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Kilbrack O'Neill's brilliant 2002 breakthrough novel, ''At Swim, Two Boys,'' swirled history, politics, and sexuality into a raging Irish tempest. ''Kilbrack,'...KilbrackFiction O'Neill's brilliant 2002 breakthrough novel, ''At Swim, Two Boys,'' swirled history, politics, and sexuality into a raging Irish tempest. ''Kilbrack,'...2004-03-05
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Kilbrack

Genre: Fiction; Author: Jamie O'Neill

O’Neill’s brilliant 2002 breakthrough novel, ”At Swim, Two Boys,” swirled history, politics, and sexuality into a raging Irish tempest. ”Kilbrack,” written in 1990 and just now published in America, is more of a teacup – small, warm, and beautifully ornamented – that portends the eventual flowering of a major talent. It begins as the story of a young amnesiac on his way to an Irish village, the subject of a memoir that’s obsessed him. Why amnesia? Why this village? The tragicomic answers make ”Kilbrack” smarter and more haunting than the novel’s minor, mirthful shape suggests.

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