Cowboys and Indians

Cowboys and Indians

by Joseph O'Connor
     
 

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Joseph O’Connor’s first novel is a sharply focused and realistic story about a thoroughly unlikable Irish guitar-hero who nevertheless manages to capture the reader’s sympathy amidst a bewildering array of London acid house ravers and saloon-bar revolutionaries.

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Joseph O’Connor’s first novel is a sharply focused and realistic story about a thoroughly unlikable Irish guitar-hero who nevertheless manages to capture the reader’s sympathy amidst a bewildering array of London acid house ravers and saloon-bar revolutionaries.

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Library Journal
Eddie Virago leaves Dublin for what he hopes will be brighter prospects in London, taking only his guitar and mohawk haircut to aid his search for glory. Neither the rock group he forms nor the girlfriend he picks up manages to survive his extended crawl through the lowlife and seedy scenes of present-day London, where he meets, parties with, and cons a motley cast of similar wannabes. Only readers with a dedicated interest in a light but limited tale of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll (told with a limited but repetitive vocabulary of profanity) will truly appreciate this novel by the brother of Sinead O'Connor.-- Ann Donovan, St. Petersburg Junior Coll. Lib., Fla.
Angus Trimnell
Eddie Virago is a guitarist and an unyielding progressive from Dublin who talks of South Africa, Nicaragua, and the struggle of the proletariat. He wears his hair in a mohican, which is, to him, a statement of sorts. "Cowboys and Indians" charts his move to London as the reader learns, through his every word, gesture, and thought, that Eddie's big problem is that he is unable to consider or communicate honestly with anyone outside of his ego. This first novel by O'Connor, an award-winning Irish short-storyist, escapes being dominated by this self-centered dolt by placing him among interesting situations and characters (e.g., his talkative East Indian landlord, and his lover's poor, noseless father). O'Connor has a nice touch with narrative, and although nothing makes this novel a compelling buy, it will be good for larger fiction collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781856190435
Publisher:
Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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