The Mangan Inheritance (New York Review Books Classics) Kindle Edition

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The Mangan Inheritance is a gift. A fine novelistic legacy. So much so that most readers will resent the last page and greedily (but oh so justifiably) demand more Moore.” —Robert Gish, The Chicago Tribune

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'The Mangan Inheritance is a marvellous book. The storytelling is faultless and I have read no book recently that had in greater measure that quality for which no superior word need be sought but "unputdownability"... a superb product of the imagination.' - Paul Ableman, Spectator

'A passionately detailed and evocative work ... what's exceptionally good is the way it sustains the powerful, simple idea of the quest inside the worrying, edgy details of a modern life.' - Hermione Lee, Observer

'Brian Moore is a highly intelligent writer who has the enviable ability to make you want to go on turning the pages.' - A. N. Wilson, Evening Standard

'Moore is one of the boldest and most inventive contemporary novelists.' - Literary Review


Product Details

  • File Size: 785 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590174488
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics; Main edition (August 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KPM270
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In the Mangan Inheritance Brian Moore employs a gothic and erotic sensibility while delineating a man's search for his unadulterated self. It bears the stamp of much of James Hogg's 'The Private Memoirs of a Justified Sinner' - without the cynicism but in a similar gothic vein. In a nutshell the book could be described as James Clarence Mangan releasing his inner self. Through his wanderings and probing amid the Irish hamlet of Drishane, Mangan realizes that his search for an ancestor of the self-same name happens to be none other than his very own doppelganger, the splitting image both of his features and of the damned literary hopes he nurses. Here he finds lurking within him, a poet maudit whose narrative has been told and retold through alternate generations, and whose same fate awaits him would he choose to pursue the inevitable. The penchant for erotic scenes (at which none are better than Moore) and the references to incest may stress the reader and come across as overtly lewd, but the fold of the story incorporates these into a veritable skeleton key that defines, describes and explains many mysterious emotional troubles that stir within the depths of the protagonists - primarily James Mangan and Kathleen - and in an indirect way most all the characters we encounter in the book. The narrative here supports a mythology of the self that when faced with his fate succeeds, by the grace of circumstances, in amassing enough strength to choose otherwise and better... If only one agrees with my assumption that the suspension, and its suspiscions, is given its full run by the closing of the tale.Read more ›
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Though "The Magician's Wife" was not especially memorable, I have not yet read a dud by this sadly neglected writer. "Cold Heaven" is a masterpiece, and this one runs a close second. Beautifully written, exciting, thoughtful; wonderfully rich in Irish ambience, with a dandy climax that is satisfying in terms of both narrative and theme. More Moore is on my horizon, for sure.
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During his lifetime Graham Greene singled out the (now nearly forgotten) Northern Irish writer Brian Moore for praise as his favorite living novelist, and it's easy to see why he liked Moore so much. Like Greene, Moore wrote thrillers as well as more serious works, and what he learned from the plotting of his genre fiction stayed with him: none of his novels are boring, and though they often consider weighty metaphysical material (much like Greene's), they always read at a fast clip (also like Greene's). While I would not put the deeply flawed THE MANGAN INHERITANCE in the same class as the other Brian Moore novel recently reissued by NYRB Classics, his best known work THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE, I would still recommend it, and I want to read it again despite its shortcomings. It's terrifically well structured and very intelligent, and offers an intriguing look into two very dissimilar worlds in the late Seventies: the chic milieu of wealthy Manhattan penthouse life, and the poverty-stricken world of the Irish countryside.

Jamie Mangan, Moore's hero, comes to negotiate between this worlds through the course of the book. The husband of a very successful Broadway and film actress, Jamie finds his life falling apart as the novel begins after his wife informs him she is leaving him for one of her producers. Jamie has become so identified with his wife's successes that he has lost all sense of who he is: when he finds a clue to who he might be in a battered daguerreotype of a possible family ancestor (who may be the factual mid 19th-century poet James Clarence Mangan), he seizes upon it as a chance at salvation. When an unexpected windfall makes it possible for him to find out more about the daguerreotype, he travels back to his ancestral homeland of Ireland to discover what he can...
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Brian Moore's novel, "The Mangan Inheritance." is very moving but depressing. Jim Mangan goes to the a remote and rainy part of southwestern Ireland in search of a possible blood connection with James Clarence Mangan, a poet of the 19th century. He quickly encounters his Irish cousin, a motley crew, who are shot through with insanity, alcoholism and, worst of all, incest. I was motivated to purchase the book because I went through a James Clarence Mangan 'phase' about 30 years ago, and I always felt that he was Ireland's answer to Edgar Alan Poe. I have also read a few of Brian Moore' other novels over the years, so I knew he was a very good Irish writer. I thought the book was well-written and a compelling read. However, I must confess that I was put off a bit by the ending as it was relentlessly bleak.
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Not the strongest book by Brian Moore that I've read but still worth a look at. A somewhat murky plot with some very dark themes. The old saying "be careful what you wish for" nicely sums up this story.

After the death of his wife "poet" Jamie Mangan travels to the remote town of Drishane in Ireland in search of his unknown family and his ancestry.

I'm quite biased about this author and his work which I find so well written and compelling. His novels are diverse and far reaching. A large part of this novel is set in Ireland, a setting I love to read about. I found it to be a bit depressing in parts but there's always a "darkness" to the novels that appeals to me. Overall, this one in particular just left me with a feeling of sadness.
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