This Is the Way



This Is the Way A mesmerizing tale of a young man on the run in Dublin, from a startling new voice in Irish fictionAnthony Sonaghan is hiding out in an old tenement house in Dublin He fears he s reignited an ancient feud between the two halves of his family twenty first century Dublin may have shopping malls and foreign exchange students, but Anthony is from an Irish Travelling community, where blood ties are bound deeply to the past.When his roguish uncle Arthur shows up on his doorstep with a missing toe, delirious and apparently on the run, history and its troubles are following close behind him and Anthony will soon have to face the question of who he really is.In prose of exceptional vividness, Gavin Corbett brings us a narrator with the power to build a new, previously unimagined world His language, shot through with dreams and myths, summons a vision of Ireland in which a premodern spirit has somehow survived into contemporary life, brooding and overlooked Funny, terrible, unsettling, fiercely unsentimental, This Is the Way is haunted by some of Ireland s greatest writers even as it breaks new ground and asks afresh why the imagination is so necessary to survival. Free Read Books This Is the Way by Gavin Corbett – therehabboutique.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • This Is the Way
  • Gavin Corbett
  • English
  • 04 February 2018
  • 0865478910

10 thoughts on “This Is the Way

  1. Tuck says:

    set in 21st century dublin, but told through a young man hiding from his irish traveler family, they want to kill him and should so nice juxtaposition of tribal rules and customs and modern life told in a clumsy, half literate style though this comes and goes, from elemental buh buh buh, to relating about many of ireland s literary greats to evoke the outsider, traveler mindset if you are at all interested in ireland, irish literary history, and outsiders, a great novel though i would set in 21st century dublin, but told through a young man hiding from his irish traveler family, they want to kill him and should so nice juxtaposition of tribal rules and customs and modern life told in a...

  2. Juliette says:

    If I could give it a 3.5 I would such clamorous praise on the back cover from the likes of John Burnside, Emma Donoghue, Colum McCann didn t quite live up to the hype Liked the structuring device that slowly revealed pl...

  3. Barbara says:

    In the end, this book came together The story is about two feuding Traveler families At times, I got lost as to who was narrating Most of the actions takes place in and around Dublin, and seems to be in current times The writing style included ...

  4. Jackie says:

    A strange book, written in the voice of an Irish Traveller Takes a while to get into the flow of the language and theme as the Narrator, Anthony Sonaghan is fairly illiterate, but well worth pursuing.

  5. Niamh Anne King says:

    I was intrigued by this book after picking it up as a Blind Date With a Book from Elizabeth s Bookshop in Newtown, Sydney It sounded very promising After ten pages I wasn t feeling it but, I pushed on At 35 pages I thought it was finally going somewhere Nope By 100 pages, I gave up There s an interesting concept that I feel could have been better developed that could have made it as gripping as John Steinbeck s East of Eden It had the essence, yet, it lacked the substance The langua I was intrigued by this book after picking it up as a Blind Date With a Book from Elizabeth s Bookshop in Newtown, Sydney It sounded very promising After ten pa...

  6. Izzy says:

    not a fan of this onesorry the whole feuding family element was the only thing I found interesting the rest was kinda all over the place in my opinion

  7. Nick Phillips says:

    This novel fits into a tradition that, to me at least feels farAmerican than Irish though maybe its traveller characters havein common with those from the American west than they do with their Irish compatriots Tonally and in parts stylistically this reminds me of Shepherd, Albee and most of all Cormac McCarthy in this it has a truly mythic quality to it and a language that is as key a character as any in the novel.To some extent it is a bit style over substance as not an awful lot This novel fits into a tradition that, to me at least feels farAmerican than Irish though maybe its traveller characters havein common with those from the American west than they do with their Irish compatriots Tonally and in parts stylistically this reminds me of Shepherd, Albee and most of all Cormac McCarthy in this it has a truly mythic quality to it and a language that is as key a character as any in the novel.To some extent it is a bit style over substance as not an awful lot happens and as the end approaches one starts to feel that it needs a further 100 pages or so in order to really do its characters justice but that aside if it is style over substance then the style is totally worth it The whole 230 pages run basically as a monologue and while it reads as narration it would work equally well on stage performed as just that with the entirety of the text being written in Anthony Monaghan s voice For the first 20 pa...

  8. Dermot says:

    Hard going, but finally finished Two major problems with this The first is that the whole thing is written in the internal voice of the narrator, Anthony, an Irish Traveller So it s 230 pages of Them were the days them weeks with Arthur in that room that house I would think well of him and there were days I was angry the trials could have come down on me Interesting for a few pages, but wearying over the long haul having to read sentences twice The second problem is that it s basically pl Hard going, but finally finished Two major problems with this The first is that the whole thing is written in the internal voice of the narrator, Anthony, an Irish T...

  9. Aine says:

    Anthony s is a new voice in literature he is the son of a Sonaghan and a Gilleroo, a pair of families who s feud is so old that only fables remain of its origin He has come to Dublin to keep a low profile, and lives in fear of meeting one of his hostile cousins Joined by his uncle, Arthur, he looks back at the events that have brought his life to this lonely place.Written in his speaking voice, Anthony tells his story of isolation and loss and unease Although this could never have been a con Anthony s is a new voice in literature he is the son of a Sonaghan and a Gilleroo, a pair of families who s feud is so old that only fables remain of its origin He has come to Dublin to keep a low profile, and lives in fear of meeting one of his hostile cousins Joined by his uncle, Arthur, he looks back at the events that have brought his life to this lonely place.Written in his spe...

  10. Emily Philbin says:

    There were aspects of this book I really enjoyed very distinct voice, intriguing insights to the life of a traveler, seeing Dublin through such a character s eyes, the flashbacks and family history stories, and most of all the creation myth...

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