In the Season of the Daisies (2020)

In the Season of the Daisies In five big stupid eejits botch a muddle headed IRA action As the result of their mighty blow for freedoma midnight massacre of porter barrels at a Protestant bottling houseyoung Willie Doolin i
  • Title: In the Season of the Daisies
  • Author: Tom Phelan
  • ISBN: 9781568581088
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the Season of the Daisies
    In 1921, five big stupid eejits botch a muddle headed IRA action As the result of their mighty blow for freedoma midnight massacre of porter barrels at a Protestant bottling houseyoung Willie Doolin is brutally murdered and his twin brother Seanie is beaten and traumatized, escaping with his life, but not his sanity 27 years later, the events of that night are revealedIn 1921, five big stupid eejits botch a muddle headed IRA action As the result of their mighty blow for freedom a midnight massacre of porter barrels at a Protestant bottling house young Willie Doolin is brutally murdered and his twin brother Seanie is beaten and traumatized, escaping with his life, but not his sanity 27 years later, the events of that night are revealed through the interior monologues of Phelan s dramatis personae Seanie Doolin, forever 13 years old, endlessly reliving his brother s death in his struggle to twist the story to a different ending Enda McKenna, the doctor who has drowned his life and career in drink and remorse Father Quinn, the hate mongering priest who bleeds the town dry to erect a monument to himself Peetie Mahon, Seanie s persistent nemesis Guard McSwaine, whose masturbatory ruminations and impending comeuppance provide welcome comic relief and Mr Sheehan, the schoolteacher and town conscience who sees through them all With echoes of Faulkner and Joyce, each chapter contributes a new voice and an alternate view of events to the emerging, composite truth Phelan s exquisite economy of form is akin to musical composition themes are taken up, passed to a new voice, developed, and returned in a new key There are no inessential elements everyone and everything is integral to the denouement IN THE SEASON OF THE DAISIES is an astonishing debut novel that weds sheer mastery of c

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    One Reply to “In the Season of the Daisies”

    1. So my dad write this boo, maybe this review is biased This is his first of four published novels I think it is the best his writing style has been compared to James Joyce, and it mos def fits into Literary Fiction Each chapter is first person from a different character, As the novel progresses you learn the story of the Doolan twins, murder and insanity in a small town in Ireland early 20th century A truly Irish book, haunting, sad and poetic.

    2. Wow, talk about brutal This is an absolutely heart wrenching story, but beautifully crafted The best of Irish storytelling Brilliant.

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