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The Spinning Heart

Ryan, Donal (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Spinning Heart

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The rural residents of the county of Tipperary deal in their own ways with the financial collapse of the Irish economy.
Authors: Ryan, Donal, 1977-
Title: The spinning heart
Publisher: Hanover, New Hampshire :, Steerforth Press,, 2014.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Characteristics: 159 pages ;,22 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "First published in Ireland in 2012 by The Lilliput Press."--T.p. verso.
Summary: The rural residents of the county of Tipperary deal in their own ways with the financial collapse of the Irish economy.
ISBN: 9781781620076
Statement of Responsibility: Donal Ryan
Subject Headings: City and town life Ireland Fiction. Financial crises Ireland Fiction. Ireland Fiction.
Topical Term: City and town life
Financial crises
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Aug 10, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Guardian First Book Award. In a post-Celtic Tiger Irish village, 21 voices tell the story of their despair. Unfortunately, the voices are almost indistinguishable and there is nothing on the underlying reasons for the failure of the economy.

Jul 17, 2014
  • buzzyants rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sensational. I could not put it down.

Wonderful imagery ..gift for language, listening and feeling.

Am looking forward to his next book

"Narrated by unforgettably distinct characters -- one chapter per character -- who relay some of the same events, this dialect-rich novel follows a small Irish town in the aftermath of the country's financial collapse. Their own major employer, a construction company, has folded, bringing about rising tensions and violence as resources become increasingly hard to come by. The narrators, who share their own experiences, also build a picture of one Bobby Mahon, who enjoys a reputation as an upstanding citizen but may not entirely deserve it. Though necessarily bleak and grey, this engaging and occasionally humorous debut won the Guardian First Book Award and may appeal to fans of Tana French's Broken Harbour, which depicts a murder investigation in a similarly stricken Ireland." Fiction A to Z April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/dfef437d-ef88-41c9-a7e1-229a907a8f88?postId=8ed16493-2fe1-4059-b706-6d0ff80212e7

Oct 23, 2013
  • callaottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent characterization and vivid description of lives in hard times. A little bleak but well worth the read to the end.

Oct 05, 2013
  • Laphroaig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Extremely well crafted. Twenty-one distinct voices contribute to a coherent whole. I cared about the characters and their perspectives.


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