First edition. Hardcover. An early novel from this Irish writer. A near fine copy with a red remainder mark to the bottom page edges and slight wear to the base of the spine in a very good plus dust jacket with a small sliver from the base of the spine missing along with some minor tears to the top of the spine and a tear at the bottom of the rear panel. Still, a solid copy.
Very Good+ in Very Good+ jacket. First edition, hardcover, tiny tear to top of spine, light bump to base of spine, touch of soiling to top edge, otherwise a Near Fine copy in a dustjacket which has a short closed tear and a touch of wrinkling to the top of the spine, but which is otherwise Near Fine.
Very Good in Near Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Inscribed & Dated by Author First edition, first prnt. Inscribed on the title page by Barry to bibliographer, bookseller, published Howard Woolmer. "To Howard Woolmer, whom I recognzed immediately-Sebastian Barry 2000 With every best wish." Woolmer's illustrated business bookmark laid-in. Spine bottom edge lightly pushed and faint beginning board edge toning; dustjacket with touch of shelfwear. Very Good condition in a Near Fine dustjacket with an archival cover. Barry's first book to be published in Great Britain. Image of actual book; not a stock photo.
Publishers Weekly, 1987-08-28 Barry's first full-length work (he has previously published short stories) weaves six threads in time and space to create a mystical and poetic tapestry. In each chapter, six incarnations of what may be the same, eternal Irishman recall their history: a petty Irish chieftain recounts his struggle for power in bawdy Middle English; a young boy tells a lyrical tale of a sad and scary childhood; a neurotic young man describes his reunion with a Swiss girlfriend. More accessible and amusing are Oliver's Kerouac-ish travels across the U.S. and Moran's contemporary adventures in Key West. While some will find the episodic nature of this narrative difficult and sometimes impenetrable (the dialogue is often Joycean and opaque), patient readers will delight in the subtle and inventive language that echoes and pays homage to the author's literary Irish forebears and yet displays Barry's own certain talent. (September 30) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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