John the Revelator by Peter Murphy

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Already fast becoming a classic among coming-of-age tales, John the Revelator has garnered praise from Nick Laird, Colm Tóibín, Roddy Doyle, and John Boyne, and is a critical darling in the U.K.
This is the story of John Devine—stuck in a small town in the otherworldly landscape of southeastern Ireland, worried over by his single, chain-smoking, Bible-quoting mother, Lily, and spied on by the “neighborly” Mrs. Nagle. When Jamey Corboy, a self-styled Rimbaudian boy wonder, arrives in town, John’s life suddenly seems full of possibility. His loneliness dissipates. He is taken up by mischief and discovery, hiding in the world beyond as Lily’s mysterious illness worsens. But Jamey and John’s nose for trouble may be their undoing, and soon John will be faced with a terrible moral dilemma.
Joining the ranks of the great novels of friendship and betrayal—A Separate Peace, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha HaJohn the Revelator grapples with the pull of the world and the hold of those we love.

 

About Peter Murphy

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PETER MURPHY is a writer and music journalist based in Dublin. He is a contributing editor with Dublin’s Hot Press magazine, and has written articles for Rolling Stone and other publications. He lives in the southeast of Ireland, in County Wexford, where he grew up.
 
Published April 13, 2010 by Mariner Books. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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John the Revelator by Peter Murphy Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop John is an odd young lad who finds himself delivered from boredom ...

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John the Revelator by Peter Murphy Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Spottily pubescent John Devine has an encyclopaedic knowledge of ...

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Born in a storm and named after the biblical son of thunder, John Devine is delivered into a world of mythology: smalltown Ireland.

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In the hallowed pantheon of Irish coming-of-age novels, Murphy's strongly written debut splits the difference between the sensitivity of Portrait of an Artist and the freakishness of Butcher Boy .

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The Bookbag

John the Revelator is the story of John Devine growing up from being a teenager to becoming a young man and all that he discovers about himself and about life in general as this happens.

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The narrator is John Devine who is a loner until at 16 he meets Jamie who introduces John to pubs and criminals.

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