Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The Lesser Bohemians
“Daub my soul with a good few pints til my mouth swings wide with unutterable shite. Laughing lots too, like it’s true. Worldening maybe, I think. I hope.”
The Lesser Bohemians is the first of it's kind that I have ever read, and I was enraptured with the brilliance of this novel, it's bare and vulnerable style of storytelling (that wielded a powerful wallop that just stays with you). It wasn't for the faint at heart.
There was lots to wince at, loads of sex, minute details I could really have done without, but like with What Belongs To You, there is a purpose to it. I really didn't want to like or care about these characters (who I will call the lovers), but I just couldn't help be pulled in to their story, raw and brutal as it was. Two stories pulled together into a very rocky intimacy as the lovers find their way (kicking and screaming most of the time) towards something that unites them. As Michael Chabon put it;
"Beautiful, harrowing, and ultimately rewarding the way only a brilliant work of literature can be."
This is a book that I would really like to listen to. Actually I would be really keen to see it as a performance piece, get a young Irish woman (just like in the book) reading it aloud... now that would be absolutely enthralling!
Up Next: The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan (about horse racing UGH, not my favourite topic AT ALL).