I personaggi che qui a Belfast si muovono sono simpatici, stravaganti, ho sviluppato con loro quel bel rapporto di amicizia letteraria che capita solo con i gruppi di personaggi spassosi e veri davvero Ecco, veri c esattamente tanta verit in queste pagine, con sentimento sincero Wilson parla della sua Irlanda cos tanto amata nonostante tutto e nonostante le sue contraddizioni, e lancia un bellissimo messaggio di speranza, mai melenso o stucchevole, mai di troppo.
Un romanzo che un bellissimo equilibrio fra la voglia di urlare per la paura e quella di piangere per la gioia Potente, e oggi pi importante che mai.
Chi ha annacquato la Guinness Un romanzo fatto di due capitoli intorno a questi l undicesimo e il dodicesimo , il nulla.
Un nulla fatto di storielle banali, personaggi macchiettistici, situazioni in bilico fra il paradossale, la commedia romanticoagrodolce alla Nick Hornby e un umorismo inglese pardon, irlandese che dovrebbe far ghignare e invece, a malapena, strappa un sorriso situazioni, quelle che raccontano le storie e le gesta dei due amici Jake e Chuckie cattolico l uno e protestante l altro, ma tu guarda le combinazioni che si inseriscono nella realt storica della Belfast dei Troubles, degli attentati, delle fazioni, dell IRA appena prima del cessate il fuoco della seconda met degli anni Novanta.
E qui scatta l incazzatura mi si perdoner il linguaggio da muratore di West Belfast perch , mi dico, accidenti a te, Robert McLiam Wilson, sai scrivere due capitoli cos belli e cos intensi, cos drammatici per il loro violento realismo, due capitoli di una forza e di una potenza inaudite, e che fai, me li mimetizzi in mezzo a pi di quattrocento pagine di mediocrit e noia assoluta Vade retro, McLiam, due stelle sono anche troppe per quello che hai scritto, soprattutto pensando a quello che avresti potuto scrivere ma chi credevi di essere, il Nick Hornby dei tempi d oro Irlanda del Nerd, mi verrebbe da dire e questa una battuta che piacerebbe a a Chuckie O a Jacke O forse anche a Robert McLiam Wilson , se non fosse che siamo fermi ad appena un attimo prima ma Chuckie e Jacke sono proprio due Nerd prima dell avvento dell era digitale, e il livello delle battute e dell ironia pi o meno questo, ahim.
Peccato, perch a Belfast c il mare.
Non l avevo mai pensato, e McLiam Wilson me l ha fatto capire, come nessuno mai, nelle belle parole dedicate alla sua citt.
Poi, per , l aria si fece pastosa, densa come melassa lo dice persino lui , proprio niente a che vedere con lo spendore di una pinta di Guiness appena spillata, con l emozione di un tramonto sul mare irlandese e la sensazione di aver perso del tempo, fra situazioni grottesche e finali multipli telefonati no, pure la doppia svolta gay no, per favore , troppo forte.
Che poi io preferisco le Lambic, o le Rosse, se proprio devo confessarlo.
