Long Time No See

Long Time No See

Book - 2011
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Long Time, No See introduces us to the unforgettable world of Mister Psyche in the isolated coastal townland of Ballintra in the north-west of Ireland. Recent school-leaver, occasional worker, full-time companion and Malibu-provider to Uncle Joe-Joe and his friend The Blackbird, Psyche is a boy on the cusp of adulthood, undone by a recent traumatic event.

Hanging out with men some fifty-plus years his senior proves hazardous for Mister Psyche when the appearance of a bullet-hole in Uncle Joe-Joes window draws him into a series of (mis)adventures which unsettle and bemuse. Perhaps The Blackbird is losing it? Or perhaps The General has decided to act on a decades-old grudge? Whichever way, as the paranoia grabs a creeping hold of Uncle Joe-Joe, his fragile world threatens to collapse. And it is Mister Psyche who must digest this and acknowledge the new world taking shape in the old.

A novel about community, family, love and bonds across generations, Long Time, No See is one of the most significant novels to come out of Ireland in this new century. An epic in miniature, peopled by a cast of innocents and broken misfits, its still, lyrical power casts a miraculous literary spell.

Publisher: Toronto : McArthur, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781552788776
Branch Call Number: HEA
Characteristics: 438 pages ;,23 cm

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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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