Good Books

John McGahern should be there though obviously previous generation. John Boyne has promise. Lots of John’s.

I found edna o brien dreadfully dull. She was probably ground breaking for her time but her books haven’t aged well

I found that she wrote Girl very impressive. I find John Boyne a bit of a pain.

Was that a Quirke book?

No, it was called Singularities. It had some characters from his earlier books apparently. It was a load of tripe anyway. I read one of the Quirke books I thought it was ok, it didn’t have me wanting to read more of them.

Claire Keegan
Emma Donoghue
Sally Rooney
Anne Enright
Fagan’s mate’s sister

I’ve probably forgotten someone.

I don’t like Banville really, I’ve read a few over the years, not my thing, the first Quirke book wasn’t bad I think.

I do really like Claire Keegan, wish she’d write a novel though.

I read Snow. Starts off well but turns needlessly disturbing I thought. I think @Fagan_ODowd is of a similar view.

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Strikes me as very up his own hole.

I thought the Book of Evidence was great.

Anna Burns

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I was going to include her but for some reason hesitated as she is from the six counties.

@RaymondCrotty - apologies

Just finished it there. Great book.

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Not the appropriate thread really but I finished Cormac McCarthy’s last book, Stella Maris, recently. It’s a sequel/prequel to his second last book the Passenger. The Passenger was fairly shite but Stella Maris is utter shite altogether. A case of reaching way beyond his grasp - writing about mathematical theory, philosophy, the atomic bomb, from the perspective of a schizophrenic young female maths genius - resulting in complete gibberish.

This is the Good Books thread pal. Go off and set up a shite books thread for yourself

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We’ll leave that up to the mods. You can always flag the post as inappropriate if you have an issue.

Harsh enough comment. I’m sure you’ve criticised books in this thread.

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I loved this paragraph from The Star of the Sea.

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There was an interview with Donal Ryan on the Blindboy podcast. It was my first time hearing him talk. He comes across as a fierce sound fella.