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Solar Bones

by Mike McCormack

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Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2017, 224 pages
    Paperback:
    Aug 2018, 224 pages

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A haunting elegy, this is a reflection on a life lived and on order and chaos, and love and loss.

Written in a poetic, line-breaking style, Mike McCormack's Solar Bones reads with a breathless urgency. The narrator, Marcus Conway, is a civil engineer with a wife and two grown children. Just like his ancestors, Marcus has lived his entire life in the county of Mayo, on the coast of Ireland. But, in the opening pages as he hears the Angelus bell (See 'Beyond the Book') ringing from the village church, it isn't really Marcus Conway who is drawn, in a sort of frenzy, to his kitchen. It's his ghost.

Marcus doesn't quite realize that he has died. He is confused and in pain. "There is something strange about all this," he says, "some twitchy energy in the ether which has affected me from the moment those bells began to toll, something flitting through me, a giddiness drawing me…" The entire novel is narrated by his ghost looking back at his life. It reads as a ...

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