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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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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 |
In 2053/4, Bohane is a brutal, hedonistic city with “a thin enough layer of civilization” in the West of Ireland. Crime boss Logan Hartnett ostensibly runs the town, but his ninety year-old mother, Girly, is the true brains. Logan is facing competition from two separate sources. Young Jenny Ching and Gant Broderick represent the future and past of Bohane crime lords and are both breathing down Logan’s neck.

With Bohane, Kevin Barry has created his own world, language and culture. Fashion is all-important. Calypso music is in. Everyone smokes “herb.” Barry twists words and language in unique ways. It makes for highly poetic and stimulating reading. ( )
  Hagelstein | Mar 6, 2014 |
TBR note:

* won 2013 IMPAC Dublin literary award: http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0606/455043-kevin-barry/
  DawsonOakes | Sep 20, 2013 |
This is just an exceptional piece of writing. The invention never feels forced, never feels overly showy - despite how incredibly showy it might be; the man created an entire slang language, for the sake of the Sweet Baba Jay. Instead, he has breathed life into a story and city as (I daresay) only he could've done. There's sex and fighting and a city as magical as Ambergris and a future that feels both gritty and lovely all at once. If our world tends towards hell, as it very well might, I sure hope we at least end up as well dressed as the likes of Jenni Ching and Logan Hartnett and The Gant and Macu. And have a bit of their personalities in the face of such a future, too.
This novel shows an author who will, I have no doubt, come to be regarded as one of the very best to've ever bent his pen towards a trembling blank page. It is, again, exceptional. A thing of power and beauty and delightful fancy. His two short story collections are out this month and Bohane is on shelves now. I so very rarely do this - but I implore you, with all speed, to acquire all three. You will not regret it.

A full, even more considered, rave to come at RB: http://wp.me/pGVzJ-O5 ( )
  drewsof | Sep 10, 2013 |
A novel in futurist language I just could not grasp.
  eembooks | Aug 3, 2013 |
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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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Set 40 years in the future, the once great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is in terminal decline, with vice and tribal splits rife. Logan Hartnett, godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang has been in charge but his nemesis has arrived back in town, his henchmen are becoming ambitious, his wife wants him to give it all up and go straight and, he has his mother to contend with.… (more)

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