John the Revelator

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Fiction - 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 HaJohn 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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User Review  - EctopicBrain - LibraryThing

This was a very hard book for me to get into. I wasn't very taken in by the min character. Also there was so much Irish dialect that I totally didn't understand that it distracted me fro the story. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Dublin-based music journalist Murphy delivers a sharp sense of adolescence's gloom and irony in his jaw-dropping debut. Protagonist John Devine is born into a storm of biblical proportions. The ... Read full review

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PETER MURPHY is a writer and music journalist based in Dublin. He is a contributing editor with Dublin’s Hot Press magazine, and has written articles for Rolling Stone and other publications. He lives in the southeast of Ireland, in County Wexford, where he grew up.

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