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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Night Boat to Tangier
  • Kevin Barry
  • English
  • 26 August 2018
  • 0385540310

Night Boat to Tangier[PDF / Epub] ☆ Night Boat to Tangier Author Kevin Barry – Essayreview.co.uk In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras, two aging Irishmen Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterpr In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras, two aging Irishmen Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterprise of smuggling drugs sit at night, none too patiently It is October and they are expecting Maurice s estranged daughter or is she , Dilly, to either arrive on a boat coming from Tangier or depart on one heading there This nocturnal vigil will initiate an extraordinary journey back in time to excavate their shared history Night Boat PDF or of violence, romance, mutual betrayals and serial exiles, rendered with the dark humor and the hardboiled Hibernian lyricism that have made Kevin Barry one of the most striking and admired fiction writers at work today.


About the Author: Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry is an Irish writer He is the author of two collections of short stories, and the novel City of Bohane, which was the winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.


10 thoughts on “Night Boat to Tangier

  1. says:

    Delighted to see this on the Booker Longlist Kevin Barry is one of my favourite Irish writers and I approached this, his latest novel with a sense of great anticipation and delight His prose is sublime and lyrical, with his adept shifts in tone, his use of the vernacular, his inclusions of the fantastical, the bad luck of fairy mounds, spells and curses, and the mystics conversing with the dead It has shades of Waiting for Godot, Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, are old before their time, a Delighted to see this on the Booker Longlist Kevin Barry is one of my favourite Irish writers and I approached this, his latest novel with a sense of great anticipation and delight His prose is sublime and lyrical, with his adept shifts in tone, his use of the vernacular, his inclusions of the fantastical, the bad luck of fairy mounds, spells and curses, and the mystics conversing with the dead It has shades of Waiting for Godot, Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, are old before their time, ageing has been Irish gangsters, searching for Maurice s daughter, the pretty, pale green eyed, dreadlocked, 23 year old, Dilly, whom they have not seen for 3 years at the Spanish ferry port of Algeciras They used to be drug smugglers, tainted with the life of danger and fear that the drugs business guarantees, but the market fell through the floor, now its all about slavery and the misery of human trafficking The two still exude an air of menace, glimmers of piratical smiles and an edgy jauntiness, despite Charlie s limp and Maurice s damaged eye or perhaps because of this They have information that Dilly will either be arriving or leaving on the night boat to Tangier, so they hand out flyers, interrogating the crusties as they converse about a past that has led to their presence here at the ferry port Their fractured cacophony of memories, often morbid and maudlin, take in Cork, Barcelona, Malaga, London and Cadiz, and the love of Maurice s life, Cynthia, Dilly s mother Their fracturing lives encompass betrayal, the night at the Judas Iscariot club, the plethora of misfortune, lust and other women, paranoia, the fights and fury of drug fuelled lives, the violence, familial mental health issues going back to ancient times, of what it is to be an Irish man and a impoverished future that lies in tatters around them And within the struggle to bear the weight of their past traumas and toxicity lies the answer as to why Dilly left.This is a read to be savoured, for its language, for its depth, for the stellar and memorable characterisation, my only complaint is that the novel finished far too soon It touches on profound issues of what it is to live, identity, love that leaves indelible permanent scars, masculinity, the price of criminality and violence, loss, grief, residing in a landscape of madness, and being a father A riveting and absorbing novel that I know I will be reading again Highly recommended Many thanks to Canongate for an ARC

  2. says:

    Anguish Night Boat to Tangier is a powerful and expressive novel with fascinating characters that have corrupted and harmed themselves and those around them for years Kevin Barry s unflinching poetic style nails the moments that linger in the mind well after the book is closed Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond are two ageing, disfigured, Irish gangsters, waiting in a lifeless ferry terminal in Algeciras They are waiting for Maurice s daughter, Dilly, whom he hasn t seen in 3 years She will r Anguish Night Boat to Tangier is a powerful and expressive novel with fascinating characters that have corrupted and harmed themselves and those around them for years Kevin Barry s unflinching poetic style nails the moments that linger in the mind well after the book is closed Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond are two ageing, disfigured, Irish gangsters, waiting in a lifeless ferry terminal in Algeciras They are waiting for Maurice s daughter, Dilly, whom he hasn t seen in 3 years She will reportedly leave or arrive on a boat from Tangier within the next 24 hoursNow the hours melt one into the other at the port of Algeciras For the fading Irish gangsters, the long wait continuesLife is a series of memories and as they wait for Dilly they reflect on their past, and flashbacks take us to their lives fuelled with sex, drugs, crime, alcohol, sex and drugsThey were hammering into the Powers, the John Jameson, it was breakfast from the bottle and elevenses off the mirror The child would as well be raised by the cats that sat lazily in what April sun troubled itself to come across the rooftops of BerehavenAs drug dealers they made money, as poor investors and a wasteful life, they lost money Haunting, Irish, Bad Luck, mythical forces have been disturbed as Maurice tried to excavate a fairy mound during a building project Not a bit of wonder his life has gone to shite He lost the only woman he ever loved, Cynthia Dilly s mother, and his memories of her, torture his waking and sleeping moments He knew he was bad for Cynthia but he also truly loved her too much to completely let go As we get to know their demons and failings and the reason Dilly left, do Maurice and Charlie deserve our empathy or forgiveness, as our judgement gets blurred seeing the softer side of violent men Kevin Barry is such an exceptional author, with writing to be relished for its striking eloquence and absorbing depth The harsh dialogue and caustic history of Maurice and Charlie are so stunningly portrayed that you gasp and shudder His books are shorter than average but contain meaning that would take books 3 times the length to achieve.I would highly recommend this book and I d like to thank Canongate and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy in return for an honest review