Eureka Street Is A Story Of Belfast In The Six Months Just Before And After The Latest Ceasefires It Is The Story Of Chuckie Lurgan, Fat, Protestant And Poor, Who Suddenly Becomes Very Wealthy By Various Legal But Immoral Means And Of Jake Jackson, Catholic, Reformed Tough Guy, Who Has Been Abandoned By His English Girlfriend And Is Looking For Love Meanwhile The Strange Letters OTG Start Appearing On Walls And Paving Stones Throught The City Now A Major Four Part Drama For BBC TWO To Be Screened At The End Of August , Starring Vincent Regan, Mark Benton, Marie Jones, Dervla Kirwan And Sorcha Cusack All stories are love stories is the first sentence of this book It s not a love story in the traditional sense but a delicious tribute to the city of Belfast In Chapter 10, McClaim Wilson writes, cities are the meeting places of stories and that is exactly what this book is about Set in the mid 1990 s, when the troubles of Norther Ireland were at a fevered pitch, Jake, a rough and tumble Catholic, and Chuckie, a fat Protestant boy with big dreams, are friends As they grope their way to maturity, the boys go through a series of adventures that are so humerous that I laughed out loud and then so sad that tears ran down my cheek It s a tightrope between comedy and tragedy just as it is in real life and the author handles it beautifully Sadly, this is not a book I would have picked on my own When my Goodreads Ireland book club selected it, I was a little hesitant Who wants to read about the troubles in Ireland But the book is about living in the middle of chaos, how it is possible to go about daily living with bombs exploding around you and how people just go about their business no matter the circumstances It s in Ireland but it could be anywhere Afghanistan, Syria or NYC after 9 11 One of the chapters dealt with the aftermath of a terrorism attack and it was so incredibly moving that I sobbed all the way through it The author states, For the men who planted the bomb knew it was not their fault It was the fault of their oppressors who would not do what they wanted them to do Belfast, NYC, Sandy Hook and Fort Hood have all been victims of that thinking I cannot recommend this book highly The writing is lyrical The story involves all your emotions and you just end up caring about all the characters It is a perfect book.
The title couldn t be precise, as this is truly a depiction of contemporary Belfast that is like no other as far as I know It lacks sentimentality to the point where terrorist bombings are framed by cynical love scenes A refreshingly, humanly complex treatment of politics on an individual level.
I can t say enough about this book There s a great review by Allan posted last week Allan grew up in Northern Ireland and lives in Belfast I come to this book as an outsider, but someone who has visited Northern Ireland half a dozen times, starting back during the height of The Troubles MacLiam Wilson, the author, loves this city and it comes through constantly in the book And he loves the people of Belfast This is from the last page of the book The mountain looks flat and grand in the greyness, it is stupidly green It looks like all cities this morning, Belfast It s a tender frail thing, composite of houses, roads and car parks Where are the people They are waking or failing to wake Tender is a small word for what I feel for this town I think of my city s conglomerate of bodies A Belfastful of spines, kidneys, livers and lungs Sometimes, this frail cityful of organs makes me seethe and boil with tenderness They seem so unmurderable and, because I think of them, they belong to me Belfast only a jumble of streets and a few big bumps in the ground, only a whisper of God The book tells a story, and at times it is hilarious, and crude An interesting insight is made by a French journalist to the city who asks someone to explain why the Irish kill other Irish MacLiam Wilson makes fun of those politicians and paramilitary groups who take themselves very seriously There are some who would be insulted by the writer s irreverence But his irreverence is the point He is saying get over yourselves This , I have learned, from Irish friends, is a fundamental value in Irish society Be humble, don t put yourself above others, and if you do, we ll knock you down a peg or two McLiam Williams is a master.
Makoisa tarina, monipuolinen ja taidolla kerrottu Belfast el ja hengitt , t ynn tarinoita ja ihmiskohtaloita.
I joined Goodreads after a bad experience with a collection of loosely tied short stories that shall remain nameless That book hit me over the head with a bat, kicked me in the gut, drove over me and dropped what was left in a frozen river from a tall bridge It was a formative experience, but at the moment I hated it so much so much fiercely, with passion And on top of that I thought it was pretty shitty the proportion quality effect it had on me was completely off So I told myself never again never again to pick up a book based on titles, covers and blurbs Viva goodreads and previous opinions The problem of that being, I would have missed this book too.
