The Irish Wine Trilogy

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The Irish Wine Trilogy is the original group of short comic novels that first introduced Dick Wimmer’s beloved cast of characters, the same characters who most recently reappeared in The Wildly Irish Sextet.
In these novels, which span ten years and two continents, readers are introduced to Seamus Boyne, “the greatest painter since Picasso”; his old friend, erstwhile writer, and practicing pest-control specialist Gene Hagar; his beautiful Dutch wife—and Hagar’s lost love—Ciara;...
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Overview


The Irish Wine Trilogy is the original group of short comic novels that first introduced Dick Wimmer’s beloved cast of characters, the same characters who most recently reappeared in The Wildly Irish Sextet.
In these novels, which span ten years and two continents, readers are introduced to Seamus Boyne, “the greatest painter since Picasso”; his old friend, erstwhile writer, and practicing pest-control specialist Gene Hagar; his beautiful Dutch wife—and Hagar’s lost love—Ciara; and his estranged, rebellious teenage daughter, Tory. From the first pages, in which an overwrought Boyne’s suicide attempt is rudely interrupted by an attempted assassination, readers are in for a wild ride. A staged death, an unexpected father-daughter reunion, a madcap adventure of kidnapping and mistaken identity, and bizarre love triangles are some of the hijinks and tomfoolery to be found in Irish Wine, Boyne’s Lassie, and Hagar’s Dream—now back in print, to the delight of Seamus Boyne devotees across the land.
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Editorial Reviews

Anthony Burgess
Absorbing and beautifully written.
James Carroll
Wonderfully exuberant. . . . What a gem!
Malcolm Cowley
Uncommonly fine.
Kirkus Reviews
A comic trilogy that tacks one new episode onto two reruns, Wimmer's collection—Irish Wine (1988), Boyne's Lassie (1998), and Hagar's Dream—follows the misadventures of wild-man Seamus Boyne (Irish scourge of the British art world) and his timid friend Gene Hagar (a Long Island exterminator with literary ambitions). Boyne, like most bohemians, is always one step or two from utter ruin but never goes completely over the edge—sometimes suicidal (from both his failures and his successes), he has faced the wrath of assassins, faked his own death, rescued his daughter from kidnappers, saved his paintings from a burning gallery, impersonated monks, and stolen girls from his best friend. That friend, of course, is the hapless Hagar, who toils glamorlessly by day in his pest-control business but still finds the time to hop the Atlantic now and then to get Boyne out of some of his messier scrapes—although, in the end, he manages a weird kind of sexual revenge when he steals the heart of Boyne's beautiful daughter Tory. The usual gathering of odd ducks and charming layabouts wander onstage throughout, keeping the pace up whenever the story begins to lag. Good pointless fun, in the tradition of Joyce Cary's The Horse's Mouth and every other bohemian romp you've ever read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593762223
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Irish Wine 1
Boyne's Lassie 117
Hagar's Dream 213
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2001

    The erotic dimension

    In addition to its many other excellences, the sex scenes in THE IRISH WINE TRILOGY really sizzle. Dick Wimmer has a love affair with language, and so the sensuousness of his words recreates the sensuality of the scenes he describes. This is what MacLeish meant when he said, 'A poem should not mean/But be.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2001

    Wimmer triples our pleasure with Boyne!!!!

    Following the great reads that Dick Wimmer has offered before -- 'Irish Wine' and 'Boyne's Lassie' -- it was a pleasure to have them together with the newest craziness of Seamus Boyne in 'The Irish Wine Trilogy.' If you are a Boyne cultist as I am, this is the best thing since James Joyce and J.P. Donleavy put ink on a pen. Funny, romantic, just plain wild, Seamus Boyne (fictious) painter with his enormous ego winks at us as the first book 'Irish Wine' opens with him waiting in his car upon railroad tracks for the local train to resolve his woes. He sits, talking to the famous painter Joseph Mallord Turner (who died over hundred years earlier) bemoaning the fact that the Tate Museum has yet to hang is work, only then to be interrupted by the most uproarious action interrupting his planned fate. In the second book of the 'Trilogy,' 'Boyne's Lassie,' he fakes his own death this time, only to have his daughter, Tory, (from whom he had been disassociated for many years) attend the funeral then is kidnapped, thus bringing Boyne back from his demise. In 'Hagar's Dream,' Boyne's best friend, Gene Hagar, falls in love with his daughter (now safely back), who is some two decades younger than Hagar, creating wonderful uniquely Boynean scenes of father-friend pulls of responsibility, loyality and affection. Wimmer's writing typically creates fast reading. Plot and character jump from one incident to the next, never leaving the reader behind. Joycean in style. Relatives and friends with birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, those celebrating Canada Day, Bastille Day, 4th of July, as well as those taking time for other important events this summer will receive this book, a GIFT, to complete their reading lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2001

    Brilliant

    Brilliant - Deserves to be read aloud - Destined to become a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2001

    Terrifc Trilogy!

    Starts out with a bang and gets better and better with every page. Could be both a cult and a popular classic and deserves to be in print a long, long time!

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