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Ripley Bogle (Paperback, Reissue): Robert McLiam Wilson

Ripley Bogle (Paperback, Reissue)

Robert McLiam Wilson

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Irish novelist Wilson's first book, published to considerable critical acclaim in the UK in 1989, has waited almost a decade to be issued here. Age has not treated this exuberant first-person account by an Irish vagrant of his life on London's streets particularly well. Ripley, a young man who has come to England fleeing both the violence in Northern Ireland and his own demons, is bright, angry, garrulous, and ultimately somewhat wearing. His record of his childhood in Belfast, his disastrous career at Cambridge, and his difficult, sometimes horrific, life in London is vivid, moving, but finally too long, flawed by an expansiveness (not uncommon to young novelists) that treats every event, even the most minor, as being worthy of mention. Still, Wilson possesses an infectious zest for language, and an unerring eye for the specifics of life on the street. His more recent novel, Eureka Street (not reviewed) demonstrated greater discipline with no diminution of inventiveness. (Kirkus Reviews)
'I'm Ripley Bogle. I'm the prince of the pavements, I'm the Parkbench King and the cold winds of the outside permanently fleck my flesh. To come with me, you must brave the air and the wide, bare boredom. The vast outdoors is my house and hall. It's with purpose, fear and gratitude that I stalk the streets of the city.' As the scene shifts from the streets of London, to Oxford and Belfast, the tramp, Ripley Bogle, narrates his gripping and alarming story in which it becomes increasingly difficult to tell what is true and what is fiction.


Imprint: Vintage
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 1997
Authors: Robert McLiam Wilson
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 336
Edition: Reissue
ISBN-13: 978-0-7493-9465-3
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-7493-9465-X
Barcode: 9780749394653

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