Boyne's Lassie

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Boyne is back! From the author of "Irish Wine" comes the return of the bawdy, boisterous Seamus Boyne. Now middle-aged and at the height of his celebrity, Boyne is a world-renowned painter, and ladies' man of heroic proportions. Madly in love with life, he stages his own death to escape the burdens of fame. When his estranged 17-year-old daughter, Tory, hears of her father's death, she defies her mother and travels from New York to Ireland to attend his funeral, setting in motion a rollicking misadventure of ...
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Overview

Boyne is back! From the author of "Irish Wine" comes the return of the bawdy, boisterous Seamus Boyne. Now middle-aged and at the height of his celebrity, Boyne is a world-renowned painter, and ladies' man of heroic proportions. Madly in love with life, he stages his own death to escape the burdens of fame. When his estranged 17-year-old daughter, Tory, hears of her father's death, she defies her mother and travels from New York to Ireland to attend his funeral, setting in motion a rollicking misadventure of kidnapping and mistaken identity. "Boyne's Lassie" is a hilarious, picaresque romp through the back alleys, bedrooms and moldering castles of the Irish countryside.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tory Boyne, the dubious heroine of this slight novel, is the daughter of renowned, recently deceased painter Seamus Boyne (hero of Wimmer's "Irish Wine"). When she travels to Ireland from the U.S. for his funeral, she discovers that Boyne has faked his own death in the interests of continuing his hedonistic lifestyle free from the trammels of fame. The libertine painter is out of luck, however, for Tory is soon kidnapped and held for ransom, and it's up to Boyne to save her. This involves a most unlikely chain of events, which brings father and daughter to a castle where Boyne's wife, estranged from him for nearly 20 years, appears to rekindle her affections. the last and perhaps least credible twist in this energetic romp. Boyne is a sexist boor whose clearly lecherous attitude towards his daughter waivers between incest and exploitation (he wants her as his artist's model). Helping the unattractive Boyne to mar the novel are geographical inaccuracies and appalling stage-Irish dialogue. Wimmer even gets the currency wrong. In this case hardly the soul of wit, brevity's the sole attraction of this helter-skelter farce.
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Wimmer adds another chapter to the life of Seamus Boyne ("Irish Wine", "Mercury", 1989), world-renowned painter. In this lighthearted novella he is middle-aged, at the height of his celebrity, and about to be reunited with Tory, his estranged 17-year-old daughter. When Boyne fakes his own death, Tory, against her mother's wishes, flies to Dublin to attend the funeral for the father she barely knew. It doesn't take long for Tory to discover the truth, and then the fun begins. The story, narrated in alternate chapters by Tory and Seamus, escalates into a no-holds-barred romp through Ireland, complete with disguises, kidnapping attempts, and plenty of opportunities for father and daughter to get to know each other. For public libraries. Dianna Moeller, WLN, Lacey, WA
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"Boyne?!" exclaims a brogue-burred Kevin Flynn in Wimmer's sequel to "Irish Wine" (1988), "Holy Mother of God, is there no killin' ya off?" Sean Boyne, a brawling, drunken Irish painter who hung out with Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko at the Cedar Tavern, and stumbled antiheroically through Wimmer's previous shaggy-dog story, is now so famous as Ireland's dubious "heir to Picasso" that he's faked his own death—just to get away from all that adulation—on the eve of his 'Time' magazine cover story. Currently masquerading as a monk, he enjoys free stouts in his favorite pubs and happens to drop in on his funeral, where he spies Tory, his slender, fabulously beautiful daughter by his first wife, Laura. For Tory, who had been miffed that her mom wouldn't leave Baltimore and her new "Republican fund-raiser" husband to attend the wake, this strange, manic, bearded monk on a motorcycle seems just one more colorful scallywag of the type attracted to her fatherþuntil he blurts out the truth. Before a teary, whiskey-soaked reunion can take place, Tory is kidnaped by a mystery man in a yellow jacket who knows Boyne is alive. Boyne panics and calls Laura. Laura gets mad and flies to Ireland. Dublin's gossip-network informs Boyne that Tory is being held captive at a nursing home, where she's being forced to eat cabbage and listen to Beatles tunes. Boyne, when he's not wallowing in erotic reveries about his dead wife Ciara (blown up by an IRA bomb meant for Mountbatten) and trusty dog Poldy, sets off to rescue Tory and make a mess of things. Laura finds him, vanquishes the inept kidnapper, and there are tears and hugs aplenty at a press conference featuring the resurrected Boyne.Short, silly, and sentimental: Wimmer's cartoon happily indulges stereotypes about drunken Irishmen and New York School painters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780944072882
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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