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Reading In The Dark
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am 11. Juli 2000
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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am 11. April 2000
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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am 2. Februar 1999
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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As a former student of Seamus Deane, I can understand why readers might be confused or turned-off by the apparent "disjointedness" of this novel's syntax. Yet after having studied the works of such prominent Irish authors as James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, Deane's writing gains literary depth. His scholarly ability to express the Irish experience not only through plot but with diction and syntax elevate his writing to a new level of skillful expression. The disjointedness and often impoverished style of writing reflect Joycean traditions and comment on the Irish people's inability to find a language which is truly their own, one separate from the Imperialistic English.
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am 18. März 1998
I don't know what exactly it was that disappointed me so about this book. Perhaps it was its disjointed beginning chapters, or that I felt it never really picked up with any sort of continuous flow. I never felt like I knew any of the characters well enough to sympathize or relate to them. There are no scenes or anecdotes that memorably capture the heart, mind or spirit of the reader. As a follow-up to Angela's Ashes, it was a great disappointment. That at least had some solid development; this, I feel, does not. I was less concerned how it ended than I was about actually getting through it, which is a shame.
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am 27. Juni 2000
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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am 3. Dezember 1997
For the millions who have read and enjoyed McCourt's Angela's Ashes, the magic can continue. Often after reading a good book, I try to find work by the same author. That will generally be an earlier, less-popular work just finding an audience. As Angela's Ashes is a first novel, that strategy was unsuccessful. I was lucky, however, to find Reading in the Dark. Both deal with the realities of Irish family life in the 1930s-1950s. Where Reading in the Dark goes beyond Angela's Ashes is with literary technique. Each chapter peels back another layer of the mystery of a family secret.
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am 31. Juli 1999
An excellent book..full of both humour and tragedy. However, the IRA is evil and that becomes evident slightly in this book along with the sectarianism of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. The ending chapter in which the father of the dead British soldier visits was touching. It shows that despite differences we are all human....However, time for my political time now, Ulster wishes to remain part of the United Kingdom by a clear majority and you cannot deny that. Yet it is a telling account into the experiences of growing up in Northern Ireland.
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am 9. November 1998
I had high hopes for this book, only because it won a few awards, but it didn't take long to be discouraged. I didn't like the short divisions between chapters; it made it all too confusing. The plot could have been made into a good one, but it seems as though the author threw in a lot of nonsense that had nothing to do with the ending. It seems as though the book actually started midway through the novel. Perhaps I just needed more of an Irish backround to fully enjoy the story/memoires that this book talks about.
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am 23. März 1999
I just finished "Reading in the Dark." I'm a great fan of Irish authors and Seamus Deane did not disappoint me. The story is very well written and the further along into the book you go, the more engaging it becomes. As a warning, do not begin this book thinking that it will be reminiscent of Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes." Should you do so, you will be disappointed and lose appreciation for a distictly different book. Stick with it; it is worth it, if for nothing else but for the imagery.
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