Thing About December, TheRyan, Donal
Johnsey Cunliffe is an unworldly lad, ill equipped for the cut and thrust of daily life. There are challenges enough for him in the small Irish village where he lives and these only multiply once his parents pass away and the property developers fix their sights on his farm.
Played out over a year, this is a moving story of vulnerability and isolation that examines the clash of traditional and contemporary values to produce a compelling and insightful portrayal of Irish rural life.
Comments from GroupsUniquely written, paradoxical and insightful. Cleverly written, with humour saving the day in a story of a tragic life. Auckland 332 This was a very moving book that sparked a lot of discussion. It was extremely well written, but a difficult read for some of our members. The characters were believable, and Johnsey was a character that we all had a strong empathy for. We felt that they were representative of society in a small town. We would recommend this book. Queenstown 010 Very, very sad. Johnsey had no sense of self worth, but he had real insight, and was an observer of life. The writing style gave authenticity, and most members would recommend this book. Carterton 001 Very good notes. Some of our members didn't like the subject matter, and didn't continue past the first few pages. None enjoyed it. Lots of good ideas and devices, but not a compelling story. Greytown 003 On the whole we found this book incredibly sad and moving. Some beautiful writing; we enjoyed the Irish 'brogue'. Our group dedicated the book set to Jocelyn, and we think she would have approved. Palmerston North 031