John the Revelator

John the Revelator

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This is the story of John Devine -- stuck in a small town in the eerie landscape of Southeast Ireland, worried over by his single, chain-smoking, bible-quoting mother, Lily, and spied on by the "neighborly" Mrs. Nagle. When Jamey Corboy, a self-styled Rimbaudian boy wonder, arrives in town, John's life suddenly seems full of possibility. His loneliness dissipates. He is taken up by mischief and discovery, hiding in the world beyond as Lily's mysterious illness worsens. But Jamey and John's nose for trouble may be their undoing and soon John will be faced with a terrible moral dilemma. Joining the ranks of the great novels of friendship and betrayal -- "A Separate Peace, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha "-- "John the Revelator "grapples with the pull of the world and the hold of those we love. Suffused with family secrets, eerie imagery, black humor, and hypnotic prose, "John the Revelator "is a novel to fall in love with and an astounding debut.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 385.55g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0151014027
  • 9780151014026

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This is the story of John Devine -- stuck in a small town in the otherworldly landscape of Southeast Ireland, worried over by his single, chain-smoking, bible-quoting mother, Lily, and spied on by the "neighborly" Mrs. Nagle. When Jamey Corboy, a self-styled Rimbaudian boy wonder, arrives in town, John's life suddenly seems full of possibility. His loneliness dissipates. He is taken up by mischief and discovery, hiding in the world beyond as Lily's mysterious illness worsens. But Jamey and John's nose for trouble may be their undoing and soon John will be faced with a terrible moral dilemma. Joining the ranks of the great novels of friendship and betrayal, "John the Revelator "grapples with the pull of the world and the hold of those we love. Suffused with family secrets, eerie imagery, black humor, and hypnotic prose, "John the Revelator "is a novel to fall in love with and an astounding debut.
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A Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection for Fall 2009 Advance Praise for John the Revelator "Full of things I can remember but can't imagine, a stunning debut novel."
-James Dean Bradfield, lead singer of the Manic Street Preachers "The prose is a bag of fireworks, crackling with idiom and humour. Domestic, mythic, creepy, funny. Brilliant."
--Nick Laird, author of "Utterly Monkey
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"There's a novel which there's a lot of excitement about by Peter Murphy called "John the Revelator." I've read it and it's an absolutely wonderful book, I mean it's a really wonderful book. And people say 'oh, you know, Irish fiction is stale, ' well things can change overnight, and books like Peter Murphy's can change things and be so fresh and so contemporary, so original and so disturbing and brave. I don't know what else is coming out of the blue like that, and that's the way it goes."
--Colm Toibin, "The International Herald Tribune
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"Everything about "John the Revelator" excited me--I couldn't wait to turn the page and keep on going. It was like reading for the first time, almost as if I'd never read a novel before."
--Roddy Doyle, author of "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
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"Peter Murphy gives a great read, both wild and grounded. John the Revelator is the bastard of son of J.D. Salinger and Ted Hughes--ballsy, humorous, and brutally honest."
--Sabina Murray, author of "The Caprices
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"I also read a debut novel by an Irish writer, Peter Murphy, "John the Revelator." An atmospheric tale of a young boy growing up in a small village whose life is altered by his friendship with a very free-spirited boy who he meets. It's an interesting debut, filled with humour and energy, and a certain sense of mystery. Best of all is the old crone, Mrs Nagle, who takes up residence in John's house whenever she sees an opportunity. Their face-offs are very funny and original."
--John Boyne,
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Praise for "John the Revelator"
"""Everything about "John the Revelator" excited me--I couldn't wait to turn the page and keep on going. It was like reading for the first time, almost as if I'd never read a novel before." -- Roddy Doyle, author of" Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha"
""John the Revelator "is the bastard of son of J.D. Salinger and Ted Hughes--ballsy, humorous, and brutally honest." - Sabina Murray, author of "The Caprices"
"An atmospheric tale... filled with humour and energy, and a certain sense of mystery."--John Boyne, author of "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
"Murphy casts his debut novel like a blues noir, steeped in the music that has clearly inspired him. But this spook-filled Irish landscape, rendered with gouts of blood-red humour, is entirely his own." -- "The Guardian"
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449 ratings
3.24 out of 5 stars
5 10% (45)
4 28% (124)
3 42% (190)
2 16% (74)
1 4% (16)
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