Bob Cannon
November 24, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Harbor Boys

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Hugo Hamilton
publisher
HarperCollins
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

In The Harbor Boys, a sequel to 2003’s The Speckled People, Hugo Hamilton again recounts his Dublin boyhood, this time describing the disappearance of his visiting cousin and the fatal feud between two local fishermen whose religious differences reflect Ireland’s Troubles. But most of the action occurs between young Hamilton’s ears, as he dwells on the contrasting personalities of his German mother and his bullheaded Irish nationalist da, who proudly refuses to speak English. While Harbor feels somewhat episodic, it’s unified by Hamilton’s all-consuming desire to escape, making this a universal tale of a teenager’s restlessness.

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