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This is How (original 2009; edition 2010)

by M.J. Hyland

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Title:This is How
Authors:M.J. Hyland
Info:Canongate Books Ltd (2010), Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Fiction, Read but unowned
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This is How by M. J. Hyland (2009)

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Utterly gorgeous. The narrowing of Patrick's charmed, middle class life is so subtle and natural (even though there's a murder and complete loss of everything once held dear) that it seems undeniable, inevitable. I was engrossed from the first page and surprised at every turn. Hyland's prose is stripped and careful, never bossy. I'm looking forward to finding her other books. ( )
  usefuljack | May 17, 2013 |
Utterly gorgeous. The narrowing of Patrick's charmed, middle class life is so subtle and natural (even though there's a murder and complete loss of everything once held dear) that it seems undeniable, inevitable. I was engrossed from the first page and surprised at every turn. Hyland's prose is stripped and careful, never bossy. I'm looking forward to finding her other books. ( )
  usefuljack | May 17, 2013 |
A very good book, I just wanted to continue on reading, finding out more about the rest of his life... ( )
  ScarletBea | Apr 4, 2013 |
Maria Hyland is a superb writer, with a great prose style. Why this novel didn't make it to the Booker Prize defeats me! It is beautifully written and compelling. It's the kind of novel you will be recommending to all your serious reading pals. With a fresh emphatic prose style that picks the reader up and rushes them along, this wonderful novel deserves wide exposure and a large readership. Sympathetic, elegant, and sensitive. Hyland has been close to winning many awards, and this is perhaps her best novel. She is the author of three multi award-winning novels. How the Light Gets In (2003) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize; Carry Me Down (2006) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was winner of both the Hawthornden and Encore Prizes (2007), and This is How (2009), was longlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Dublin International IMPAC Prize in 2009. Hyland's short story, Rag Love, was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2011. J M Coetzee wrote, 'Fiction writing of the first order' and Hilary Mantel wrote, 'When you've been reading Hyland other writers seem to lack integrity; she aims straight for the truth and the heart.' ( )
1 vote kettle666 | Feb 28, 2013 |
Patrick Oxtoby, the main character, is a strange young man whose interactions are prickly because he is extremely self-conscious and defensive. The academic promise he once demonstrated has dissipated, and he settles in a small town to begin his career as an auto mechanic. Living at a boarding house, he can't seem to settle into the rhythm of easy conversations with the other two boarders. One horrendous moment of unreasonable rage results in a life he cannot imagine, and M.J. Hyland describes his reactions, a mixture of disbelief, embarrassment and guilt, perfectly. Patrick is not a particularly likeable person; however, the course of his life's choices are riveting. M.J. Hyland has a deceptively simple style that creates a building of tension as understanding of Patrick's dysfunction grows. ( )
  pdebolt | Oct 10, 2012 |
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She makes it look so simple, with her words of one syllable, with a style almost entirely devoid of affect; but there is nothing simplistic about her achievement. “This Is How” is an unflinching, absorbing, morally complex portrait of one life gone suddenly and terribly awry.
 
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'Everything unconditional belongs in pathology.' NIETZSCHE
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For Julian Owen
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I put my bags down on the doorstep and knock three times.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 155468501X, Paperback)

M. J. Hyland is the multi-award-winning and Man Booker-shortlisted author of Carry Me Down. Her third novel, This Is How, is a psychologically probing and deeply moving account of a perpetual outsider longing to find his niche. When Patrick Oxtoby’ s fianc?e breaks off their engagement, he leaves home and moves to a remote seaside village. In spite of his hopes for a new and better life, Patrick struggles to fit in and make the right impression. Certain that his new friends are conspiring against him, and with his already fragile personality further fractured, he takes a course of action that permanently alters his life.

This Is How is a mesmerizing and meticulously drawn portrait of a man whose unease in the world leads to his tragic undoing. With breathtaking wisdom and astute insight into the human mind, Hyland’ s latest is a masterpiece that arouses horror and sympathy in equal measure.

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Canongate Books

Two editions of this book were published by Canongate Books.

Editions: 1847673821, 184767383X

Penguin Australia

Two editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 1921520531, 1921656484

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