Solar Bones

Solar Bones

Paperback - 2017
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"On All Souls Day, the late Marcus Conway returns home [in a novel] that captures in a single relentless sentence the life and death of this rural Irish engineer, and his place in the globally interconnected 21st century"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781616958534
Characteristics: 217 pages ; 22 cm


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In the tradition of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, this Irish novel is written in one sentence, with no periods. Great for those who enjoy a challenging read, but don't be too scared off. The writing is structured in a way that makes it more readable than you first expect. Marcus Conway, an engi... Read More »

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Aug 06, 2019

I tried to read this stream of consciousness novel but gave up after ten or so pages. It was too difficult to read and also very depressing! The author must have been on drugs! Life is too short for me.

Apr 17, 2019

This is the story of an ordinary man set in County Mayo in contemporary times. A very enjoyable read.

Apr 15, 2019

Very good writing, but neither the characters nor the story interested me very much.

Why oh why did the author take a perfectly good story and use this contrived form to write an unreadable novel? There are no periods and a few commas sprinkled through out the chapters. This is stream of consciousness at its worse. It helped when I flipped to the last 5 pages to get a grip on what was happening to the character, then I went back to read a bit more, but the jumble of thoughts without punctuation finally defeated me. This author is arrogant and oblivious to the comfort of his readers.

Aug 06, 2018

Flowing sentences with little punctuation. The story of family life and work, environment, politics, economy in a small Irish town written in fluid, beautiful style that feels like a mix of news reports and comments, diary entries, musings.

Jan 20, 2018

I had no idea just how unlike this was to any other novel I've read. What a treat, to be able to enjoy a truly unique oeuvre. I'm now a McCormackianista!

RDPL_AdultFiction Nov 04, 2017

McCormack has written a sentence on what it is to be human that continues through 217 pages. There is no punctuation to end his tender and poetic sentence and this is as it should be because his words will continue to reverberate in your mind for days.

Oct 22, 2017

Marcus Conway in bardo in his kitchen window sees his whole life and the life of Louisburgh, County Mayo flash before him. Infrastructure and geology intersect world news, the contamination of the water supply and human foibles in the spirit of an engineer. A fascinating haunting elegy that reminds me of Jim Crace, might have been easier in pieces.

Oct 05, 2017

Longlisted for the Mann Booker prize, another fabulous Irish writer "erasing the line between the expternal, concrete world and the interior world of thought and feeling, memory and soul". That is was not shortlisted can only be explained by the British antipathy toward the Irish.


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RDPL_AdultFiction Nov 04, 2017

...I was overwhelmed with a sense of what a strange privilege it was to be able to sit in this coffee shop among people who did not wish me any harm and who would, more likely than not, be happy for me if they were to know that I was having a good day..


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