Beatlebone

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    Paperback ó Beatlebone PDF/EPUB ´ Para lograr esto, un conductor irland s de lo m s peculiar le har de gu a espiritual improvisadoDespu s de Ciudad de Bohane, Beatlebone obra ganadora del Premio Goldsmithes la segunda incursi n de Kevin Barry en el campo de la novela, con resultados igualmente extraordinarios Con un dominio sublime del lenguaje y de los personajes, Barry nos muestra al Lennon m s aut ntico, el de humor cambiante y el nimo atribulado, y nos sumerge en la exploraci n del pasado propio, los or genes, lo que hemos hecho y lo que hemos dejado por hacer."/>
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About the Author: Kevin Barry

Paperback ó Beatlebone PDF/EPUB ´ beatlebone epub, BeatleboneBeatlebone PDF/EPUBKevin Barry is an Irish writer He is the author of two collections of short stories, and the novel City of Bohane, which was the winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.


BeatlebonePaperback ó Beatlebone PDF/EPUB ´ beatlebone epub, BeatleboneBeatlebone PDF/EPUBJohn Lennon compr una isla en Irlanda sta es la historia del fascinante viaje que hizo diez a os despu s para encontrar la isla, pero sobre todo para encontrarse a s mismo Huyendo de la prensa, Lennon intenta calmar el esp ritu y superar as los fantasmas que lo persiguen y le bloquean la creatividad Para lograr esto, un conductor irland s de lo m s peculiar le har de gu a espiritual improvisadoDespu s de Ciudad de Bohane, Beatlebone obra ganadora del Premio Goldsmithes la segunda incursi n de Kevin Barry en el campo de la novela, con resultados igualmente extraordinarios Con un dominio sublime del lenguaje y de los personajes, Barry nos muestra al Lennon m s aut ntico, el de humor cambiante y el nimo atribulado, y nos sumerge en la exploraci n del pasado propio, los or genes, lo que hemos hecho y lo que hemos dejado por hacer.

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  1. Barry Pierce says:

    In the late 1960s John Lennon bought an island off the west coast of Ireland Most Irish people are aware of it Ask anyone about John Lennon s island or Beatle Island and they ll know what you re talking about Beatlebone is a fictionalised tale of John Lennon s attempt to visit his island in 1978 in order to combat his writer s block and to finally have a place to Scream And it is a masterpiece.The novel is far from conventional In fact, it won the Goldsmith s Prize, which is an award spec In the late 1960s John Lennon bought an island off the west coast of Ireland Most Irish people are aware of it Ask anyone about John Lennon s island or Beatle Island and they ll know what you re talking about Beatlebone is a fictionalised tale of John Lennon s attempt to visit his island in 1978 in order to combat his writer s block and to finally have a place to Scream And it is a masterpiece.The novel is far from conventional In fact, it won the Goldsmith s Prize, which is an award specifically granted to novels which challenge the conventional novel form The whole book is heavily influenced by that spectre who sits on the shoulder of every Irish writer, James Joyce There are some chapters in which Beatlebone turns into a play script, exactly as in Ulysses However, where most writers would just end up with a poor pastiche of Joyce s great novel as Orwell did with his modernist mishap A Clergyman s Daughter , Kevin Barry takes on the great Dubliner and triumphs in every aspect The whole novel reads like a Surrealist jaunt in the West of Ireland Hints of Du Maurier come through when the novel decides to tread along recesses of the paranormal, whilst many of the characters themselves seem to be close relatives of the persons who inhabit the scripts of Martin McDonagh John Lennon himself doesn t really star in this novel In fact, it would be wholly possible for you to read this novel and never once realise that you are reading about John Lennon He is only ever referred to as John and mentions of his superstardom are fleeting In a typically postmodern move, there is one chapter about two thirds of the way through Beatlebone in which the whole narrative is paused and Barry decides to tell us about how he went about writing the novel He writes about his own visit to Beatle Island and his adventures around Clew Bay, where all of the novel takes place After this chapter, the narrative continues on exactly as before It is this chapter which pushed this novel from a great book to a fucking great book I absolutely adored this book Kevin Barry has been a big name in Irish writing for a while now and I finally understand why Every Irish writer must write with the burden of those great names behind them Joyce, Beckett, Bernard Shaw, Wilde, Yeats Instead of cowering away from these names, Barry challenges them This town ain t big enough for the both of us, Sparks once sang, and Barry wears that sentiment on his spud Irish sleeve

