Long Time, No See

Long Time, No See

Book - 2012
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The funny, moving, long-awaited masterwork from "Ireland's finest living novelist" (Roddy Doyle)

Celebrated Irish author Dermot Healy's first novel in more than ten years is a rich, beguiling, compassionate, and wonderfully funny story about community, family, love, and bonds across generations.

Set in an isolated coastal town in northwest Ireland, Long Time, No See centers around an unforgettable cast of innocents and wounded, broken misfits. The story is narrated by a young man known as Mister Psyche who takes up with and is then drawn into a series of bemusing and unsettling misadventures with two men some fifty years his senior--his grand uncle Joejoe and Joejoe's neighbor The Blackbird--wonderful, eccentric characters full of ancient jealousies and grudges and holding some very dark secrets.

Written with great lyrical power and a vivid sense of place and published to rapturous reviews in England and Ireland, Long Time, No See is a sad-comic tapestry of life and death that celebrates the incredibly rich lives of ordinary people.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012
ISBN: 9780670023608
Branch Call Number: F Hea


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Jul 05, 2013

One can hear Healy's voice as he narrates the story of Joe-Joe and Blackbird and their extended family. This is a novel about community and bonds across generations in Western Ireland. Healy says nothing directly, and communicates the texture of life in Western Ireland without relying on much plot. An authentic and original voice. Recommended.

readtoday May 14, 2012

Having first discovered the narrative of Dermot Healy, and in his work "The Bend for Home", I am delighted to see his name on a new work. Healy is a native son of Ireland, and is also a playwright. In this bittersweet tale of family celebration and loss, his characters could be some of my own ancestors, so real they are!/



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