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At Swim, Two Boys



By: O'Neill(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Gay & Lesbian

Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Scribner Trade Pbk. Ed edition (4 Mar. 2003)

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The original title of the book: At Swim, Two Boys

Praised as "a work of wild, vaulting ambition and achievement" by Entertainment Weekly, Jamie O'Neill's first novel invites comparison to such literary greats as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Charles Dickens. Set during the year preceding the Easter Uprising of 1916--Ireland's brave but fractured revolt against British rule--At Swim, Two Boys is a tender, tragic love story and a brilliant depiction of people caught in the tide of history. Powerful and artful, and ten years in the writing, it is a masterwork from Jamie O'Neill. Jim Mack is a naive young scholar and the son of a foolish, aspiring shopkeeper. Doyler Doyle is the rough-diamond son--revolutionary and blasphemous--of Mr. Mack's old army pal. Out at the Forty Foot, that great jut of rock where gentlemen bathe in the nude, the two boys make a pact: Doyler will teach Jim to swim, and in a year, on Easter of 1916, they will swim to the distant beacon of Muglins Rock and claim that island for themselves. All the while Mr. Mack, who has grand plans for a corner shop empire, remains unaware of the depth of the boys' burgeoning friendship and of the changing landscape of a nation.

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  • By Glenn on 10 February 2010

    at swim, two boys is the most beautiful book i have ever read.i found it on amazon some years back and to this day i have never read anything so captivating and heart-gripping as it. i cried for at least half an hour after i finished reading it. partly because i felt the sadness of the ending and partly because of the sadness of ending such a beautiful book.it's true when critics comment on the quality of the writing as being amongst ireland's finest. every word is carefully thought out. it is beautiful to read.to me i see the first opening words as a rhyme, to break the reader in. it seems challenging for new readers. the language seems odd, but truly intellectual if you read on.the worst thing about the book is knowing that it will end. you are so gripped by every word that you wish you could read more and more and more.to jamie, congratulations. you have written the most beautiful book i have ever read, and probably will ever read.

  • By Allan Hildon on 10 September 2016

    I couldn't get past the excruciating first chapter. Pretentious writing which lacked authenticity despite the contrived style.

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