From Out of the City

From Out of the City

From Out of the City Dublin some years from now and the President of the United States has just been assassinated during a state dinner in his honour The official account has already taken hold but a hawk eyed octogenar

  • Title: From Out of the City
  • Author: John Kelly
  • ISBN: 9781628970005
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dublin, some years from now, and the President of the United States has just been assassinated during a state dinner in his honour The official account has already taken hold but a hawk eyed octogenarian named Monk, believing that there s nothing that cannot be known, has a version of his own a dark and twisted tale of both the watcher and the watched Nothing gets pasDublin, some years from now, and the President of the United States has just been assassinated during a state dinner in his honour The official account has already taken hold but a hawk eyed octogenarian named Monk, believing that there s nothing that cannot be known, has a version of his own a dark and twisted tale of both the watcher and the watched Nothing gets past a man as invisible as me, he says, introducing us to a cast of damaged characters he has kept under the strictest surveillance for years Chief among them is Schroeder, recently sacked from Trinity College, where he once taught the Presidential daughter, and is now wandering the city streets in a medicated fugue as sinister and violent events begin to take control of his life.But this, says Monk, is no thriller or invented tale of suspense It is, he insists, an honest and faithful record of breakage and distress at a time when dysfunction personal, local, national, global and even cosmic pervades all A time when everything is already broken and when, in many ways, the shooting of a pill popping President is neither here nor there The only thing that matters, Monk tells us, is the truth And this is why, stationed high in his attic room with a Stoli in a highball, he does what he does There s divinity in it, he says And a modicum of love.

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    The greats of Irish modernism (Joyce, Beckett and O' Brien) have had little impact on writers within Ireland in recent decades. A new generation, however, has begun to reject the realist tradition which has prevailed for far too long. John Kelly is one of those who has recognised the virtues of linguistic gymnastics, non-sequential narratives and caustic wit. Envisioning a Dublin four decades into the future, Kelly creates a paranoid poetry from the misshapen residents of a misbegotten city in w [...]

    Quite funny, inventive language and top wordplay, frenetic absurd antics . . . not really engaged or interested enough to probe the second half, alas.

    From freeburner.wordpressThe President of the United States has been assassinated in Dublin Castle. His daughter is studying in her bomb-proofed rooms when she receives the news. The world is spinning with all manner of reports from all the usual commentators but our narrator is here to finally tell the real story.That narrator is an 84 year old man named Monk, after Thelonius Monk. He’s got stacks of notebooks, photographs and cuttings in his abode, along with a bank of monitors that link him [...]

    I really enjoyed this book.It is wonderfully written and the characters are very inventive.I would've liked if there was more descriptions of the city 40 years on,as I found the dilapidated state of the city intriguing,and it was one of the main reasons I bought the book after hearing John Kelly on Radio 1 talking about the setting,and how it was futuristic without being sci-fi.I must also say I found the explanation and descriptions of parts of the narrative in later chapters quite annoying.Stu [...]

    As I walked into my local library this summer one of the librarians greeted me with a, 'hey I've being waiting to give you this'. It is a great read. A times it reminded me of Terry Pratchett or Flan O'Brien in that it was slightly surreal. I found myself disliking a character and then pages later seeing life from his point of view and then disliking someone else only to be converted all over again. It was a great read and I'll be looking for more of John Kelly's work.

    I felt relief when reading this book. That there are still writers at work in Ireland with this this type of vision and these sensibilities, carrying on a tradition of narrative inventiveness and scything wit. I enjoyed every single sentence. And was spooked a little by the writer's prescience: stuff happens in this novel that happened in Dublin in the past year - protesters being mown down by/throwing themselves in front of (depending on your POV!) government cars etc.An amazing novel.

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