John the Revelator

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Faber, 2009 - Adolescence - 254 pages
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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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Beautifully humane and sometimes nightmarish, this incredible debut novel by a noted music and culture editor, journalist, and critic recounts the life and times of John Devine, a 15-year-old boy who ... Read full review

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Liked the narrative voice. Irish growing up story with interesting characters and insertions of visions.

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About the author (2009)

Peter Murphy's 2009 novel John the Revelator was one of the most acclaimed Irish debuts of recent years, hailed as 'an absolutely wonderful novel' by Colm Toibin and 'a brilliant book' by Neil Jordan, it was shorltisted for both the Costa First Novel Award and the Kerry Group Prize for Fiction. He is also a freelance journalist and reporter for RTE's arts review show The Works. /

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