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City of Bohane: A Novel by Kevin Barry

City of Bohane: A Novel (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Kevin Barry

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Title:City of Bohane: A Novel
Authors:Kevin Barry
Info:Graywolf Press (2012), Hardcover, 288 pages
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Tags:fiction, Irish

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City of Bohane by Kevin Barry (2011)



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I was very disappointed with this. The writing is seriously oool and even the premise is interesting, but the story never goes anywhere. I read the last 50 pages waiting for it to be over. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
This book had a "Clockwork Orange" feel to it. Barry creates this futuristic town in Western Ireland in 2053. Yet there is little or no technology in this crime ridden city. We see the waring factions like an old time western. What make this book interesting is the language and prose the Barry uses. It is incredibly creative and does a great job of developing a vision of the city. The plot and character development are a bit thin, but the feel of the book is excellent. The language takes getting used to and this may not be for everyone but it is not a long book and work the try. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Jul 8, 2015 |
a great writer, sentences to die for, plot was a tad thin, the city was intriguing, inventive, perhaps a little over-reminded of 'how things were', the characters were good, but a little too thinly brought out, I didn't really find myself caring too much about any of them, yet I was intrigued. Overall, the writing is great, but a great book by by the author is yet to be written. ( )
  Pete.Maguire | Oct 16, 2014 |
Man leaves town, comes back mysteriously 25 years later. The town is an imagined city, Bohane, a sort of Irish Tijuana on the west coast of Ireland in a parallel universe run by ultra violent teddy boys, dune dwelling rastas and inbred slum dwellers. The pleasure in reading "City of Bohane" comes from the invented patois of the various factions. Interesting, but the story, as it were kinda fell flat @ the end. ( )
  HenryKrinkle | Jul 23, 2014 |
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"On display, even more than the strutting characters' fashion sense, is the author's virtuosic writing: he has created a unique vernacular of Irish speech patterns mixed with Caribbean terms, delivered in a breathless, conversational style. This hybrid will be of interest both to fantasy and to literary fiction readers."
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The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees. Infested by vice and split along triballines, there are still some posh parts of town but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the Northside Rises and the eerie bogs of Big Nothin’ that the city really lives. For years, Bohane has been in the cool grip of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But now they say his old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious and there’s trouble in the air...
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Thirty or so years in the future, the once great city of Bohane is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. For years it has been under the control of Logan Hartnett. But they say his old rival Gant Broderick is back, there is dissent within the Hartnett ranks, there are problems with the missus, and then there's his mother.… (more)

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