  2. Hugh says:

    A surreal, poetic and wild tribute to John Lennon by another of Ireland s talented young writers This book imagines Lennon travelling round the west of Ireland trying to reach an island he owns while evading the attention of the press This leads to a series of strange encounters and reminiscences, some of which have some factual basis, and explorations of his Liverpool Irish roots There is also a chapter about two thirds of the way through in which Barry explains his own motivations and how t A surreal, poetic and wild tribute to John Lennon by another of Ireland s talented young writers This book imagines Lennon travelling round the west of Ireland trying to reach an island he owns while evading the attention of the press This leads to a series of strange encounters and reminiscences, some of which have some factual basis, and explorations of his Liverpool Irish roots There is also a chapter about two thirds of the way through in which Barry explains his own motivations and how the book germinated, but for the most part the style is inspired by Lennon I found this a very enjoyable read

  3. switterbug (Betsey) says:

    Author Kevin Barry crossbreeds the myth legend of John Lennon with the man he was, in this fable like, surreal story of one Beatle s odyssey Lennon bought an island in Western Ireland almost a decade before, also known as Beatle Island He d only been once Now, it s 1978, and he s in the midst of his dry years He hasn t produced new material since the 1974 Walls and Bridges he s busy baking bread and being a househusband, giving all his attention to Yoko and their toddler son, Sean He s eve Author Kevin Barry crossbreeds the myth legend of John Lennon with the man he was, in this fable like, surreal story of one Beatle s odyssey Lennon bought an island in Western Ireland almost a decade before, also known as Beatle Island He d only been once Now, it s 1978, and he s in the midst of his dry years He hasn t produced new material since the 1974 Walls and Bridges he s busy baking bread and being a househusband, giving all his attention to Yoko and their toddler son, Sean He s even gone macrobiotic.Now, John wants a pilgrimage to his island, to spend three days in solitude and see if the artist juice flows, to find his mojo again His experience in Primal Scream therapy has given him something to work with while out there His driver, Cornelius O Grady, is quite the eccentric character He helps to ward off the press and navigate to the tiny island in Clew Bay, called Dorinish pronounced Dornish , but the circumnavigation leads to surprising detours in this no surprise 9 chapter masterpiece A magical mystery tour.If you re expecting a Beatle mania bio or story, then you may be disappointed Barry s prose hasthan a touch of magical realism, and in 8 of the 9 chapters he comes at the story from a slanted angle Yes, we are inside Lennon s head, but the lexicon and dialect, as well as the astonishing prose, play with ambiguity, and create a hypnagogic atmosphere I had to pay attention, and eventually, the dialogue and exposition construct a moving, painterly portrait of John Lennon, the man, as it captures the myth Chapter six is kind of an alternate chapter, wherein Barry writes an essay like account of his own personal odyssey to Dorinish It acts as glue for the rest of the book, and serves to answer some of the questions that may be rolling around in the reader s head It is also, in its realism, what turns this book from a truly excellent book to a tour de force While John Lennon appropriately remains at some distance myth like, Kevin Barry s essay is almost confessional, and it draws you into his heart.If you are not knowledgeable about John Lennon, it won t keep you from enjoying this masterly work of literature The upside of being ignorant of Lennon history is you won t have expectations of it being a Beatle book It may heighten the enjoyment, however, to know a few things Lennon was born and raised in Liverpool, mostly by his Aunt Mimi, as his troubled mother, Julia the song, Julia, is an homage to her , squandered her life and compelled the state to remove John from her His father left them when John was very young He carries an eternal melancholy regarding his youth, and the author frequently furnished the story with the musician s unresolved pain about his past.Lennon has a certain feminine side to him Yoko wore the pants, so to speak, and handled all his business affairs He also had an obsession with numbers, particularly the number 9 John and Yoko lived at the tony Dakota apartments in NYC where he was also shot and killed at age forty on December 8, 1980 It s still sad to recall that his album, Double Fantasy, his first in five years, was released just a few short weeks before his murder.On this fabled journey, Cornelius is equally a main character His shapeshifting nature is a fitting counterpoint to John s distress As Lennon wears his driver s dead father s silver blue suit for much of the time, the narrative dabbles with fantastical, hallucinogenic visuals that add dimension to Lennon s loss and grief There s a lot of alcohol, and in the local pub, Cornelius introduces John as his half deaf cousin Kenney They drink, they sing, and, at one point, John almost has it out with a local The novel is peppered with Lennon Beatle lyrics, as well as Beach Boys, Peter Frampton, and other songs of the times.My second favorite chapter was a detour to the now closed, occult ish Amethyst hotel, a place that is like a twisted, perverted Valhalla, run by an Odin like character, Joe Director What happens there is captivating, and brings out Lennon s fractious, belligerent nature when he is expected to take part in ranting and screaming with a young couple that are staying there It is also a heartbreaking interlude, where mourning and memories infringe on John s thoughts Later, there s an episode of a Plato like cave that brings Lennon to dark, spiritual thoughts Deathhauntedness The fear that it s all going to end and the measuring out of the time that is left or might be and the stewing in the past and the sense of every time being maybe the last time and everything is charged and everything glows and the night terrors that come in a soak of sweat and the sentiment and the fear and the poison and the pain At turns turbulent, laconic, elliptical, ancient, psychotropic, and sad, I was not the same when I exited these mystical, mythical pages There have been other animals among these rocks before He can feel them here still In the sand deeply buried their chalk white and brittle bones Elkbone.Wolfbone.Sealbone Beatlebone

