John the Revelator

By Peter Murphy
Read by Gerard Doyle

6.60 Hours 09/28/2009 unabridged
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John Devine is stuck in a small town in the eerie landscape of southeast 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 lonely life suddenly seems full of possibility. 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. Suffused with family secrets, uncanny imagery, black humor, and hypnotic prose, John the Revelator joins the ranks of the great novels of friendship and betrayal as it grapples with the tension between the pull of the world and the hold of those we love.

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Summary

Summary

John Devine is stuck in a small town in the eerie landscape of southeast 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 lonely life suddenly seems full of possibility. 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.

Suffused with family secrets, uncanny imagery, black humor, and hypnotic prose, John the Revelator joins the ranks of the great novels of friendship and betrayal as it grapples with the tension between the pull of the world and the hold of those we love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Murphy understands the gracelessness of teenage boys and that peculiar delinquent wisdom shared by all the great coming-of-age novelists.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This work establishes Murphy as an author of tremendous imaginative and linguistic power who has mastered Flann O’Brien’s supernatural whimsy, Beckett’s grim irony, and McCabe’s unsparing brutality.” Library Journal (starred review)
“An absolutely wonderful book…Books like Peter Murphy’s can change things and be so fresh and so contemporary, so original and so disturbing and brave.” Colm Tóibín, award-winning author of The Master

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Author

Author Bio: Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy is a music journalist based in Dublin. He is contributing editor with Dublin’s Hot Press magazine and has written articles for Rolling Stoneand other publications. He lives in the southeast of Ireland, in County Wexford, where he grew up.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English