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At Swim, Two Boys

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    Jamie O'Neill(Author)

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Set in Dublin and its near surrounds AT SWIM, TWO BOYS follows the turbulent year to Easter 1916. At its core it tells the love of two boys, Jim, a naive and reticent scholar, the younger son of foolish, aspirant shopkeeper Mr Mack, and Doyler, the dark rough diamond son of Mr Mack's old army pal. Out at the Forty Foot, that great jut of rock where gentlemen bathe in the scandalous nude, the two boys meet day after day. There they make a pact: that Doyler will teach Jim to swim, and in a year, they will swim the bay to the distant beacon of the Muglins rock, to raise the Green and claim it for themselves. As Ireland sets forth towards her uncertain glory there unfolds a love story of the utmost tenderness, carrying the reader through the turbulence of the times like a full blown sail. AT SWIM, TWO BOYS is written with great verve and mastery. It shares those elements that are the marks of all great books - the breadth of its canvas, the skill of its brush, the intensity of its subjects and, above all, the shining light of its humanity.

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  • PDF | 576 pages
  • Jamie O'Neill(Author)
  • Scribner Book Company (Mar. 2002)
  • English
  • 4
  • Gay & Lesbian

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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'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 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 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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