  4. Peter Boyle says:

    People go strange out here, John You wouldn t be the first and you wouldn t be the last This wild, free wheeling tale imagines a visit by John Lennon to Dorinish island pictured above off the west coast of Ireland in 1978 Haunted by his own demons, particularly the premature death of his mother Julia, he intends to spend three days by himself andscream his fucking lungs outThings don t go exactly to plan For one thing John can t remember which one of the 365 islands in the bay belongPeople go strange out here, John You wouldn t be the first and you wouldn t be the last This wild, free wheeling tale imagines a visit by John Lennon to Dorinish island pictured above off the west coast of Ireland in 1978 Haunted by his own demons, particularly the premature death of his mother Julia, he intends to spend three days by himself andscream his fucking lungs outThings don t go exactly to plan For one thing John can t remember which one of the 365 islands in the bay belongs to him And the pack of hungry reporters on his tail are not helping With the assistance of local fixer Cornelius O Grady, he might just reach his destination, but it will involve a few diversions and disguises along the way.Kevin Barry does a terrific job of depicting Lennon s fragile state, overwhelmed with despair and self loathing But there is also a lightness to the story, and his famous wit is delightfully represented The big hearted, wise Cornelius is a wonderful creation and delivers a lot of the best lines he acts as a kind of sounding board spirit guide for John Eccentric characters of this untamed Mayo outpost come and go throughout their adventure the face of a shady hotel proprietoris alive with with tics and nervy flutters, as if there are small desperate birds trapped beneath the skinAnd this craggy frontier that is famed for its feral beauty becomes the uneasy backdrop to an unravelling mindImagine the near perpetual assault of rain on a cracked windowpane, down at the shivery end of that dripping boreen a country laneway, or a little road, dank and sodden between the whitethorn and the haw, places usually possessed in the Irish mythos by savage melancholy with the veggie patch and the hedgerow wine, and the rising damp, and the nitty children, and the freaky dogs cowering in the yard as the wind shudders their skinny flanks and the vast hysterical skies never light for long, never dark for longAround two thirds of the way through, Beatlebone takes an abrupt change of direction Barry begins to describe his own visit to Clew Bay while researching the story It s a risky manoeuvre quite jarring, at first But I became intrigued by it as Lennon and Barry s journeys begin to coalesce, and it really extends the impact of the novel I suppose this interjection is one of the reasons that the book won the Goldsmiths Prize, which rewards experimental fiction.It s a brave story to write Little is really known about John Lennon at this time in his life and details of his Irish visits are thin on the ground But Barry takes us on a utterly convincing journey inside this icon s head, and we begin to understand the loneliness and misery that fame has brought him I must admit that I found the prose a little overwrought at times and there were parts of the novel that didn t work for me, such as a showy stream of consciousness passage towards the end But this strange trip, equal parts tragic and comic, is worth the effort It is a gloriously inventive tale, a surreal and profound work of genius

  5. Shelly says:

    I have no idea what just happened.I just read an entire book, and all I can get out of it is that John Lennon was talking to a seal at some point.I may need a coles notes for my book club on this one.

