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At Swim, Two Boys - Jamie O'Neill
At Swim, Two Boys
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A truly original - and utterly compulsive - novel, reminiscent of MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN and A SUITABLE BOY for its scope and vitality. Set in Dublin and its near surrounds AT SWIM, TWO BOYS follows the turbulent year to Easter 1916. At its core it tells the love of two boys, Jim, a naive and... show more
A truly original - and utterly compulsive - novel, reminiscent of MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN and A SUITABLE BOY for its scope and vitality. Set in Dublin and its near surrounds AT SWIM, TWO BOYS follows the turbulent year to Easter 1916. At its core it tells the love of two boys, Jim, a naive and reticent scholar, the younger son of foolish, aspirant shopkeeper Mr Mack, and Doyler, the dark rough diamond son of Mr Mack's old army pal. Out at the Forty Foot, that great jut of rock where gentlemen bathe in the scandalous nude, the two boys meet day after day. There they make a pact: that Doyler will teach Jim to swim, and in a year, they will swim the bay to the distant beacon of the Muglins rock, to raise the Green and claim it for themselves. As Ireland sets forth towards her uncertain glory there unfolds a love story of the utmost tenderness, carrying the reader through the turbulence of the times like a full blown sail. AT SWIM, TWO BOYS is written with great verve and mastery. It shares those elements that are the marks of all great books - the breadth of its canvas, the skill of its brush, the intensity of its subjects and, above all, the shining light of its humanity.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780743207140 (0743207149)
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 643
Edition language: English
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Linda78
Linda78 rated it
0.0 At Swim, Two Boys - DNF at 19%
The dialect is just too much for me to slog through. It's very heavy early 1900s Irish brogue and slang, both in the dialogue, which would be one thing, but also in the narrative, so it's pretty much non-stop. Every time Mr. Mack is on the page, the narrative gets choppy and random on top of that. A...
A Man With An Agenda
A Man With An Agenda rated it
4.0 At Swim, Two Boys
In 1915 Jim Mack works in his father's shop, takes teasing from his older brother in stride and weathers the remarks of the other, wealthy, boys at his Catholic school. Life is fixed. One of the brothers insists he may have a vocation, his father has his own plans for him, and Jim is content to let ...
Towers of Books Come Tumbling Down!
Towers of Books Come Tumbling Down! rated it
5.0 At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill
Rating: 5.5/5 (It was that brilliant!)Summary: At its core, this is a love story. Two 16 year old boys, a college boy, Jim Mack and a laborer, Doyler Doyle, make a pact to practice swimming for a year so on Easter of 1916 (unknowingly to them a time of the Easter Rising and Irish rebellion), they wi...
newwavepolly
newwavepolly rated it
Harrowing and heartbreaking. I'll probably gush about this book in the future, and eventually upgrade it to my favourites shelf. But I still don't believe I can reasonably give it more than 4 stars. I was so focused on the main characters, the main plotline, that I probably didn't pay as much attent...
La Mala *the mean girl*
La Mala *the mean girl* rated it
4.0 At Swim, Two Boys
Normalmente , prefiero no leer historias trágicas , es decir , libros de este estilo que te dejan un sabor amargo cuando lo terminás ... pero At Swim , two Boys , lo empecé (con reservas) y no pude dejarlo hasta el final . Excelente. Casi .“Listen to me. When you’d touch me, I won’t be jumping, I wo...
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