Dermot Healy A Goat's Song

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A Goat's Song

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Jack Ferris, playwright, drunk, is mired in contemplative misery in a fisherman's cottage on the windy bleak west coast of Ireland. Mourning his love affair with Catherine Adams, an actress and Protestant from the North, he summons her instead in his imagination. In doing so, he tells the story of her father Jonathan, failed parson and retired RUC man, shamed into exile by a moment of violence in Derry years ago. Masterly, elegiac, A Goat's Song conjures the contrasting landscapes and opposing myths of a nation divided.

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'A Goat's Song, the story of two savage break-ups, is a rare and powerful book . . . At the end, intellectually aroused, emotionally wrenched, stunned with the imagery of place and drink and crumpled hopes, I was literally shaking.' (E. Annie Proulx)

'A Goat's Song is one of the big Irish novels. It's a wrangle, an existential tussle, one of those books that makes its own language.' (Anne Enright)

'It is a beautiful piece of work; no doubt about it, the real stuff.' (James Kelman)

'I have read A Goat's Song three times now and I am going back to read it again . . . it haunts my dreams.' (Patrick McCabe)

'It is in its scope that A Goat's Song is most impressive. Healy interweaves a not quite documentary verisimilitude of landscape with the taut strands of the novel's strident, yet cloistered romance. His portrayal of the myths of Belfast and the West coast pierces through the stereotypes, while helping us to see clearly the justification for their existence . . . This wonderful celebration and lament creates its own hunger, its own momentum.' (Tom Adair Independent)

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'One of the most powerful pieces of fiction to emerge from Ireland in the past few decades.' Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books

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