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Himself: A Novel de Jess Kidd
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Himself: A Novel (2016 original; edició 2017)

de Jess Kidd (Autor)

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"Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother's disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago. From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony's presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir amongst the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men) and suspicion (the pious). Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. Together, this improbable duo concoct an ingenious plan to get the town talking, aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead. Because in Mulderrig, ghosts can be just as chatty and opinionated as the town's flesh and blood residents. Mahony's investigation incurs the wrath of sanctimonious Father Quinn and the Widow Farelly, provokes letter bombs and poisoned scones, and culminates in a riotous production of the most controversial play in Irish history. Himself is a simmering mixture - a blend of the natural everyday and the supernatural, folklore and mystery, and a healthy dose of quintessentially Irish humor. The result is a darkly comic crime story in the tradition of a classic Irish trickster tale, complete with a twisting and turning plot, a small-town rife with secrets and an infectious love of language and storytelling that is a hallmark of the finest Irish writers"--… (més)
Membre:JayeJ
Títol:Himself: A Novel
Autors:Jess Kidd (Autor)
Informació:Atria Books (2017), Edition: Canadian Export, 384 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:re-read, irishwriters

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Es mostren 1-5 de 31 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Another excellent Jess Kidd novel. I think this is my second favorite after Things in Jars, but it's close -- Himself is also so clever, so well-written, and so shrewdly observant of small-town life. ( )
  sparemethecensor | Nov 22, 2020 |
Die Leseprobe zu Jess Kidds Debütroman Der Freund der Toten hat mich bereits begeistert und ich habe gewusst, dass der Roman mich umhauen wird - und das tat er. Ich bin absolut hingerissen von diesem Debüt!

Jess Kidd erzählt von Mahony, der im Waisenhaus aufwuchs und eines Tages in ein kleines irisches Dorf kommt, um dort das Verschwinden seiner Mutter Orla vor mehr als 20 Jahren zu ergründen. Ein Vorhaben, das die Dorfgemeinschaft beunruhigt. Hilfe bekommt Mahony von einer alten Schauspielerin, die sich nur zu gern in die Ermittlungen hängt.

Jess Kidd nutzt eine bildgewaltige Sprache, die mich von der ersten Seite an begeistert hat.
Zitat, Seite 71: "Worte können fliegen. Sie sausen durch Fenster, über Zäune, zwischen Barhockern hindurch und durch Gärten. Sie bewegen sich schnell von Mund zu Ohr, von Ohr zu Mund. Und unterwegs gewinnen sie an Tempo und Gewicht und Substanz und Schwerkraft."
Auch Jess Kidds Worte können fliegen und haben sich in meinem Kopf festgesetzt. Bis zur letzten Seite habe ich ihre umwerfenden Sätze eingesogen!

Dass das Buch als Roman in den Buchläden steht und nicht als Krimi finde ich genau richtig. Ihn nur als Krimi zu bezeichnen, wäre einfach zu kurz gegriffen. Natürlich bekommt der Leser eine Erklärung für Orlas Verschwinden, erkennt die Hintergründe und die Mitwisser, aber die Geschichte, die darum gewebt ist, ist aufgrund ihrer großartigen Sprache (ja, ich wiederhole mich hier nur zu gern!) weit mehr als das. Spannend geht es zu, aber auch mystisch und etwas unheimlich. Es ist die Geschichte eines Dorfes und ihrer Menschen - der lebenden und toten. Wie Mahony mit den Toten spricht, wie sie immer wieder in die Geschichte platzen, ist teils traurig, zumeist aber sehr sehr lustig. Mein Liebling war der sich gern entblößende Johnnie. Überhaupt die Figuren! Mahony ist klasse, aber die alte Mrs. Cauley ist dermaßen genial, dass ich mir schon um ihretwillen gewünscht habe, dass Der Freund der Toten nie zu Ende geht. Die alte Dame ist spitzzüngig, gewitzt und auch ziemlich furchteinflößend. Sie und Mahony geben ein einzigartiges Ermittler-Duo ab.

Wer sich gern in Sprache verliert und spitzzüngigen Humor liebt, wird auch Der Freund der Toten lieben. Ich liebe Jess Kidds Roman definitiv und ich kann es kaum erwarten, mehr von dieser Autorin zu lesen. 5 Sterne sind nicht genug!
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  Gesa-Marie | Aug 25, 2020 |
This book is a delightful romp through Irish village culture. At the same time, it's a dark and sordid tale with strange and awful happenings on either side of the veil. Most of all, it is an examination of human nature as only an Irish writer could conduct it, and it's a reckoning of the good and evil at war within each of us. I can't recommend this book highly enough. The characters are full bodied and quirky, each good for at least a couple of belly laughs plus the odd gasp. Please, Jess Kidd, write more for us. Your voice is as old as time yet as fresh and new as spring day. ( )
  MMKY | Jul 3, 2020 |
The plot and mystery of this novel were a bit predictable, but I loved the characters, the small town, the light supernatural elements, and the references and alignment with J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World. ( )
  bibliovermis | Feb 19, 2020 |
I seem to be on a kick for reading books which take place in Ireland lately. Not that I'm saying that's a bad thing, but it's amusing that after reading CITY OF BOHANE, my mind seemed much more well-put-together for this particular book. The two don't share much else in common, but honestly, the charm of Irish writing is more than enough to keep me paying attention.

