James Mangan is a failed poet and when he is deserted by his beautiful wife his life is devastated. Searching among his father's papers he finds a photo of an Irish ancestor, also a poet. In search of his past he uncovers a sad, violent history of incest and madness .
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""The Mangan Inheritance" is a gift. A fine novelistic legacy. So much so that most readers will resent the last page and greedily (but oh so justifiably) demand more Moore." --Robert Gish, "The Chicago Tribune"
""The Mangan Inheritance "is a gift. A fine novelistic legacy. So much so that most readers will resent the last page and greedily (but oh so justifiably) demand more Moore."
--Robert Gish, "The Chicago Tribune"
"What amazes about Brian Moore is the consistency of excellent that runs like a rich vein of gold through all his novels. The Mangan Inheritance is both scary and erotic, a primitive and visceral tour de force about the imperfections of blood and birthright.--John Gregory Dunne
"A search for roots in an Ireland without malarkey which evnds with a Grand Guignol revelation. A master work by a consummate storyteller at the top of his form."--Josh Greenfield
"The Mangan Inheritance is a wonderful fictional antidote to the present craving for roots, and at the same time a sardonic and witty and winning novel in the powerful Moore tradition."--Richard Ellmann
"Another strange and wonderful fantasy from Brian Moore.... Life, as all ironists know, is not just what one might have expected. Dreams and mystery as well as irony are prominent qualities of Brian Moore's fiction."--Margaret Manning, The Boston Globe
"Brian Moore's reputation as a supremely entertaining 'serious' writer is secure."--Joyce Carol Oates
"The Mangan Inheritance is a gift. A fine novelistic legacy. So much so that most readers will resent the last page and greedily (but oh so justifiably) demand more Moore."
--Robert Gish, The Chicago Tribune
James Mangan, a none too successful poet, finds he has also failed in love when his beautiful, acclaimed actress wife suddenly deserts him. Seeking solace in his father’s country lodge, Mangan comes across a mysterious photograph of his doppelgänger, an Irish ancestor who was also a poet. Excited at the prospect of uncovering a previously hidden lyrical past, he sets off for Ireland, but is shocked to discover instead a violent history of intrigue, incest and madness...
‘'The Mangan Inheritance' is a marvellous book. The storytelling is faultless and I have read no book recently that had in greater measure that quality for which no superior word need be sought but ‘unputdownability’ ... a superb product of the imagination.’
PAUL ABLEMAN, 'Spectator'
‘A passionately detailed and evocative work... what’s exceptionally good is the way it sustains the powerful, simple idea of the quest inside the worrying, edgy details of a modern life.’
HERMIONE LEE, 'Observer'
‘Brian Moore is a highly intelligent writer who has the enviable ability to make you want to go on turning the pages.’
A.N. WILSON, 'Evening Standard'
‘Moore is one of the boldest and most inventive contemporary novelists.’
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Book Description Flamingo, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6548334