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At Swim, Two Boys

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Truth and Beauty

In a genre mired by middle-aged men vainly trying to pass off their fantasies of an idealized adolescance as 'literature,' it is indeed astounding to discover a work of true art. Though not perfect and at times difficult, O'Neill's novel surpasses all expectations and d...
In a genre mired by middle-aged men vainly trying to pass off their fantasies of an idealized adolescance as 'literature,' it is indeed astounding to discover a work of true art. Though not perfect and at times difficult, O'Neill's novel surpasses all expectations and delivers a heartbreaking story of love, war, political and personal identity, tragedy and redemption. The last chapter-- and indeeed the last two pages-- are without a doubt one of the best finales in literature and well worth the effort of reaching. Heads above any of its contemporaries, the novel ranks among the finest works of Modernism (and yes, I am refering to 'Ulysses' as well as Woolf's 'The Waves' or Elliot's 'The Waste Land'). It does, at times, suffer from the stereotypical hyper-masculinity that is prevalent in gay fiction (witness Doyler's near rape of the shop boy which is instigated by Doyler's rage towards the boy for being 'soft')as well as the questionable view of women in the novel; but these concerns pale in the sheer scope of the work and its gorgeous sea of language. Bravo, Mr. O'Neill! You have done your country (both Ireland and the gay community) proud! You have given us a true work of art bearing both truth and beauty.

posted by Anonymous on July 21, 2003

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

two boys , too awful

this book is absolutely awful,it's like reading an Irish dictionary, covered with over describing of every thought this author has had in the last ten years. Try writing a story next time thats readable. I liked the premise of the story, but my gosh, the rambling in thi...
this book is absolutely awful,it's like reading an Irish dictionary, covered with over describing of every thought this author has had in the last ten years. Try writing a story next time thats readable. I liked the premise of the story, but my gosh, the rambling in this book is totally beyond description. I would not recommend this book AT ALL.

posted by Anonymous on September 9, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2002

    All Love Does Ever Rightly Show Humanity Our Tenderness

    I had to chip away at this book, it took 3 tries-the language in my mouth is chunk...chunk... chunk and in my head clink..clunk...clunk. 1st try,2nd try- o bother, so I put it down. To say nothing of the size! 3rd try I'm going to do this dammit! and something happened...Jim meets Doyler and it just tears off with you in tow ready for a swim floundering alittle leading you by your hand to the 'beckoning sparkling reckless' sea. You'll stay up all hours,get mad ,laugh, cry (I did and I'm really macho) and mostly you'll get attached and not want any of it to end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    You guys really shouldn't buy books about gays if you cannot handle it.

    Seriously why? Gay people are awesome. Gay books are writen for a reason.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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