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The Bend for Home

The Bend for Home In a family memoir like no other Dermot Healy explores the obduracy of memory and the vagaries of recollection At the center of the book is a diary the author kept as a boy and which his mother kept

  • Title: The Bend for Home
  • Author: Dermot Healy
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a family memoir like no other, Dermot Healy explores the obduracy of memory and the vagaries of recollection At the center of the book is a diary the author kept as a boy and which his mother kept, returning it only in her last years 320 pp.

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    1. The Bend For Home - A Memoir by Dermot HealyMemoirs fall into two types - those which delineate extraordinary lives or those which are so well written that the ordinary is transformed. The Bend For Home is of the second category. With a volume of poetry and a few novels to his credit, notably A Goat’s Song, Dermot Healy has decided to turn his clear-sighted gaze upon himself.Of course, it is the self which is the source of all writing, but autobiography - though it may draw from the same well [...]

    2. In his memoir, Dermot Healy doesn't sugarcoat anything: the mysteries and nightmares of childhood; the sexual chaos and emotional false starts of adolescence; the attentiveness and energy required to care for an elderly parent. The phases of a complete life don't cohere in a novelistic sense; stories break off suddenly and never return, characters are dropped and forgotten, emotions that are prominent in a particular stage of life seem absurd when viewed from the vantage point of other stages, a [...]

    3. The blurbOne day, years after he's moved away from his childhood home in rural Ireland, Dermot Healy returns to care for his ailing mother. Out of the blue she hands him the forgotten diary he had kept as a fifteen-year-old. He is amazed to find the makings of the writer he has become, as well as taken aback at the changes his memory has wrought upon the events of the past. Here is the seed of his story-the vision of the boy meets the memory of the man-which creates a stunning, illusory effect. [...]

    4. Healy's memoir spans his life but focuses on a few specific periods, and it's a really lovely read. The last stages of his mother's and father's lives are so tenderly rendered, and his wild year at the age of fifteen is a time that his mother later describes as when he "went asunder." The creation of the characters of his life is especially strong in his Aunt Maisie, but also in the creation of himself, as character and as writer. Healy acknowledges that he's used aspects from the life in his wo [...]

    5. I felt lilke this book was a combination of poor writing with bouts of pure genius, the diary part in the middle did not really do it for me. Then ending, when he was caring for his mother redeemed the book somewhat.

    6. Good portrait, fine piece of memoir writing (a good lesson in memoir writing, indeed). I thought the [lost] diary section went on too long, however, and I felt a bit cheated when he jumped from being 16 to being like 56 (i wanted to learn about his way into writing and so on).

    7. A memoir of life in rural Ireland based on a diary which he had written in his younger years. An interesting memoir perhaps more so for someone brought up in the Ireland of the 50s or 60s but let down to a degree by a somewhat disjointed writing style. Shades of Angela's Ashes but just shades.

    8. I am not a fan of the writing style of this memoir - too disjointed for me. And the middle part, with his long lost diary was a tad stereotypical. I was moved by the final part, though - it saved the whole book for me.

    9. I have great interest in this local author and have enjoyed his readings and Q and A sessions. His love of language is genuine but I have a hard time with his rambling style sometimes. Certainly he does a fine job of showing the slow life in rural Ireland.

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