireland all her life, but is still a stranger. Haunted by the death of one son, for which her brutal husband blames her, and by the absence of another, she makes a decision which she hopes will alter everything. But her world is broken into pieces.
Praise for The Long Falling
‘This impressive debut remains a disturbing reminder of how easy it is ‘to kill or destroy or unhinge a life.’’Observer
‘An exceptional first novel, The Long Falling grips you from the word go, and after you’ve put it down, stays in the mind…Both a murder story and a love story, the book is also an unflinching vision of a clash of culture and morality in Ireland.’ Big Issue
‘Complex, harrowing…narrative skill, mastery of language, a humane insight into the muddles people make of their lives.’ The Times
‘If and when this novel is read in decades to come, it will be regarded as a good indicator of how liberal Ireland explained itself during the 1990s. ‘ Irish Times
‘It is that rarity among novels, not just among firsts, in that its characters…are every one realised, branded uniquely in the reader’s imagination, sent out to foray and raid the corners of one’s consciousness. They rain on you. The pleasure this brings is the pleasure of the discovery of a writer whose gifts run deep. The Long Falling may be a calling card of some specialness…It’s a book with echoes, ripples, antecedents…. Dublin too comes to life with a Joycean flourish…. His is a multi-faceted talent bursting with writerly intuition and intelligence. The finest debut novel, I’ve read in years.’ Scotland on Sunday
‘A powerful exposure of the new, reforming, optimistic Irish…In this, it echoes the work to which it recurringly refers, offering an updating of Joyce’s penetrating gaze, in The Dead, on the relation between the educated, bourgeois, cosmopolite ‘second city of empire’ and the stark suffering that lies in that city’s barren and insular hinterland.’ TLS
‘Ridgway has a sympathetic spirit and an observant eye.’ Independent
‘An accomplished piece of work, with a good eye for the cumulative effect of apparently insignificant detail…. keenly observed.’ Sunday Independent (Dublin)
‘Keith Ridgway has achieved that rarest of things – a distinct and original ‘voice’, at once atmospheric and engaging…. This complex and excellent novel is hauntingly written and Ridgway treats his themes well, without ever resorting to the obvious.’ Gay Times
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