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Orange rhymes with everything

by McKinty, Adrian.

Format: Print Book 1997
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 2 copies
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Fiction F MCK
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F MCK
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction CHECKED OUT
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""Ulster. Hard. There's too intense a feeling there. Like you're living on a wire." Like the rest of this sober if promising debut from Northern Irish writer (and now Manhattan resident ) McKinty, this tough sentence reflects bitter realities. In framing the story from the Protestant point of view, McKinty provides some keen insight on the Loyalist ethic. The narrative alternates between the gray boredom of an unnamed schoolgirl in a small seaside town just south of Belfast, and the escapades of her father, a psychopathic Protestant terrorist on the run from the authorities in New York. The man's hatred is long-engrained, and his brutality instinctual and cold-blooded. In the course of the book, we realize that he has tired of sectarianism and wants only to return home to see his child, who remains ignorant of his exploits. But the problem is that we never develop a real sympathy for either character: while the girl suffers the burden of a physical handicap, the details of her life are too mundane‘and conveyed in difficult Irish slang‘to engender empathy. Despite several flashbacks of her father as a confused teenager braving the riot-filled streets of Northern Ireland, we ultimately feel only repugnance for him, aware that when he was incarcerated after his original flight to the U.S., he "ripped apart" his cell mate in prison Finally, upon his eventual return to Northern Ireland, he carries out the knee-capping of a teenage Catholic boy. The last incident is so vile that even readers who have been unfazed to that point will probably flinch. Without a solid plot or sustained characterization, McKinty offers a harrowing depiction of hatred and violence that seems content merely to mirror Northern Ireland's troubles. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Publisher New York :William Morrow and Co.,1997
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 295 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0688144322
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