The Irish Wine Trilogy

The Irish Wine Trilogy

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by Dick Wimmer
     
 

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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&See more details below

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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; 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593763589
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/10/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
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