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The Road to Notown

Michael Foley

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ISBN 10: 0856405760 / ISBN 13: 9780856405761
Published by Blackstaff Pr, 1997
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Title: The Road to Notown

Publisher: Blackstaff Pr

Publication Date: 1997

Book Condition:Very Good

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Foley writes with the precision and economy of a poet and the razor-sharp wit of a first-class satirist."" - Books Ireland. It's a familiar story, this time set in Ireland and London. The young narrator writes a critical article on the ""famous"" writer and soon becomes privy to his world and that of the literati who surround him. Here Kyle Magee, ""the Zorba of the North,"" subjects our starry-eyed admirer to all the pretension, hypocrisy, and paranoia he can handle. Counter balancing this is the Herron household, a group of eccentric women who are tough, no-nonsense realists. Foley whisks us along on a stylish, scurrilous, and hilarious twenty-year long journey down the ""road to Notown,"" with its poets, novelists, academics, disciples, and passionate women.

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A satirical novel about the pretensions, hypocrisies and paranoia of the literary world and its hangers-on - novelists, poets, academics, passionate women and barking-mad eccentrics - and, for good measure, Northern Irish cultural conditioning, marital breakdown and the maelstrom that passes for family life. Filtered through the bemused, wisecracking observations of the young narrator, the plot gallops through a twenty-year journey from the North to Dublin to London, encountering on the way Kyle Magee 'the Zorba of the North' - novelist, painter, jazzman, drinker, lover of women and celebrant of life - and the lovers, relatives, disciples and poseurs that swirl in the vortex of his restless energy.

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