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This Magnificent Desolation (Hardback)
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This Magnificent Desolation (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 18/02/2013
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A heart-breaking, staggering, soaring novel about war, music, loneliness and the redemptive power of the imagination Duncan's entire world is the orphanage where he lives, a solitary outpost in the snowy expanse of northern Minnesota. Aged ten in 1980, he has no memories of his life before now, but he has stories that he recites like prayers: the story of how his mother brought him here during the worst blizzard of the century; the story of how God spoke to him at his birth and gave him a special purpose. Duncan is sure that his mother is dead until the day she turns up to claim him. Maggie Bright, a soprano who was once the talent of her generation, now sings in a San Francisco bar through a haze of whisky cut with sharp regret. She often finishes up in the arms of Joshua McGreevey, a Vietnam vet who earns his living as part of a tunneling crew seventy feet beneath the Bay. He smells of sea silt and loam, as if he has been dredged from the deep bottom of the world - and his wounds run deep too. Thrown into this mysterious adult world, Duncan finds comfort in an ancient radio, from which tumble the voices of Apollo mission astronauts who never came home, and dreams of finding his real father. A heart-breaking, staggering, soaring novel, This Magnificent Desolation allows a child's perspective to illuminate a dark world, and explores the creeping devastation of war, the many facets of loneliness and the redemptive power of the imagination.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408833803
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 748 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 37 mm


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A beautiful, floating novel. Thomas O'Malley writes with grace and style and bravery. There is not an ounce of cynicism here. While most of us remain earthbound, O'Malley allows us to believe that we can, at various times, go to an imaginative elsewhere. Even the desolation can have its own magnificence. O'Malley is a great talent, reminiscent of another fine Irish writer, Sebastian Barry * Colum McCann *
Beautifully structured... powerful ... This Magnificent Desolation is moving and deeply affecting fiction which calls for engaged, even obsessive reading. It is a work of great artistic merit * Irish Observer *
America, as the New World, has perhaps always been where the lost seek redemption and the desolate closely harbour their dreams, and this is marvellously evoked ... A sensitive depiction of haunted and scarred characters and O'Malley's lyrical but spare prose invokes the numinous in the characters' commonplace struggles as they strive to reconcile a blasted past and a frequently ashen present * ***** Lady *

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