Friday, March 13, 2020

Night Boat to Tangier

Criminals. There’s some magic in the recipe Kevin Barry uses to assemble his novel titled, Night Boat to Tangier. We have two complex characters, Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, lifelong criminals. Barry uses the setting of a waiting room at a ferry terminal to place them in a melancholy mood to reflect on their lives of crime. They are waiting a long time for the arrival of Maurice’s daughter, Dilly, who may be coming or going from the terminal. Barry pulls us from the present to the past as we gradually revise our views of these two thugs. When Barry adds booze, drugs and romance to the recipe, and dialogue that sings, all the pieces blend together. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Night Boat to Tangier from

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