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Yeats Is Dead!: A Mystery by 15 Irish…

Yeats Is Dead!: A Mystery by 15 Irish Writers (2001)

by Joseph O'Connor (Editor)

Other authors: Anthony Cronin (Author), Roddy Doyle (Author), Hugo Hamilton (Author), Tom Humphries (Author), Gene Kerrigan (Author)9 more, Marian Keyes (Author), Frank McCourt (Author), Pauline McLynn (Author), Conor McPherson (Author), Gina Moxley (Author), Donal O'Kelly (Author), Charlie O'Neill (Author), Owen O'Neill, Gerard Stembridge (Author)

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Roddy Doyle, Conor McPherson, Gene Kerrigan, Gina Moxley, Marian Keyes, Anthony Cronin, Owen O’Neill, Hugo Hamilton, Joseph O’Connor, Tom Humphries, Pauline McLynn, Charlie O’Neill, Donal O’Kelly, Gerard Stembridge, and Frank McCourt Fifteen of Ireland’s brightest and most entertaining authors came together to benefit Amnesty International–resulting in this raucous, raunchy, and diabolically entertaining mulligan stew of a novel. Yeats is Dead! is an elaborate mystery centered around the search for something more valuable and precious than anything else in Ireland–an unpublished manuscript by James Joyce. A madcap chase ensues, spiced with the shenanigans of a spectacular array of characters: a sadistic sergeant with the unlikely name of Andy Andrews; a urinal paddy salesman; and the unforgettable Mrs. Bloom, a woman “who had tried everything but drew the line at honesty.” Gratuitously violent and completely hilarious, Yeats is Dead! is an out-of-control tale of lust and literature that packs big laughs and an even bigger body count.… (more)

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Interesting idea, but not all that great ( )
  carterchristian1 | Feb 19, 2012 |
Yeats Is Dead! must be one of the strangest mysteries. Wherever outcomes would seem predictable, the next writer reverses the tide of the story. Chapter 2 mentions none of the characters that Chapter 1 does and whenever a character is being built up they are killed off by the next writer. ( )
  mickymalone | Oct 3, 2011 |
The twists and turns are entertaining, and it's truly unpredictable in a way which single-author books rarely are. But there is a painful moment which made me cringe, when a character who is introduced as a self-styled gangsta rapper in one chapter inexplicably becomes a Rastafarian in the next. What? The? Hell? Was the author on drugs himself? Is he incapable of distinguishing between violent, crack-smoking African-Americans, and laid-back, ganja-smoking Jamaicans? The cringe never quite went away, sadly. ( )
  stevage | Jul 8, 2010 |
A rockin' read that introduced me to a couple of new writers while at the same time letting me on on this really intriguing way for writers to interact. The twists and turns of the book are really entertaining. ( )
  Oreillynsf | Apr 22, 2010 |
I missed this book upon release and so, somewhat late, I came upon it in my local second hand bookshop. It seemed like a good idea to set fifteen writers the task of completing a story at the rate of one chapter each and so, I started to read: well, I was wrong.

The only chapter that works, is the first and, before Roddy Doyle fans pronounce him the winner, we have hit upon the difficulty: this became a competition with everyone trying to turn the story in their own direction and wrong foot the following author.

The book does not flow and, even worse, meanders for fourteen chapters before a perfunctory ending is applied. I can hear the excuse, "but it is for charity." To me, this does not excuse a poor book, sorry. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Mar 22, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
O'Connor, JosephEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cronin, AnthonyAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle, RoddyAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hamilton, HugoAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Humphries, TomAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kerrigan, GeneAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keyes, MarianAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCourt, FrankAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McLynn, PaulineAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McPherson, ConorAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moxley, GinaAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Kelly, DonalAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Neill, CharlieAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Neill, Owensecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stembridge, GerardAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Amnesty Internationalsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bos, Jansecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herles, Diethardsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Reilly, CiaranNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zsembery, Pétersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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