Lies of Silence

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in his native Belfast, this is Moore's ( The Color of Blood ) most powerful, meaningful and timely novel, one that will generate strong emotions and diverse opinions. Michael Dillon's literary aspirations vanished when he became the manager of a small hotel; he thinks of himself as ``a failed poet in a business suit.'' Married to a shrewish, dependent woman, he has just decided to leave her and move to London with his lover, a young Canadian woman, when he is swept into Northern Ireland's daily violence. A group of IRA thugs invades his home and holds his wife hostage while Michael is directed to plant a bomb that will kill a Protestant minister. Seamlessly turning what begins as a drama of domestic unhappiness into a chilling thriller, Moore engages Michael in a moral dilemma: whether to risk his wife's safety but save countless other lives by informing the police of the bomb ticking in his car. Once made, Michael's decision leads to yet more excruciating choices, escalating the tension in a narrative that mirrors the conflict which neither camp can win. As he depicts the passions on both sides of the civil war, Moore excoriates both ``Protestant prejudice and Catholic cant,'' deploring the ceaseless conflict in ``this British Province founded on inequality and sectarian hate.'' If the novel seems, in retrospect, perhaps a little contrived, readers will remain riveted as it hurtles to an inevitable, cleverly plotted conclusion. (Sept.)
Library Journal
First you take an adulterous husband, then you add a neurotic, bulemic wife; then enter the girlfriend, and you have a pretty fair story. But if you are Moore you put them in the middle of the troubles in Belfast and sic the IRA on them. The protagonist, Michael Dillon, is a hotel manager who thwarts a bomb attempt by double-crossing the terrorists. The wife goes on TV to speak out against the IRA, and life gets complicated. Michael Dillon's hesitations in deciding an issue of conscience are all too real. Moore builds tension by just describing the trip home. His other novels, Emperor of Ice Cream (LJ 8/65), Catholics (LJ 3/1/73), and The Great Victorian Collection (LJ 9/1/75), to name a diverse few, have won for him such prizes as the Royal Society of Literature award and the Governor General of Canada award for fiction. A good, quick, thought-provoking novel, recommended for general readers. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/90.-- Lynn Thompson, Ozark Re gional Lib., Ironton, Mo.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517098783
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2003

    One of the best

    I'm a person who doesn't read a lot but as this was on my course i hadn't got a choice and now i'm delighted I read it.This is a book that gives people an inside into ordinary people's life in Northern Ireland.Once you pick up this book you will keep reading.When you see the troubles in Iraq it's seem's nothing. In my opinon Brian Moore is an excellent author and he deals with things that happen to people every day and I like them sort of stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2003


    When I first started reading 'Lies of Silence' I thought it would be like any other book I had read in the past. However, after have read about 5 pages or so I was already begining to enjoy it. I felt as if the book took me as a reader into the world of North Ireland and the troubles. As a high school student in Norway, we were obligated to read it. But after reading this book I must say I would have read it over and over again if I was given the chance. This is an exellent thriller, written by the outstanding author Brian Moore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2003

    Great Book

    I really enjoyed reading "Lies of Silence"......because you realize that teenagers all over the world are still misguided and abused by different ideological apparatuses that take advantage of their lack of maturity and personal experiences. People just don't learn from the past ¿.. violence isn't serving the peace process....... it¿s only creating more conflicts and more hatred. On the other hand, a suspenseful plot is created in ¿lies of Silence¿ by the dilemma faced by Dillon that is made more complex by his intension to leave his wife and by whether the IRA has issued a warning about the bomb or not. If he calls the police, he risks his wife's life. If he does not, he places other innocent peoples' lives in danger. Anyway, I would recommend "lies of Silence" if asked whether it's worth to be read or not.

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