Friday, 8 November 2013

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

"Daddy done a rudey this morning at breakfast and Mammy went mad."

This collection of interspersed stories is somewhat akin to visiting a small village in Ireland and jumping in and out of everyone's heads. Their inner monologues make for particularly interesting reads. Of interest is the contradictory view points, often of the same events.

I rather enjoyed this. Naturally some voices resonated more than others. The critical reception of this novel has been rather positive with the book landing a place in the Booker Prize long list and also taking out Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards for 2012. The stories range from the mundane to the violent, yet retain the reader's engagement.

4 out of 5 inner monologues are dying to get out.

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