At the height of the Troubles, Mervyn returns from America to his native Ulster, only to find the specter of bombs and political murder hanging over his idyllic Carmincross. This is the timely reissue of Benedict Kiely's novel about a land riven by terrorism. Benedict Kiely was one of the most celebrated Irish writers of the twentieth century. He died in February 2007....
|Title||:||Nothing Happens in Carmincross|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
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Nothing Happens in Carmincross Reviews
Another word-drunk Irishman, God bless him. The story concerns a man returning home to Ireland for a wedding, but it becomes a journey through the past, and a catalog of history's woes, including many cases from 'the troubles.' This one particularly struck my fancy, since it's about my hometown and is an incident I remember well.“Then over there in Memphis, Tenn., a soul singer who sold twenty millions discs in four years sat happy in his bath when a lady slapped him in the back with a panful of soul food: sizzling hot grits, which in the morning in Memphis you maun eat whether you like them or not. Alas, poor soul, having slapped the soul singer with a panful of the food his soul desired, as the hart panteth after water, grit burns on arms, back, and belly, she wrote a note and shot herself, singing her sad swan song: The more I trust you the more you let me down. You don’t know how deep my love is for you, and you turned your back on me without knowing the facts. Grits. To the sweet, farewell, Hot hominy grits.”
Wow. This one took forever to get through. It's a maddening book, perhaps reflecting the complexity and insanity of the Troubles, but it was difficult to follow, and damned depressing. There are moments of beauty and humor, but they are sprinkled within the darkness of the rest of the tale. Kiely is best known for his short stories, and I can see his style (assuming this is representative) working well there. I'll definitely sample a volume, but I'm amazed I managed to finish this one.
I was very interested in the politics of this time in Ireland but I just couldn't like the literary style of the novel or the main character.