Killoyle by Roger Boylan
An Irish Farce

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Proving that the spirits of James Joyce, Flann O'Brien, and Samuel Beckett still flow in the veins of at least one Irish writer, Roger Boylan has composed a novel filled with hilarity and doom about the inhabitants of the Irish town of Killoyle: Milo Rogers, a headwaiter and would-be poet with a bit of a drinking problem and a bit of a sexual one; Kathy Hickman, a writer for the woman's fashion magazine  Glam, as well as a former pin-up girl; Wolfetone Grey, who only reads books by or about God, and who also makes anonymous phone calls throughout the town in order to make people believe, among other things, that they have just won the lottery; and a host of other peculiar folks, all suffering from and tortured by problems with God, sex, the drink, and of course Ireland.

Accompanying all of this is a nameless figure who bursts on the scene in the form of acerbic, opinionated, hilarious footnotes that rudely comment upon the characters and numerous other subjects. Killoyle wildly celebrates the great Irish tradition of laughter amid despair and tears.

 

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Published May 1, 1997 by Dalkey Archive Press. 241 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Among the events: The aging Father Doyle drinks to help him accept that he'll never revisit Rome, where he spent a happy year in his early priesthood;

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But it's so deliberately digressive that it will appeal only to readers willing to put aside their love of a tale for the sake of their love of the sound of a tale's telling.

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