  6. Jill says:

    The year 1978 was not a creatively rewarding one for John Lennon yes, THAT John Lennon He spent most of his time in America, playing househusband and nursemaid to his young son Sean After undergoing primal scream therapy with Arthur Janov, he viewed himself as unburdened yet he was also creatively blocked.This is the John Lennon we meet in Kevin Barry s audacious and often brilliant new novel, Beatlebone At the start of the novel, he has escaped from the heart of New York City to the west c The year 1978 was not a creatively rewarding one for John Lennon yes, THAT John Lennon He spent most of his time in America, playing househusband and nursemaid to his young son Sean After undergoing primal scream therapy with Arthur Janov, he viewed himself as unburdened yet he was also creatively blocked.This is the John Lennon we meet in Kevin Barry s audacious and often brilliant new novel, Beatlebone At the start of the novel, he has escaped from the heart of New York City to the west coast of Ireland, where he owns yes, really a tiny island that the locals have dubbed Beatle Island But anyone who expects a straight narrative about a complex and troubled musician has another thing in store The true theme of Beatlebone is the heavy costs and rewards of creativity This fictional John says, What it s about It s about what you ve got to put yourself through to make anything worthwhile It s about going to the dark places and using what you find there Kevin Barry is like a magician channeling John Lennon, displaying him as a searching, profane, and lost soul who must get to his own island, literally and figuratively He must virtually enclose himself in a cave of dead bones, where he has all the words and all of its noise and all of its squall He must look closely to see the tiny details in order to capture the larger scope Throughout this book there are wisps echoes really of words that Beatles fans will associate with some of John s and other musicians songs, but they are so beautifully intertwined with the narrative that lose attention for one second and you ll miss them.The book was a solid 5 star but here is where it rose to 6 stars Kevin Barry interjects his own search for creativity in the narrative As the novel temporarily shifts from fiction to memoir, the author writes, what s left to us is mediated, and it can only be built up again in gimcrack reconstructions, with scenic fa ade, but if we can get the voices right, the fiction may hold for a while at least When he surrenders the spotlight to John, it s impossible not to view him in a whole different light, understanding the pains that the author has taken to get it right This is an amazing book that will make my personal Top Ten list Having said that, it s not for everyone certainly not for those who are squeamish about profuse profanity nor those who are not willing to journey on a kind of magical mystery tour And oh yes, the number 9 plays prominently, including the division into 9 chapters Read it and be awed

  7. Barbara says:

    This was a 4 and a half star book for me I am a fan of the author and of the late John Lennon I like the uncooperative attitude of the west of Ireland the relentless rain, the locals who may pretend to be obtuse, and the evasive sun The author captures these aspects of Mayo which becomes another character in the book in addition to John Lennon and Cornelius, his local driver It is 1978 and John is desperate to get to an island in Clew Bay that he bought years earlier Much of their time This was a 4 and a half star book for me I am a fan of the author and of the late John Lennon I like the uncooperative attitude of the west of Ireland the relentless rain, the locals who may pretend to be obtuse, and the evasive sun The author captures these aspects of Mayo which becomes another character in the book in addition to John Lennon and Cornelius, his local driver It is 1978 and John is desperate to get to an island in Clew Bay that he bought years earlier Much of their time is taken up in the search for the island as John doesn t remember its name and is trying to avoid the media who have heard he is in Mayo The ensuing comedy of errors I decided was due to Cornelius just being a Mayo man It was an adventure for him, and a chance to escape the dreariness of the never ending rain John, despite his Irish roots, is just another Brit, albeit a very wealthy one While it seems John manages to disguise his true identity, a 112 year old woman knows him immediately, leading me to the conclude that everyone knows This is one example of the fake obtuseness of the citizens of Mayo John is desperate to escape the pressure of being a public figure, and his feelings of loss going back to childhood Some may not feel a lot of pity for the famous who seemingly wallow in misery, yet Barry makes Lennon a figure worthy of our compassion

