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Dublin in the Rain Paperback – November 11, 2013
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Undoubtedly the author is a master story teller. The way he vividly shared the life of a young man is commendable
The narration is chopped into small blocks, so you can easily go through them without feeling overwhelmed with emotions. The book basically is an emotional roller coaster rather than a fast paced plot. The narration skill basically allows you to live the life of our central character with perfection and it is as if you are standing by the fence watching this young man go through his life
The book at the same time also does suffer because of this as it gets too detailed and slower explaining every stage of the character, but then again that can also arise from the fact that I am not a common visitor to this genre and maybe this is how you put across the life of a person.
I did feel that by the middle of the book, the pace was painfully slow especially when we are introduced to a new character Sophia and her relationship with our central character. Frankly those part of the book carried conversations and language that skipped my brain. Things were going really descriptive and uncomfortable for my taste so much that I feared the book was slipping into another genre completely. I am talking about the detailed narration of our central character’s sexual encounters which I thought was really unnecessary as it was way too many and totally deviating from the main plotline
Apart from that the book had a fantastic narration, impressive language and most importantly the characters are so enriched with definite personality traits and individuality that you start to feel accustomed and emotionally attached to each of them which is a huge thing to achieve when writing a book. Overall feel of the book is sort of monotone but it perfectly tugs the right chords of its readers
The book should come with a strong warning that it can make you emotionally vulnerable as the author had worked a great deal to make you go through the psyche of each characters, just as they are in the story
i kept waiting to contemplate why exactly the title goes "Dublin in the Rain" when the entire story is happening in Sheffield, London but it was at the end that i finally understood why and can't deny it was clever
The book basically is a journey where you get to watch a young boy discover everything from family, friends, love to a meaning for his life. The author is wickedly good at bringing out the emotions of its character and making the readers go through it successfully. The book is intense and high on emotions. The narration skill is amazing and so is the language as far as it not the portions where literary geniuses and their works are discussed because then it goes all cryptic at least for me but those who are Shakespearean/vintage author fans ( wait is that a word ? !! well) would enjoy those portions of the book. To be frank the book may not be of everybody’s liking as it can be intense and you need to have an inclination towards this genre but even still I would say it is a great work.
---― Andrew Critchley, Dublin in the Rain
Andrew Critchley, an English author, has spun a spectacular story in his debut novel, Dublin in the Rain, which follows the life of an emotionally-torn man, named, Jonathan Paul Melton.
On a rainy day in Dublin, during the spring of 1947, a tragic accident brought devastation to those involved. As the subsequent years pass, unable to come to terms with the accident, the survivors set the path for a deeply troubled future for each generation that followed.
Jonathan Melton had a traumatic childhood in which he ended up in foster care, but when he meets the wild, willful, sexually experienced and free spirited Sophia at university, everything changes. At first inept with women, Jonathan’s complex relationship with Sophia evolves from a one-way obsession into a genuine love and shared passion, as the relationship brings happiness, romance and joy to both their lives that neither thought was ever possible. The two marry, and Sophia gives birth to their first child; a beautiful baby daughter. Everything is seemingly perfect, until the evening that their tiny baby is found dead in her cot.
As his world falls apart around him, Jonathan slips into a dark depression and, increasingly haunted by his past, becomes distant and dysfunctional as he struggles to cope with the loss of his daughter. His marriage to Sophia disintegrates, and Jonathan along with it as he descends further into darkness after leaving Sophia. Although his close friend David succeeds to some extent in saving him from his demons, Jonathan remains a lost and lonely soul, until his apparent chance meeting with the enigmatic Maolíosa in a Dublin bar. Maolíosa and Jonathan form a unique bond, and she challenges his vision of life and the world around him. Fate intervenes, but it ultimately leads Jonathan to redemption, and a final resolution to the aftermath and consequences of the 1947 tragedy.
Growing up in a broken up home, Jonathan not only faces emotional insecurity but also haunted by his past. Getting a chance to love someone and to be loved by someone in his fragile life, Jonathan started seeing life in a better perspective. This woman named Sophia gave him another chance to have a better life. Soon they are married, but their happiness was not long-living. Tragedy stoke again, when their new-born baby dies unexpectedly. Following which Jonathan started drinking away his pain and in his worst moments, he met another woman who challenges him and gave him a new hope to lead a better life.
Jonathan's story has no happiness. Only pain- deep, raw and gripping pain! From the very first page, my heart started to well up, and as Jonathan moved on to his life gradually, I got accustomed with him more personally. I felt like it was my story and at times, I so felt like Jonathan.
The author's writing is absolutely brilliant and his lyrical prose draws you into the story. The author has made his story very engaging and I felt the protagonist had a strong voice and with such an arresting narration, I felt more hooked into the core of the story. The author has a deep psychological grip on his characters, which are portrayed as multifaceted, flawed and sympathetic human beings, who are all achingly vulnerable and all wracked by fear, need and guilt.
I found some unnecessary part in the book. Well the chemistry between Jonathan and Sophia is very charged, heated and the author has described it way too passionately, but I felt that their intricate sexual encounters could have been spared for his readers! So that disappointed me a lot!
The author has written about all kind of emotions with great vividness. I mean it's very rare that you come across a book which depicts the right emotions at the right times, mind it! This book is one of the rarest of rare gem, which is not only an emotional, painful journey of a man to know his soul but also a poignant tale about love and mystery!
Yes, there is a mystery and the author has delivered it quite strikingly. I mean with such a climax, I can only say that I hardly came across such a compelling novel which brings out all kinds of emotions within me!
Verdict: A brilliant debut literary novel and you surely can't miss out this one.