An Evening of Long Goodbyes (Paperback)Paul Murray (author)
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The brilliant first novel by the author of Skippy Dies
Acclaimed as one of the funniest and most assured debuts of recent years, An Evening of Long Goodbyes is the story of Dubliner Charles Hythloday and the heroic squandering of the family inheritance. Featuring drinking, greyhound racing, vanishing furniture, more drinking, old movies, assorted Dublin lowlife, eviction and the perils of community theatre, Paul Murray's first novel is a tour de force of comedic writing wrapped in an honest-to-goodness tale of a man - and a family - living in denial.
'Hilarious, rich and satisfying' The Times Literary Supplement
'Comedy of the highest calibre and a good, fast-paced yarn. An excellent read' Sunday Tribune
'Arguably the funniest debut in years, An Evening of Long Goodbyes ranks with Zadie Smith's White Teeth as a stunning document of an English-speaking metropolis in flux. . . every joke, every observation, every name reverberates with playful nuance and nervy significance; the end result is a gleeful tweak of the New Ireland's proud nose' LA Times
Since the publication of An Evening of Long Goodbyes, Paul Murray has received much critical acclaim; his second novel, Skippy Dies, was Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 332 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm
-Arthur Phillips, bestselling author of Prague
"A lyrical, satirical tour de force, a huge, hilarious elegy. A surreal and very funny festival of truths, fictions, luck, and love. How can this be a first novel? A triumph."
-Ali Smith, Booker Prize finalist and author of Hotel World
"One of the most entertaining and laugh-out-loud Irish yarns of recent years."
"The plot scuttles along with Wodehouse-like delirium. . . . Murray's clearly having fun, but beneath the bouncy tone he manages to weave real depth into the characters' relationships."
-Time Out (London)
"A hilarious, rich and satisfying novel."
-The Times Literary Supplement
"[A] comedy of the highest caliber."
-The Sunday Tribune (Ireland)
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