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Langrishe, Go Down By Aidan Higgins,

  • Title: Langrishe, Go Down
  • Author: Aidan Higgins
  • ISBN: 9781564783523
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • An eminently poetic book, Langrishe, Go Down Higgins s first novel traces the fall of the Langrishes a once wealthy, highly respected Irish family through the lives of their four daughters, especially the youngest, Imogen, whose love affair with a self centered German scholar resonates throughout the book Their relationship, told in lush, erotic, and occasionally melaAn eminently poetic book, Langrishe, Go Down Higgins s first novel traces the fall of the Langrishes a once wealthy, highly respected Irish family through the lives of their four daughters, especially the youngest, Imogen, whose love affair with a self centered German scholar resonates throughout the book Their relationship, told in lush, erotic, and occasionally melancholic prose, comes to represent not only the invasion and decline of this insular family, but the decline of Ireland and Western Europe as a whole in the years preceding World War II In the tradition of great Irish writing, Higgins s prose is a direct descendent from that of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, and nowhere else in his mastery of the language as evident as in Langrishe, Go Down, which the Irish Times applauded as the best Irish novel since At Swim Two Birds and the novels of Beckett.
    Langrishe Go Down An eminently poetic book Langrishe Go Down Higgins s first novel traces the fall of the Langrishes a once wealthy highly respected Irish family through the lives of their four daughters especially

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    1. Aidan Higgins is one of Dalkey s most pubbed authors, so my curiosity took to me to his work via this non Dalkey edition of his first novel Beckett described this novel astutely, and somewhat contemporarily, as literary shit, and I have to agree with Sam in this instance this here is some shameless literary shit Higgins is the exact opposite of Dalkey s other Irish superstar Flann O Brien sincere, lyrical to the nth degree, robustly modernist where Flann was loosely postmodernist and the plot an [...]

    2. A new 2016 edition with the bonus of an insightful afterword from John Banville.The blurb tells you all you need to know as far as plot the youngest of the four sisters embarks on a reckless love affair, set against the backdrop of a crumbling 1930 s Europe and there are no surprises along the way The predictability, though, doesn t matter, I didn t read this to find out what happened next Higgins constructs, or recreates, his atmospheric world and that is enough Evening.Steam on the surface by [...]

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    4. First published in 1966, this novel still reads as something different, something spare and original, as Hopkins has said It is the story of a quartet of spinster sisters and an itinerant German scholar, and yet, at the same time, it isn t Only two of the sisters enter the play, and one of those only peripherally Imogen and Otto are the story The book s structure is part fragment, part narrative, and Higgins plays with point of view and time and place, just enough There s finesse here Any of th [...]

    5. A vastly underrated novel, rich and teeming with subtleties In the long Irish tradition of the big house novel and at the same time a sharp allegory about the temptation and erotic pull of Fascism An attractive German charms and seduces a lazily self absorbed household in the 1930 s, and then destroys everything You d have to be dense not to see the meaning of it.

    6. This slow burn dirge chronicles one familial example in the decline of Ireland s landed gentry After the Langrishe patriarch passes on, his four adult daughters fade away into spinsterhood on the family land, slowly selling off bits and pieces in order to survive The bulk of the plot dwells on the youngest daughter Imogen, who steps out of spinster character to fritter away a couple of years in the company of a freeloading German scholar Far from the usual Dalkey fare, the book stays the realist [...]

    7. I didn t like Langrishe, Go Down so much as Balcony of Europe, but I believe it was Higgins first book the writing was still stunning I just didn t find the narrative to be very strong.

    8. There are many reasons why one starts a book I picked up thos one because Harold Pinter had adapted it into a tv movie which I have as yet not seen because who doesn t like all things Irish The novel is written well enough, but there is something of the underwhelming about it It situates the reader very well in 1930 s Ireland, but it lacks a certain denseness of writing would have made up for it s lack of a complicated plot, or really much of a plot at all The novel is for the most part about th [...]

    9. I wanted to love this as C Toibin, guy who wrote The Master, says it s wonderful but I can t get a rhythm with it Perhaps you have to be Irish I ve read about a third and have put it down but will pick up again and see what happens to the Blanche Dubouis sp type character and her brittle, sexless sister that makes the book seem interesting than it is.

    10. My brother left this book at my house a few years ago I finally got around to reading it I cannot believe I knew nothing of Higgins all these years Some very good writing with the best of the Irish sense and sensibilities I was left wondering how Otto Beck might have been swallowed up, back in Nazi Germany.

    11. I use the word read in the loosest possible sense after the first 100 pages, I stopped truly reading and started skimming, and I only did that because it s a book club book It s terribly low brow of me, I know, but I do so like a plot in my novels, and I just couldn t find much of one here.

    12. Sorry to say that it was difficult to read The lead male character had few redeeming qualities He seemed like a weak imitation of Hesse s Knulp The author seemed to be imitating Joyce and Beckett There is some beautiful writing and nice imagery, but didn t hold together for me.

    13. Recently deceased and much ignored Irish writer, who was really quite a talent Re read this after a period of some years inscription on front par said I bout hit Jan 13 1979 Well

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