Sudden Times

Sudden Times

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Ollie Ewing has returned home from London to Sligo. In a daze, Ollie goes from job to job and from lodging to lodging until he settles in a run-down house with a group of art students. At night the noise comes from the street-drunks, screaming women, church bells, taxis, skinheads. Mornings he wakes up wondering what had happened, then goes to bed the next night wondering what will. Haunted by memories, Ollie hears voices interrogating him. And so unravels the story of the time he spent in London and how he has reached his present state of near madness. As he embarks on his journey to confront his experiences, we are led into the world of racketeering, sinister bosses, murder, and the hard, squalid life of foreign workers. A powerful, richly told story of an Irish working-class family, Sudden Times is original in concept and execution, tough but blessed with humor and empathy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780151005789
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 07/24/2000
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

On High Street
The Rap
Blessed Be This Day
Old Grudges
The Party
The Case History of Ollie
An Afterlife

What People are Saying About This

Neil Jordan

Sudden Times is the simplest, perhaps the most directly powerful of Dermot Healy's extraordinary novels. Comic and brutal, it has all the excitement of a page-turner and the immediacy of a poem.
— (Neil Jordan, director/writer of The Crying Game and End of the Affair)

Roddy Doyle

I reached two conclusions when I got to the end of this disturbing, funny, mad and beautifully human novel: it's a great book, and Dermot Healy is Ireland's greatest writer.
— (Roddy Doyle, author of A Star Called Henry and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha)

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