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From a Low and Quiet Sea: Shortlisted for…
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From a Low and Quiet Sea: Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018 (2018 original; edició 2018)

de Donal Ryan (Autor)

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"A new moving novel of three men, each searching for something they have lost, from the award-winning and Man Booker nominated author Donal Ryan. For Farouk, family is all. He has protected his wife and daughter as best he can from the war and hatred that has torn Syria apart. If they stay, they will lose their freedom, will become lesser persons. If they flee, they will lose all they have known of home, for some intangible dream of refuge in some faraway land across the merciless sea. Lampy is distracted; he has too much going on in his small town life in Ireland. He has the city girl for a bit of fun, but she's not Chloe, and Chloe took his heart away when she left him. There's the secret his mother will never tell him. His granddad's little sniping jokes are getting on his wick. And on top of all that, he has a bus to drive; those old folks from the home can't wait all day. The game was always the lifeblood coursing through John's veins: manipulating people for his enjoyment, or his enrichment, or his spite. But it was never enough. The ghost of his beloved brother, and the bitter disappointment of his father, have shadowed him all his life. But now that lifeblood is slowing down, and he's not sure if God will listen to his pleas for forgiveness. Three men, searching for some version of home, their lives moving inexorably towards a reckoning that will draw them all together"--… (més)
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Títol:From a Low and Quiet Sea: Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018
Autors:Donal Ryan (Autor)
Informació:Doubleday Ireland (2018), Edition: 01, 192 pages
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From a Low and Quiet Sea de Donal Ryan (2018)

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This stunning novel was recommended to me by Becky from Becky's Books and it was only after I'd read it and sorted my thoughts that I discovered that Kate from Books are My Favourite and Best had reviewed it too...

Written in three entirely separate narratives brought together in a concluding chapter, From and Low and Quiet Sea tells the story of three men unknown to each other. Farouk is a doctor who fled ISIS in Syria; Lampy is troubled young Irishman with a broken heart; and John is a chancer who made an art form of bearing false witness against his neighbours. His narration is told first person, as a penitent seeking absolution for a wicked life.

The author's choice to place Farouk's tragic story first makes Lampy's heartbreak seem initially to be less calamitous. Being dumped by a girlfriend and having a lack-lustre job with no future is a commonplace, but in Ryan's compassionate hands the reader sees that grief, no matter how it's caused, is devastating. Both Farouk and Lampy struggle to articulate their feelings and can't 'move on' at the pace that life so heartlessly seems to demand. Their losses and the hopes they refuse to discard are always in their thoughts. In Lampy's case, this failure to attend to the here-and-now is catastrophic; for Farouk, it impacts on his chances for resettlement and his relationships within the refugee camp.

Are there readers who feel compassion for John? It's hard to do that when reading his narrative, noting that his repentance is triggered only by thoughts of his impending death in the confessional fine and wide, not like the upright coffins sometimes used. Even though he had his travails, not the least the unexpected death of his much-loved and admired brother, John is a low-life, one who takes what he wants, with violence if it suits him. It is only in the concluding pages when the threads of this narrative come together that the horror of his death is revealed... and no one deserves a death like that. Even Lampy would not have wished it on him.

This is not a book to read in haste, and it bears re-reading well.
  anzlitlovers | May 13, 2021 |
The stories of three men whose lives ultimately interweave: Farouk, Lampy and John. All, in some way at sea in their lives, all at different times in their lives, all just about surviving.

The writing shifts a bit with the telling of each story, but there are stories within stories of these lives, a blending. ( )
  Caroline_McElwee | Jan 22, 2021 |
I've read Irish author Donal Ryan's first four books and loved them all. As for FROM A LOW AND QUIET SEA (2018), ditto. With its first three sections of fifty pages each, it seems almost like he's given us three very separate, gem-like novellas. The first presents Farouk, a British-educated doctor, who flees with his wife and small daughter from the war in Syria to the West. The second centers on Lampy, a twenty-ish young man, jilted by his lover, who lives with his unmarried mother and grandfather and is stuck in a loveless affair and a dead-end job at a local old folks home. The third concerns John, much older, reflecting back on his unscrupulous ways as a successful "lobbyist" and how he learned early on the advantage of a well-placed lie. All three stories are set in and around Limerick (a city Ryan knows well, as he teaches at the University there).

These three seemingly disparate lives all come together in the most moving and unexpected ways in the closing chapters, as Ryan works his usual magic, employing an unerring understanding of human nature. Did I say I loved this book? Well I did, and I do. Donal Ryan is destined to become a national treasure of Ireland. My highest recommendation.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER ( )
  TimBazzett | Nov 20, 2020 |
The stories of three very different men in very different circumstances but their lives entwined unknowingly around one woman who sustains them in their pain. The styles Ryan uses in the stories of the three men are very different, the connections only hinted at until the closing Greek-tragedy-style narrative. The sparseness of Ryan's writing I found a little frustrating as I read through but in the end it reveals a cleverness and subtlety that is admirable. June 2020. ( )
  alanca | Jul 28, 2020 |
This book is very similar to Asymmetry where it’s 3 disconnected short stories that become somewhat connected in the last bit, and then on the last page “bam! Didn’t see that crazy plot twist coming, did you reader?” His writing is lyrical and the book is all about in-depth character development...a Syrian refugee, a single Irish mum and her son, a mob-like white collar accountant...but it feels more like Ryan had written 3 short stories he liked and later decided to put them together as a novel. ( )
  strandbooks | Oct 30, 2019 |
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"A new moving novel of three men, each searching for something they have lost, from the award-winning and Man Booker nominated author Donal Ryan. For Farouk, family is all. He has protected his wife and daughter as best he can from the war and hatred that has torn Syria apart. If they stay, they will lose their freedom, will become lesser persons. If they flee, they will lose all they have known of home, for some intangible dream of refuge in some faraway land across the merciless sea. Lampy is distracted; he has too much going on in his small town life in Ireland. He has the city girl for a bit of fun, but she's not Chloe, and Chloe took his heart away when she left him. There's the secret his mother will never tell him. His granddad's little sniping jokes are getting on his wick. And on top of all that, he has a bus to drive; those old folks from the home can't wait all day. The game was always the lifeblood coursing through John's veins: manipulating people for his enjoyment, or his enrichment, or his spite. But it was never enough. The ghost of his beloved brother, and the bitter disappointment of his father, have shadowed him all his life. But now that lifeblood is slowing down, and he's not sure if God will listen to his pleas for forgiveness. Three men, searching for some version of home, their lives moving inexorably towards a reckoning that will draw them all together"--

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