And Kidd definitely knows how to tell a story.

HIMSELF follows the story of a man named Mahony, left as a young lad and sent to an orphanage--now come back from Dublin to his small hometown of Mulderrig. He's assumed all these years that his mother just gave him up, but now he's got reason to believe that there was foul play amuck, and the only place to have answers is Mulderrig. But his mother's name isn't a welcome one in the little village, and the bastard son of the town's wayward child reappearing doesn't make him the most popular in town. But in conjunction with the town's notorious retired theatre actress (and a bit of a rabble rouser) Mrs. Cauley, Mahony is determined to get answers, whether the townspeople like it or not.

What's interesting is that there's a strong thread of supernatural elements that traces through this entire book, and it makes up a good chunk of plot bits...but it never really feels like it's trying to make a big deal out of it. Ghosts are just kind of a thing that happen, and the ability to see them is about as noteworthy as having heterochromatic eyes or being able to speak a dead language. It's a nice change from most of the other supernatural tales we see, with their heavy-handed nature and over-the-top necessity for making Everything Supernatural Very Important And You Should Pay Attention. It's tiring and takes away from the believability of the story. This lets it be an underscore--an important one, but a low-key one--and manages to walk the line beautifully.

The ending is a little Greek theatre; there's not a great deal of clear resolution. Oh, the fact that the resolution happens is very clear, but who's being affected by what gets a little lost in vague wording and ambiguous pronouns. (This was the case for CITY OF BOHANE as well, which makes me wonder if it's a common theme in Irish writing.) It didn't so much take away from the end, and more just left me a little unsatisfied. I hadn't really expected a clear-cut ending, but this was only a hair's breadth shy of one, and I felt like it got taken out from under me. That may just be my reading, however. I am somewhat noted for missing a word or two as I read, and then being told later that I'm just bad at paying attention. You'd think I'd be better at that by now, but I do it everywhere else in my life too, so I don't know why my reading should be any different.

The characters are believable, as outrageous as they are. This is a small town; I grew up in a small town and I know how big and ridiculous the local characters can be. Any large idea, anything blown out of proportion, and particularly any deep-set religious belief is entirely fair game. It just leaves you shaking your head, wondering how these people could be so incredibly blind...and knowing in your heart that there's no other way this story could have gone.

There's nothing truly overwhelming about the book, but I don't mark that against it so much. Not every book is going to knock your socks off and leave you looking for them in the next county over, and I'm not sure I would want every book to. Sometimes you just want a calm, quaint little story, filled with good writing and dark humor, to carry you along and tell you a tale, stepping down the streets along an Irish river. And that's exactly what this book delivers. Well worth the read, and I'd be interested to see what more Kidd does in the future.

Rating: **** (Recommended) ( )
  KOrionFray | Oct 5, 2019 |
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Diabolical deeds, ferociously kept secrets, black humour and magical realism abound in Jess Kidd’s richly textured, thronging debut. At its dark heart is the tale of a long-ago murder in a remote coastal village in the west of Ireland, and the young man who, nearly 30 years later, seeks to avenge it..Kidd has produced a formidable entertainment, if frantically overcrammed with incident, characters, and most confusingly, genres. Himself is both noirish crime thriller and rollicking comedy, the latter aspect providing light relief from the breathtaking violence of the many murders... These cataclysms are perhaps too plentiful and too fantastical for one novel. Kidd has imagination to die for and a real command of plot and character; if she can trim the excess and ration the energy, her next book should be very fine indeed.
 
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"Having been abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, lovable car thief and Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But when he receives an anonymous note suggesting that foul play may have led to his mother's disappearance, he sees only one option: to return to the rural Irish village where he was born and find out what really happened twenty-six years ago. From the moment he sets foot in Mulderrig, Mahony's presence turns the village upside down. His uncannily familiar face and outsider ways cause a stir amongst the locals, who receive him with a mixture of excitement (the women), curiosity (the men) and suspicion (the pious). Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to his mother, Mahony solicits the help of brash anarchist and retired theater actress Mrs. Cauley. Together, this improbable duo concoct an ingenious plan to get the town talking, aided and abetted by a cast of eccentric characters, both living and dead. Because in Mulderrig, ghosts can be just as chatty and opinionated as the town's flesh and blood residents. Mahony's investigation incurs the wrath of sanctimonious Father Quinn and the Widow Farelly, provokes letter bombs and poisoned scones, and culminates in a riotous production of the most controversial play in Irish history. Himself is a simmering mixture - a blend of the natural everyday and the supernatural, folklore and mystery, and a healthy dose of quintessentially Irish humor. The result is a darkly comic crime story in the tradition of a classic Irish trickster tale, complete with a twisting and turning plot, a small-town rife with secrets and an infectious love of language and storytelling that is a hallmark of the finest Irish writers"--

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