Book Reviews of Reading In the Dark

Reading In the Dark
Reading In the Dark
Author: Seamus Deane
ISBN-13: 9780099744412
ISBN-10: 0099744414
Publication Date: 4/3/1997
Pages: 232
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Book Type: Unknown Binding
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a book I could not put down with family secrets and heart break about the day to day life of Derry, Northern Ireland. A young boy in the 1940's relates the impact that the "troubles of Northern Ireland" has on of his family through to the 1970s.
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Booker Prize finalist and New York Times Notable Book. Beautifully written and intense rendering of a post-war Catholic childhood in Ireland.
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A young man grows up in Belfast amid the violence following WWII, and attempts to uncover the secrets within his own family. Slow moving and episodic, the book has no discernible plot until well after the halfway point. There are some nice turns of phrase here, but overall it comes up short.
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"Already hugely acclaimed in Great Britain, where it was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize and short-listed for the Booker, Seamus Deane's first novel is a mesmerizing story of childhood set against the violence of Northern Ireland in the 1940's and 1950's."
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A quick and easy read about Irish boyhood.
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Powerful story, powerful writing style. I wish I had known more about the historical background in Ireland, but I got the gist of the story, which is an unusual one, very well told.