Shade: A Novelby Neil Jordan
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The Oscar-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan returns to fiction with a haunting, highly praised novel, his first in ten years. Narrated by the ghost of Nina Hardy, an actress who is murdered in the opening scene of the book, Shade tells the story of two pairs of siblings growing up in Ireland in the first half of the century. Through a childhood that memory gives the luster of romance and the tragedy that strikes as the children reach adolescence and the two boys leave for the Great War, these unforgettable characters reach the 1950s to play their roles in a murder ultimately revealed as the opposite of the senseless crime it seems.
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Meet the Author
Neil Jordan is the award-winning writer and director of such films as Mona Lisa, The End of the Affair, and The Crying Game, for which he won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1993. He is also the author of three previous novels-The Past, The Dream of a Beast, and Sunrise with Sea Monster-and a short-story collection, Night in Tunisia.
Neil Jordan was born in 1950 in Sligo. His first book of stories, Night In Tunisia, won the 1979 Guardian fiction prize and his subsequent critically acclaimed novels include The Past, Sunrise with Sea Monster, Shade and Mistaken. The films he has written and directed have won multiple awards, including an Oscar for The Crying Game, a Golden Bear at Venice for Michael Collins, a Silver bear at Berlin for The Butcher Boy and several BAFTAS for Mona Lisa and The End Of The Affair. He is an Officier of the French Ordres Des Artes et Lettres. He lives in Dublin.
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I had reasons for reading this book (with associated expectations) that are not germane to this review, and after letting the story and its technical aspects digest for a few days I'm revising my initial rating down just a bit, but ¿Shade¿ is still the best fictional contemporary writing I've read by or about the Irish, for nearly three years. Negative: Because it lacks ¿who-done-it¿ impetus, the ¿why-done-it¿ assumes primary importance, and while Jordan's "why" is compelling, he fails to give the revelation as much punch as it deserves. There are a couple of small factual inaccuracies, but they're only likely to bother somebody like me, who knows those details. In the second half of the story the action gets a bit choppy with too-rapid point-of-view changes. Positive: The prose is lucid, and it's reasonably tight without losing the kind of descriptive power that's imperative to paint pictures in the mind. The use of converging narratives to build tension is both subtle and successful, overall psychological character development is plausible and I was able to achieve suspension of disbelief. In summary, while other contemporary authors in the by-or-about-the-Irish genre have received inappropriately fulsome praise for their patently poor products, Neil Jordan¿s ¿Shade¿ deserves all the positive press it gets.
Everything in this book was exceptional. From the story line to the layout of the book and mostly the descriptions of the surroundings and people. The wording was very heart felt to me!! I cried not only at the end but also through the whole book as well. Very touching story! Pick it up today, you will be done with it tomorrow
'The Crying Game' immediately signaled that here was an author with original and imaginative vision, a writer with the power to hold readers transfixed. 'Shade' solidifies that impression. A member of Dublin's Abbey Theatre and the National Theatre in London, Terry Donnelly is both beguiling and bewitching as she inhabits the ghostly voice of Nina. Nina's death was not pretty. Her throat was cut with gardening shears by her childhood friend, George. He was many things, among them thorough as her body was never found. We learn this as she speaks to us from the afterlife. Her narrative recounts a happy Irish childhood spent beside the River Boyne. Her companions were George and his sister, Janie. They were not born as fortunately as Nina, so they lived on the other side of the river. Nonetheless they were all boon companions; friendships were formed. Nina's half-brother, Gregory, completed the once carefree foursome. However, time passes and things change, as do people. War takes its toll and one may never be the same. In true Jordan style the reason for the brutal killing is not revealed until the story's conclusion. It's unlikely that listeners will not be moved by this sometimes poetic, always powerful tale.
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