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From a low and quiet sea, Donal Ryan

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From a low and quiet sea
Title
From a low and quiet sea
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Donal Ryan
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eng
Summary
"For Farouk, family is all. He has protected his wife and daughter as best he can from the war and hatred that has torn Syria apart. If they stay, they will lose their freedom, will become lesser persons. If they flee, they will lose all they have known of home, for some intangible dream of refuge in some faraway land across the merciless sea. Lampy is distracted; he has too much going on in his small town life in Ireland. He has the city girl for a bit of fun, but she's not Chloe, and Chloe took his heart away when she left him. There's the secret his mother will never tell him. His granddad's little sniping jokes are getting on his wick. And on top of all that, he has a bus to drive; those old folks from the home can't wait all day. The game was always the lifeblood coursing through John's veins: manipulating people for his enjoyment, or his enrichment, or his spite. But it was never enough. The ghost of his beloved brother, and the bitter disappointment of his father, have shadowed him all his life. But now that lifeblood is slowing down, and he's not sure if God will listen to his pleas for forgiveness. Three men, searching for some version of home, their lives moving inexorably towards a reckoning that will draw them all together"--
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  • Ryan’s cunningly structured and deeply compassionate fourth novel, following All We Shall Know (2017), is told from the points of view of three men who initially appear to have nothing in common. Farouk is a physician in Syria who must balance the risk of staying in a country where his family is in increasing danger or taking up the offer of a slippery stranger who offers him transit by boat out of the country. Mopey young Irishman Lampy lives with his mom and grandfather and drives a bus for a nursing home after being dumped by his girlfriend and rejected by the universities where he applied. And elderly James, a shady accountant and lobbyist, makes a final confession as he fears he’s approaching death. When Ryan steps back to allow the connections among their stories to emerge in a relatively short final section, the effect is dazzling, like a series of fireworks building with each detonation. -- Quamme, Margaret (Reviewed 6/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 19, p32)
  • A Man Booker and Desmond Elliott prize long-listee who's won multiple Irish literary awards, Ryan deserves attention. Here, three unsettled men look for what they've lost: restless Lampy misses the girl who got away, wheeler-dealer John has crumpled under the weight of his father's disapproval and brother's death, and Farouk has fled Syria with his wife and daughter, choosing uncertainty over debasement or death. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 02/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 3, p43)
  • A quiet novel involving subtle studies of character, both Irish (not surprising) and Syrian (rather more surprising). The first part of the novel focuses on Farouk, who, with his wife and daughter, is caught up in the war in Syria. Farouk is a doctor and feels he should stay in his war-ravaged country. The crucifixion of a young boy as a spy is the tipping point for his wife, however, so Farouk arranges to escape with his family, but they are double-crossed by the trafficker and stranded on a boat. In the chaos of a storm, lives are lost, and Farouk finds himself in a camp separated from his wife and daughter, not knowing whether they survived. The second part of the book focuses on the romantic entanglements of Lampy Shanley, who drives a bus for an orthopedic hospital, though he spends much of his time mentally preoccupied with and lamenting the loss of Chloe, his one great love. The third section introduces us to John and is in the form of a religious confession. This is his first "honest confession," he tells us, and it's a doozy, involving the premature death of his brother Edward—their father's favorite son—and John's inability to live up to his father's expectations. Instead, he goes the other way and begins a systematic course of sinning. John admits to his darker side when, as part of his confession, he says, "I always had a fiendish knack for making people hate each other." The final, brief section of the novel makes an attempt, not altogether successful, to provide some unity to the previous three parts, for it at least references all three of the major characters. Ultimately, this is a novel that is long on character development but lacking a center. (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2018)
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10684839
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1977-
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Ryan, Donal
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6118.Y354
LC item number
F76 2018
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Families
  • Refugees
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Syrians
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Betrayal
  • Ireland
Target audience
adult
Label
From a low and quiet sea, Donal Ryan
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
174 pages
Isbn
9780143133247
Lccn
2018008973
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1011628970
  • (OCoLC)1011628970
Label
From a low and quiet sea, Donal Ryan
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
174 pages
Isbn
9780143133247
Lccn
2018008973
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1011628970
  • (OCoLC)1011628970

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