Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan

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My review of Neil Jordan’s new novel appears in today’s Sunday Business Post Magazine. The Iron Paywall supervenes, I’m afraid, but here’s a brief excerpt:

Throughout Carnivalesque, Jordan’s instinct for the lushly Gothic consorts uneasily with a kitchen-sink lyricism more typical of his early fiction. Thus, amid the dark poetry, we get sentences like “She must have fallen asleep then, lulled by the gentle winds through the late spring foliage” (which is the sort of sentence you might find in any literary novel) and sentences like “Jim wasn’t one for swimming, she reflected, as she heated up the corn oil for the chips, and sliced the cellophane wrapper on the Denby’s sausages” (which is the sort of sentence you shouldn’t find in any novel).

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