  8. Amy says:

    started on audio switched over to print it didn t help.At first blush, this was merely irritating in the way that Adele is irritating when singing about when we were young when she is twenty freaking five Most of the time I can forget that she is a hyperbolically successful child and focus on her vocals and turns of phrase But when every station of the radio plays her songs every 30 minutes and she must remind us that she is SO OLD and can NEVER REGAIN SO MUCH in every new single, I s started on audio switched over to print it didn t help.At first blush, this was merely irritating in the way that Adele is irritating when singing about when we were young when she is twenty freaking five Most of the time I can forget that she is a hyperbolically successful child and focus on her vocals and turns of phrase But when every station of the radio plays her songs every 30 minutes and she must remind us that she is SO OLD and can NEVER REGAIN SO MUCH in every new single, I start wanting someone to slap her And the way exhausted, world weary, haunted John Lennon reads here, he should be well past his prime, until one realizes he s thirty seven and I can t help it, the eye rolls are happening And yes, depression is real and IMPORTANT blah blah blah manic depressiveness as well which he appears at times to exhibit but really, in the end, what I m truly left with is a great big man child who can t keep his shite together and can t stay with his steadfast wife and his beautiful heart rending children because he ll go mad with the happiness of it, the normalcy of it or some such soul crushing thing And this is supposed to be deep and fascinating and illuminating and what not because the man was an artistic genius Don t get me wrong I love the Beatles I think their work was truly groundbreaking and changed the course of music and rhythm and taking risks etc etc etc I don t think we could have a Thom Yorke today without a Paul McCartney and John Lennon back in the day But I m also a fan of grown ass men I can read unlikeable main characters, or flawed characters or whatnot I m down with that I just read The Nest and against all expectations loved it despite yet another set of privileged white NYC ers being faced with a threat to their trust fund The difference is this those characters are flawed with purpose and they have true consequences to their missteps, and sometimes they learn Or at least the flaws are OMG to the reader and we read them as cautionary tales Here, the flaws and the narcissistic journey to find himself, and find his voice art history truth transcendence whatever the eff he came out here to get away from the crowds and his wife and the baby baby no name, not even my baby or anything else remotely connected here it is treated as sacred and imbued with holiness and otherworldliness and it seems this is only the case because it s JOHN LENNON, GENIUS And I m just not buying it It s the same reason I don t read John Irving any he always has to have one ormale, always male main characters that the reader is subjected to in depth detail of their complete assholery for no other reason than to show what tormented but obviously genius artists they are I don t understand why that s lauded by critics so thoroughly and it just irked the hell out of me here.Now, despite that, it s still a begrudgingly good rating because the writing is fairly amazing even if it makes for difficult reading This is challenging stuff, this Odd Couple road trip that never seems to progress anywhere between the stream of consciousness, the dreamlike, fugue state scenes, 70 s primal scream sessions, the conversations that are sometimes out loud, sometimes internal, sometimes might not actually be occurring but is as a rule, never in quotation marks and even the sudden drop of the fourth wall when the author begins to speak directly to the reader about his experiences researching the book definitely my favorite part there is a lot to digest The dialogue is full of quirk and Irish Liverpoolian humor He read once that the hare augurs darkly in the Irish mythology From what he can remember there is fuck all that augurs brightly in the Irish mythology.andThe examined life turns out to be a pain in the stones.And finally, there is a wonderful vein of the supernatural, of time unhinged and familial history always at hand that feels true in the West Ireland Barry describes But I m still irked

