Protagonist returns with the burdens of later life

Sep 21, 2013

Protagonist returns with the burdens of later life

by J.P. O'malley

In popular Irish mythology it’s often said that the seeds of the Celtic Tiger were sown shortly after Italia ’90, when the country’s team reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup soccer tournament for the first time. THE GUTS, by Roddy Doyle. Jonathan Cape, ...

Second-person narration brings home realities of poverty

May 5, 2013

Second-person narration brings home realities of poverty

by Andrew Anthony

Mohsin Hamid’s new novel comes with a ringing endorsement on its back cover from Jay McInerney, a writer one doesn’t readily associate with subcontinental fictions about escaping poverty. But McInerney can speak with authority on second-person narration, having written “Bright Lights, Big City,” one ...

Epiphanies for characters, readers

Jan 19, 2013

Epiphanies for characters, readers

by Paul Mccarthy

WE, THE CHILDREN OF CATS, by Tomoyuki Hoshino, edited and translated by Brian Bergstrom with an additional translation by Lucy Fraser. PM Press, 2012, 266 pages, $20 (paperback) In a moving preface to the English translation, author Tomoyuki Hoshino speaks of his love for ...