John the Revelator

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Faber, 2009 - Adolescence - 254 pages
16 Reviews
This is the story of John Devine -- stuck in a small town in the eerie landscape of Southeast Ireland, worried over by his single, chain-smoking, bible-quoting mother, Lily, and spied on by the "neighborly" Mrs. Nagle. When Jamey Corboy, a self-styled Rimbaudian boy wonder, arrives in town, John's life suddenly seems full of possibility. His loneliness dissipates. He is taken up by mischief and discovery, hiding in the world beyond as Lily's mysterious illness worsens. But Jamey and John's nose for trouble may be their undoing and soon John will be faced with a terrible moral dilemma. Joining the ranks of the great novels of friendship and betrayal -- "A Separate Peace, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha "--"John the Revelator "grapples with the pull of the world and the hold of those we love. Suffused with family secrets, eerie imagery, black humor, and hypnotic prose, "John the Revelator "is a novel to fall in love with and an astounding debut.

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It is well written in evocative and beautiful prose. - Goodreads
The 240 pages blew by with a satisfying ending. - Goodreads
The ending seemed to just...end. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Belle Wood - Goodreads

The debut novel by the ex-singer of Bauhaus, and is as literary and artistic as you would expect. The mispent youth of an outsider growing up in a small Irish village, it's at times dark and heavy. Read full review

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User Review  - Riley Edwards - Goodreads

An achingly beautiful book. Written from the perspective of the title character, John, it tells a dark, heady tale of growing up and coming to understand himself and, increasingly, his relationship ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Peter F. Murphy is the Assistant Dean and an Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at SUNY, Empire State College.

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