Curiously, my love for Eureka Street didn t bloom overnight In fact, after finishing it, I thought it was good enough, but the plot is not exactly believable and I was expecting it to look cheap in hindsight What happened, instead, is that it became insidiously part of the books that I read just because And the BBC Northern Ireland mini series was great too It s available on youtube, if anyone is interested So I picked up a soft cover edition whose paper had seen than a little rain for 2 euros in a half open air second hand bookstore on the corner of my hostal in Berlin and I powered through the german feeling I was missing perhaps 30% percent of the book as I probably did This was not meant to be a life companion, by any means So why And how can I have it again I m going to tell you what this is about, thought it s about men and women hitting their thirties, looking around, realising that they have somehow lost their footing after leaving college, and building a life they can go on with It s about coming out of the holes we find ourselves into It s a feel good book read only the first chapter and the last, and it ll be than obvious It deals with anger, poverty, difference, missed chances and risks taken that impossibly payed off Look at the relationships all of them are about difference, being happy with it, accepting it, reconciliation, hope they mimic Ireland s political situation, they are based on forgiveness, and they have this bright tomorrow ahead of them and I m rooting for them all, because life is not about being right or being wrong it s not even about agreeing it s about doing your best and letting others do theirs.
Avevano tutti una storia Non erano storie brevi, o non avrebbero dovuto esserlo Avrebbero dovuto diventare lunghi romanzi, splendide narrazioni di ottocento pagine e pi , non soltanto le vite delle vittime, ma anche quelle che si erano trovate sul loro cammino, l intreccio di conoscenze, amicizie e relazioni intime che le legava a coloro che amavano, che conoscevano e da cui erano conosciute, una rete di grandiosa complessit e ricchezza Che cosa era accaduto Una cosa molto semplice storia e politica erano giunte a un vicolo cieco.
Belfast 1994, due amici che intrecciano le loro storie di romanticismo e ascesa sociale, dentro ai Troubles, al tempo del cessate il fuoco cattolici e protestanti su fronti contrapposti di una guerra civile per una storia di sangue, desiderio e ideali Gli abitanti dell Irlanda del Nord sono pronti ad incontrarsi su un terreno comune, a superare gli sbarramenti, ma nessuno vuole abbandonare le armi, in attesa di un accordo In questo contesto storico, McLiam Wilson inscrive le storie dei suoi personaggi imperfetti e benevoli, vicende grottesche e avvenimenti alcolici, sesso occasionale e sogni di grandezza un epica urbana e di quartiere, nella quale ognuno ricerca un altro essere umano da amare e le famiglie si allontanano in un evasione da normalit e solitudine, che genera contrasti e ambiguit , violenza e appartenenza Tra disavventure sentimentali e economiche, uomini e donne della working class comunicano tra loro di ragazze e illusioni, denaro e conflitti, birra e risse, scontri e manifesti, politica e identit popolare Sopravvivono in una citt che parla solo di guerra e attentati hanno sfiducia e rancore e insieme una speranza, sono coraggiosi e incoscienti Il racconto procede per memorie, depistaggi e coincidenze caratteri e intrecci si presentano alternativi in prevedibilit e vivacit , per un buon romanzo scritto con onest e narrato con meritevole entusiasmo.
Jake Jackson is a lapsed Catholic He has survived what was apparently a horrific childhood, to be educated beyond his station, only to find that the only thing he s truly good at is fighting He tends to fall in love two to three times a day, primarily with lamentable results Jake is the narrator of this unique, hilarious book.
The outstanding character of Eureka Street is Chuckie Lurgan, Jake s best friend Fat and pale, he grew up in his Methodist home, raised by his mother his father took off long ago After his thirtieth birthday, Chuckie makes a list of his accomplishments, and decides to get rich In the course of the book, not only does he succeed, but he manages to have Max, a lovely American girl, fall in love with him Chuckie s hilarious so well drawn, and so well described I ve met dozens of Chuckies in the North of Ireland myself.
I can t think of another book that I ve read recently where the author is so deeply in love with the culture and the people of a city McLiam writes absolutely beautifully and it s the kind of beauty that sneaks up on the reader To those of you who have not seen Belfast, it s a miracle of a book, it truly is Eureka Street is such a wonderful read I couldn t think of anyone I know who wouldn t completely enjoy it McLiam does a particularly good job in separating the various groups because believe me, the people in the North of Ireland suffer from a unique insanity and I don t think it will ever change The peace is still holding up in the North, and it s a blooming miracle that it is Almost as much of a miracle as Eureka Street itself.