  9. Krista says:

    The silence that holds is easier now and London is pinkly waking They ve been through a lot together The rattling of the bones the squalls and the screeching the occult shimmers the lonely airs the sudden madcap waltzes the hollowed voices the sibilant hiss the asylum screams the wretched moans the violence, love, and tenderness beatlebone The first of the buses goes by at a sprightly chug. Beatlebone was on my radar last year, but without ordering it from abroad, I couldn t get The silence that holds is easier now and London is pinkly waking They ve been through a lot together The rattling of the bones the squalls and the screeching the occult shimmers the lonely airs the sudden madcap waltzes the hollowed voices the sibilant hiss the asylum screams the wretched moans the violence, love, and tenderness beatlebone The first of the buses goes by at a sprightly chug. Beatlebone was on my radar last year, but without ordering it from abroad, I couldn t get a copy of it for myself I was able to read Kevin Barry s IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winning The City of Bohane to get a taste of his style, and it honestly didn t knock my socks off Lo and behold, Beatlebone appeared as a two dollar remainder at the bookshop, and despite the hype, and despite my own feverish teenaged Beatlemania, I remain unwowed I love Irish writers, I am open to surrealism, I am primed for a John Lennon story, but despite my admiration for many of Barry s passages, this simply didn t add up to much for me He planned to live out on his island for a bit but he never did He bought it when he was twenty seven in the middle of a dream But now it s the Maytime again and he s come over a bit strange and dippy again the hatches to the underworld are opening and he needs to sit on his island again just for a short while and alone and look out on the bay and the fat knuckle of the holy mountain across the bay and have a natter with the bunnies and get down with the starfish and lick the salt off his chops and waggle his head like a dog after rain and Scream and let nobody come find him. Some bits of this story are apparently real John Lennon did buy the isle of Dorinish off Ireland s west coast, and in the Seventies, he may have made some trips there In our fictional version, John is thirty seven, happily married to Yoko and retired from show business yet he continues to be haunted by the loss of his mother when he was a teenager Scream Therapy has brought some relief, and he reckons that if he could get to his island for three days of solitary screaming into the wind, he might be able to exorcise himself of her ghost for good But getting to Dorinish proves tricky saddled, somehow, with the local fixer Cornelius O Grady a buffoon who spies the press around every corner and insists on putting John in disguises and never taking the straight path from A to B John despairs he ll never make it to Dorinish Most of the plot involves this struggle O Grady wanting to hide out and accidentally on purpose introducing John to his own circle, while John becomes increasingly impatient and the plot isn t really the point, I suppose There was plenty of humour in the struggle, John flees to beachy nature and rediscovers his muse, and 80% of the way through, the author himself intrudes to explain why he s writing this book I took out a pad and began to make a sketch of the scene The building itself is a Gotham folly, with dark stones, sombre turrets and an air of bespooked Victoriana, and as I drew I tried to imagine within its occult dreams, and the view across the trees, say on the night of a spring gale, in the soak of an insomniac sweat, as the trees shake out their fearful limbs, and the green shimmers of the treetop faeries move like gasses through the dark The fact that I am myself tuned to occult frequencies and frankly I have come to a point in my life where this is no longer deniable felt like half the battle, but still I had a nagging worry at the edges of my thought, and it was this If I was going to make beatleboneeverything it should be, I needed to get to the island.I don t need a paint by numbers story arc, but I do need somethingthan this to happen As for the small scale writing, there were many perfectly savoury bits that I enjoyed immenselyHe lies back in his seat, pale and wakeful, chalk white comedian his sore bones and age No peace, no sleep, no meaning And the sea is out there and moving He hears it drag on its cables a slow, rusted swooning Which is poetical, to a man in the dark hours, in his denim, and lonely it moves him.The sphere of the night turns by its tiny increments The last of the night swings across its arches and greys He can do anything he wants to do He can live in a Spanish castle he can run with the tides of the moon He turns his face to settle his cheek on the dirt He rests for a while Mars is a dull fire in the eastern sky He lies for a long calm while until the hills are woken and the birds come to flirt and call and he feels clairvoyant now and newly made John lies saddled on the warm earth and he listens to its bones. Beatlebone won the 2015 Goldsmiths Prize awarded to fiction that opens up new possibilities for the novel form , so if one wanted to make the claim that this book s genius simply went over my head, I d accept that Still wasn t my cuppa, but I m happy to have finally read it

  10. Steve says:

    I absolutely loved City of Bohane, with its tensions, character and humour illuminated by beautiful prose and poetic but true speech rhythms.With Beatlebone, it s as if the author thinks we ll love his writing style so much that we don t really need anything else It didn t work for me Yes, there is beautiful prose, and poetic but true speech but it wasn t enough I ve seen this book described as a comedy but it didn t make me laugh.