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Beatlebone
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry
WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2015 He will spend three days alone on his island. That is all that he asks . . . John is so many miles from love now and home. This is the story of his strangest trip. John owns a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland. Maybe it is there that he can at last outrun the shadows of his past. The tale of a wild journey into the world and a wild journey within, Beatlebone is a mystery box of a novel. It's a portrait of an artist at a time of creative strife. It is most of all a sad and beautiful comedy from one of the most gifted stylists now at work.
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RhianJMartin
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry
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Today's color is red! And what a collection of books... have you read any of these? Most recently I read "Beatlebone" - what a challenging, intriguing read! ❤️??

#red #redbooks #books #bookshelf #kevinbarry #beatlebone #virginiawoolf #woolf #mrsdalloway #fever #marybethkeane #michellesacks #youweremadeforthis

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andrew61
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry
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#HeyJune #Cantbuymelove
Odd that the last post abt this book was mine for junetunz!
This book is an imagination of JL's visit in 1978 to visit the island in Ireland that he had bought - a troubled man at that point this book is funny and surreal at points as lennon tries to find some substance to his life- kevin barry is a brilliant writer and id also recommend City of Bohane.

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andrew61
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#junetunz #laislabonita
Im a bit out of sync with posts but this was a really good read about the imagining of john lennon's trip to his remote island off the west irish coast, im not sure how pretty it was (definition of bonita duly searched) but it's a good read & even made me laugh out loud as well at pointe.

merelybookish I read this! Beautiful language! The story kind of bonkers. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk This one is on my TBR! 2y
Cinfhen Sounds like something you might like @TrishB @Reggie 2y
TrishB That sounds good 😀 think hubby would like this too. Loves reading The Beatles stuff. @Cinfhen 2y
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mdhughes72
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry
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Only the flimsiest fiber of a plot thread. Can John Lennon make it to his island in the west of Ireland or will he be thwarted by the paparazzi? Half the book is trippy non sequiturs and minimalist dialogue between himself and his local handler, Cornelius. Certainly conjures a time and a place, and made me oh-so-curious about that decade post-Beatles.

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Bookchipmunk
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry
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Weekend TBR: We are off to the NorCal coast to unplug for a whole week! This is the stack I decided on plus the annual puzzle choice (1000 pieces and 524 things beginning with the B). Have a great holiday everyone! Aloha Friday🌺 #DogsofLitsy

britt_brooke OMG, what a cute pup! 3y
Tanzy13 🐶 3y
Kimzey It wouldn't be vacation for me without a 1,000 piece puzzle! Good choices! 😍 3y
LeahBergen Wonderful! 3y
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Aaronlisa
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry
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It's four in the morning- the motor idles at a low hum - and the trees have voices, and the river has voices, and they are very old.

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Pen_Meets_Paper
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry
Bailedbailed

Too ethereal. Shelved for now.

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Ais
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Starting this one this evening. I absolutely love Kevin Barry, but hate stickers on books🙈

Lacythebookworm It drives me batty when the stickers won't come off! 3y
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Rio_Youers
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry

My current read. Mesmerizing, entirely bizarre. Reads like "Strawberry Fields Forever" sounds. I'm loving it.

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Lettters
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry
Mehso-so

Some of the structural experiments in this book didn't work for me, but despite that it was still a fascinatingly original pseudo-history of a great cultural icon. It doesn't hurt that Barry is a sentencesmith of the highest order.

Onioons Some parts better than others but one of the most quotable authors I've read 3y
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Lettters
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry
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This book is so true to my feelings toward John Lennon: it's wild and original and presents a skewed vision of the world. That world is inviting and peculiar and full of the promises of our fullest potential, but ultimately unattainable.

Suzze Have that on my shelf. Ack! When will I ever get to all the books I've bought? 3y
willchance Barry said that to get John right, he needed to picture him as a 17 yr old. Think that's what made it work so well. 3y
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Pen_Meets_Paper
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Onioons
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry
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"An old farmhouse rises up from the hill-ramshackle, ill-kept, a growth on the hill. The van eases to a stop and a slow, deep-breathing silence. The house sits in complete agreement with its sad hill" True story: in the 70s John Lennon bought a tiny island off the Irish coast. He never visited, but (untrue story) Barry tells what an odyssey that journey might have been. Weird and wonderful! Day21 of #augustofpages Image borrowed from www.slate.com

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mamasanace
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Utterly bonkers in the best way. It took me a moment to get into the swing of the book and the mad Irish lilt, but a highly enjoyable way to spend some time with John Lennon.

RealLifeReading Love your photo! 3y
mamasanace Thanks @RealLifeReading ! I'm on holidays in Phuket and wanted to capture my gin soaked day with John Lennon! 😊 3y
MrBook Nice review! Great pic!! 😊👍🏻 3y
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Onioons
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry

He read once that the hare augurs darkly in Irish mythology. From what he can remember there is f**k all that augurs brightly in the Irish mythology.

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lizzieshouv
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry
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"He sets out for the place as an animal might, as though on some fated migration. There is nothing rational about it nor even entirely sane and this is the great attraction." Some of most gorgeous writing I've ever seen between the covers of a book.

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fmcgeough
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry
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He sits all day until the sun has gone around the building and the room is almost dark again. A day that feels slow as a century - he might be out there still.

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strandbookstore
Beatlebone | Kevin Barry
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Looking for an off-the-beaten-path Irish-themed read? Try Kevin Barry's fantastic, fictional biography of John Lennon escaping to a west Ireland island he bought to counteract a debilitating mid-life crisis. Lyrical, mystical, affecting. ☘

case_face Kevin Barry is so good! 4y
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