Category Archives: Ireland

Broken Harbor

Broken Harbor by Tana French 2012 / 456 pages read by Stephen Hogan 19h 56m Rating:  A+ /  crime (4th in the Dublin Murder Squad series) In this 4th book of the Dublin Murder Squad the featured detective is  Mick … Continue reading

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The Testament of Mary

The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin 2013 / 97 pages (novella) Rating:  7.5 / historical fiction What Tóibín has tried to do is imagine the life of Mary,  the mother of Jesus, and have her tell what she knows about … Continue reading

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Skippy Dies

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray 2010/672 pages read by a cast – 23h 41m rating 8.5 / contemp fiction – Australia Yes,  this book seems silly at first but it contains an incredibly well developed theme  around reality vs history or … Continue reading

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The Dead

The Dead by James Joyce 1914? / 40 pages rating 10 (reread) Another group chose this for their reading selection and although I wasn’t going to reread it I got tempted and pulled  Dubliners off the shelf and started in. … Continue reading

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The Book of Evidence

The Book of Evidence by John Banville 1989 / 219 pages Rating – 8.5 Freddie Montgomery, a 38-year-old scientist, seems to bumble through life and now he’s out of luck and out of money and seriously wanted by some really … Continue reading

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Dubliners by James Joyce 1914 / 190 pages Rating 10 I read this collection of 15 short stories several years ago and very much enjoyed it – now another group is reading it and I decided to go for a … Continue reading

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The Death of the Heart

The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen 1938 – 418 pages Rating – 9 A sensitive and subtle classic coming-of-age story about Portia Quayne, a 16 year-old girl who has to live with her brother and his wife after … Continue reading

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Finnegans Wake

by James Joyce 628 pages / Penguin edition rating 9.5  (it’s an incredible achievement but maybe not one of my all-time favorite books) What a heck of a ride!   I read this a bit at a time for 7 … Continue reading

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