A Goat's Song

A Goat's Song

by Dermot Healy

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Overview

In a wind-battered Mayo cottage, playwright Jack Ferris tries to salvage something from his broken love affair with Catherine Adams. Drink and despair drove her away; can his imagination call her back? But as he summons up her past, Jack finds he has also called up Catherine's RUC father and a whole dangerous world of opposed traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781446475416
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 06/30/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
File size: 442 KB

About the Author

Dermot Healy was born 1947 in County Westmeath, Ireland and was a novelist, playwright and poet. He won the Hennessy Award (1974 and 1976), the Tom Gallon Award (1983), and the Encore Award (1995). His novels include A Goatsong, Fighting with Shadows and Sudden Times. He lived in County Sligo, Ireland, until his death in 2014.

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James Kelman

A beautiful piece of work; no doubt about it, the real stuff.

E. Annie Proulx

A rare and powerful book....At the end, intellectually aroused, emotionally wrenched, stunned with the imagery of place and drink and crumpled hopes, I was literally shaking.

EBOOK COMMENTARY

A rare and powerful book....At the end, intellectually aroused, emotionally wrenched, stunned with the imagery of place and drink and crumpled hopes, I was literally shaking.

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A Goat's Song 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an unrelentingly bleak story about the failed love affair of an Irish Catholic writer, Jack, and an Irish Protestant actress, Catherine, who are separated by religion, background and an alcohol problem on either side.The story is told by Jack in a retrospective fashion, starting at their breakup and moving back. It passes through their time together and then on to Catherine's childhood in which her father was a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary who became the public face of brutality when he was filmed beating a protester.The first quarter of the book...a long, drunken complaint by Jack...almost lost me. Fortunately, the middle part, which eventually tells the story of Catherine's father, arrived just in time. The switch from the account of what is, at its heart, simply an extended bender, to a look at the conflicts and turmoil of the Troubles was welcome. I came away from it sad, moved...and sorry to see it end. In the final quarter of the book, the reader sees the story circle back to join the beginning. Knowing what is coming, I felt this part held the reader suspended for too long.In the end, I found Catherine unsympathetic and Jack even less so¿but I would have loved the central story of her father bookended by a reduced version of their story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OH MY GOD! If you're like me, and I know you are, you love singing goats. If you'd like to read more into this amazing phenomenon, and the divas that have perfected this art, get your hands on this novel as FAST AS YOU CAN! I have almost worn out my copy already, and am looking into pruchasing 3 or 4 more, on installment plans, of course. The best feature was the section devoted entirely to 'Minna', the premiere vocalist of her time. Tragically, she perished in an unsupervised milking during the hunger strikes of the 1960s, but this book pays a great homage to this legend of goathood.