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Reading In The Dark [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Seamus Deane
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3. April 1997
A haunted-double childhood. One is imaginary: the Sun-fort of Grianan; the Field of the Disappeared; the house in Donegal where children are stolen away. The other is actual: the city of Derry in Northern Ireland of the 1940's and 1950's. The boy narrator grows up in these two worlds, sensing that they are intertwined in mysterious ways. Lyrically charged and unforgettable, this is one of the finest books ever written about growing up...
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  • Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: New Ed (3. April 1997)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0099744414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099744412
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 19,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 141.753 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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The Derry of poet Seamus Deane's first novel, Reading in the Dark is a perilous place. Ghosts haunt the stairwells of apartment buildings, a curse follows two families down through the generations, close friends turn out to be police informers and the police are as likely to persecute an innocent man as protect him. And hovering over all the violence, poverty and despair of 1940s Northern Ireland is the spectre of the "Troubles". The hero of the novel is an unnamed young man whose life turns upside down when a policeman frames him. Deception becomes his only means of self-defence. But the initial lie on the part of the policeman and the narrator's corresponding trickery are only part of the tangled web Deane weaves here. Early in the novel we learn that Uncle Eddie, an Irish Republican Army gunman, was blown up in the town distillery in 1922. In addition to sorting out his own problems, the narrator seeks the truth about his uncle's death.

Reading in the Dark sounds grim, and in some respects it is, yet leavening is provided by infusions of the Irish folktales and legends that inform the characters' daily life. And then there is the language. Deane is a poet, and his prose shows it: sex is like fire, "glinting with greed and danger"; ice snores and candles are swathed in a "thick drapery of wax". Readers looking for a thoughtful, serious and beautifully written novel will find one in Reading in the Dark.

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"Reading In The Dark is a swift, masterful transformation of family griefs and political violence into something at once rhapsodic and heartbreaking. If Isaac Babel had been born in Derry, he might have written this sudden, brilliant book." (Seamus Heaney)

"Marvellous...almost impossible to put down" (Blake Morrison Independent on Sunday)

"Go into your nearest bookshop and buy Reading In The Dark... A novel that no reader with any concern for their heart or mind should be without" (A. L. Kennedy Scotsman)

"A wonderful evocation of childhood; a vibrant, unforgettable fragment that leaves you aching for more" (Robert McCrum Observer)

"A profoundly emotive and seamlessly structured exploration of loss and regret. It is also funny and authentic. What more could one ask of a book?" (Antonia Logue Guardian)

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Totally satisfying on every level, this book is a true masterpiece. The level of description, the point of view of the naive child, the events which amuse and/or frighten, the manipulation of time, the suspense created--all are absolutely flawless in their execution. The reader becomes wholly immersed in the act of reading and totally oblivious to the act of creation, so much so that it's difficult to describe the book critically without gushing uncontrollably!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Way of Every Flesh 11. April 2000
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The book of Irish poet Seamus Deane describes a childhood of an unnamed protagonist in Northern Ireland in the 1950s. This gives opportunity to attain impartial attitude to the situation in Derry in order not to blame participants of the conflict but to discern its cause and motives. Old family mysteries' disclosing makes the novel a real pageturner, but it is only a part of author's plot.
Seamus Deane masterly reconstructs a wonderful universe of child's fantasies: enigmatic and thrilling adult world appears as an exciting fairy tale with additional heroic or terrifying tinges of local political discord. The child grows up, and fantastic histories lose their charms acquiring outlines of reality in terrors, cowardice and treachery of their personae. Former semigods, parents become ordinary mortals with their fears, pains and guilts; but extra knowledge and futher understanding give both additional strength and pride in never-ending children-parents rivalry and additional yearning after innocence of childhood lost once and for all. We become adults only when in comprehension of our parent's vulnerability we find compassion for them. And hope for future mercy from our own children.
An excellent novel!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Slow start, but it just got better and better 2. Februar 1999
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Having just read Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes", which also describes Catholic childhood in Ireland, I expected to find the two books very similar. I was wrong; whilst "Angela's Ashes" mainly revolved around the problems of poverty and alcoholism in the family, "Reading in the Dark" is decidedly more intricate. Deane has created a beautiful book, full of pleasant (and unpleasant) childhood cameos that are so delightful, as a reader, to share. What I enjoyed most about the book was Deane's ability to create amazingly vivid scenes. The secret passage in "Grianan" was an exceptionally memorable passage (pardon the pun).
All in all, "Reading in the Dark" was a thoroughly enjoyable experience which gathered momentum and just became too good to put down.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant and accessible! 27. Juni 2000
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Totally satisfying on every level, this book is a true masterpiece. The level of description, the point of view of the naive child, the events which amuse and/or frighten, the manipulation of time, the suspense created--all are absolutely flawless in their execution. The reader becomes wholly immersed in the act of reading and totally oblivious to the act of creation, so much so that it's difficult to describe the book critically without sounding like a gusher
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Symbolically delicious 25. März 2000
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Seaumus Deane's Reading In The Dark is a captivating novel vividly evoking Irish history and religious differences through the eyes of a young child growing up in the conflict-torn Derry. Symbolically delicious and even historically accurate, a must read for all Irish literature and history fanatics. Although occasionally humorous, Deane ultimately exposes the sad realities of Irish oppression in their own land.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Cultúir Fásta 23. Februar 2000
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Fascinating mixture of Irish tales,Northern Ireland political situation, religion and as well a growth story of a young man. Deane takes no sides in the war, but describes the feelings and emotions behind scenes quite well...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful literature 1. Januar 2000
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This is a book for one who wishes more than the tired prose of Frank Mccourt. Deane explores the conflict in Ireland with economy of words, and clarity of language: it is simple, but with passion. He exposes the ugliness of the Northern Ireland confilct without implicating the parties involved. It is a love story between mother and son. If you like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, you will like Deane.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Has no substance. 6. Dezember 1999
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Reading this book it is clear the author is originally and more naturally a poet. His lyrical style did not translate well to prose and as a result this book is boring and slow. I always finish a book I start, but it was pure torture to finish this one. After the story line finally develops it turns out to be so trivial it is not even worth mentioning. Poetry doesn't have to have a story line prose must have one and this book doesn't. On to something more interesting to read, like the dictionary.
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