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John the Revelator

3 Ratings: 2.3
A book by Peter Murphy

Product Description  Already fast becoming a classic among coming-of-age tales,John the Revelatorhas garnered praise from Nick Laird, Colm Tóibín, Roddy Doyle, and John Boyne, and is a critical darling in the U.K.This is the story … see full wiki

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Author: Peter Murphy
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
3 reviews about John the Revelator
review by . April 19, 2010
...and the dark humor and captivating prose kept me enthralled. With John the Revelator, I was confronted with a coming of age novel (a genre I still enjoy in my early middle years) unlike any I'd ever read. I say confronted because, at times, reading of John Devine's travails was was almost like an assault on my senses. Murphy has a love of the written word that shines through, even when he's using them to slap the reader upside the face.      John's boyhood was so very different …
review by . July 06, 2009
John Belushi once said, "Those Irishman love their mothers! Boy do they love their mothers!" This novel proves it, in a drawn-out, affecting way. The main character narrates his misspent youth, his attraction to a dissolute friend, his dalliances with drugs and the local hoods, but the towering central character of this novel is his mother, a promethean force who dominates him even as she withers away, leaving a howling vacuum in his life. There are descriptive passages of prose signifying that …
review by . June 22, 2009
This bog-gothic coming-of-age novel moves rapidly, if obliquely, into an off-kilter portrayal of small-town Irish savagery, mystery, and unsolved goings-on. I read this story quickly, and its pace pleased me. I finished it puzzled, but this did not displease me. It's not a tidy novel, rather a dreamlike one as ordinary and ethereal, menacing and disjointed, as dreams often can combine their telling to us.    Murphy's not the Peter M. of (musical) Bauhaus fame, although his publicity …
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