  3. says:

    Night Boat to Tangieris not a caper or a crime novel, but a character driven story that just happens to be set in a gangster milieu Along the way there is tragedy, comedy and the peculiar durability of friendships formed in youth.Irish crooks Maurice and Charlie, lifelong partners in drug smuggling, are hanging about the ferry terminal at Algeciras hoping to locate an estranged daughter As they wait for long hours, the story unfolds of these two colourful, wizened beyond their years ganNight Boat to Tangieris not a caper or a crime novel, but a character driven story that just happens to be set in a gangster milieu Along the way there is tragedy, comedy and the peculiar durability of friendships formed in youth.Irish crooks Maurice and Charlie, lifelong partners in drug smuggling, are hanging about the ferry terminal at Algeciras hoping to locate an estranged daughter As they wait for long hours, the story unfolds of these two colourful, wizened beyond their years gangsters over decades of shared criminal exploits, love and loss It s Maurice s tale really, with Charlie playing a key, but secondary, part Barry takes some creative approaches here in particular, one tense confrontation between Maurice and Charlie in a shebeen is related entirely from the POV of onlookers and eavesdroppers We only get snippets of Maurice and Charlie s conversation in what is essentially a dumbshow, and there s palpable menace in the air Placing the reader at a distance for such a climactic moment shouldn t work but it does, brilliantly It s taut, suspenseful, cut the tension with a knife stuff that culminates in a chilling act of violence This single chapter is so good it would make for a 5 star short story in its own right.Page by page, Barry s writing skips with Irish vim and vigour he s equally adroit at the comedic and the poignant The dialogue is snappy, banter between characters delightfully dry, the descriptive prose lyrical and melancholy The novel abounds with canny encapsulated images, like theseThe city ran a swarm of fast anchovy faces their smiles are high and piratical their jauntiness has a cutlass edge Charlie got up out of the bed, paced the room like a single human shriek made flesh and bone her sighs opened pockets of woe in the cold, bright air If I have a criticism it is only that I would have likedof Charlie s back story, and Cynthia Maurice s wife is barely sketched too, despite her being at the centre of everything Quibbles aside, Night Boat to Tangier was a thoroughly enjoyable read, with the added bonus of discovering a terrific new to me author 4 stars

  4. says:

    Nominated for the Booker Prize 2019 This book is like a twisted psychological thriller directed by Quentin Tarantin, starring two aging Irish gangsters It s also a ghost story A story about Ireland and the search for freedom, if not deliverance A story about mental illness A story about drug addiction and dysfunctional families Ooooh, Kevin Barry, this is a very, very clever book that constantly jumps and shifts, held together by the distinct voices of two men on the edge of mental breakdow Nominated for the Booker Prize 2019 This book is like a twisted psychological thriller directed by Quentin Tarantin, starring two aging Irish gangsters It s also a ghost story A story about Ireland and the search for freedom, if not deliverance A story about mental illness A story about drug addiction and dysfunctional families Ooooh, Kevin Barry, this is a very, very clever book that constantly jumps and shifts, held together by the distinct voices of two men on the edge of mental breakdown Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond have been longtime partners in the business of drug smuggling they made a fortune, but also paid the price Both struggled with addiction, and Maurice lost his family Now over 50, they are trying to find Maurice s 23 year old estranged daughter mmmhhh , Dilly Sitting in the ferry terminal in the Spanish port of Algeciras, they are hoping to catch her on a passage to or from Tangier or aren t they The story is full of edgy dialogue and starts out with a fun, neo noirish, hard boiled feel, but soon, mainly due to harrowing and moving flashbacks, develops into an intense psychological tale about two lives that have spiralled out of control Much like The Man Who Saw Everything, another wonderful Booker contender, Barry contemplates the nature of memoryThe past is uncertain, mobile It shifts and rearranges back thereand what our experiences and decisions can turn us intoHe wasthan possessed by his crimes and excesses he was the gaunt accumulation of themI just loved how Barry s story takes unexpected turns and keeps readers on their toes He also pulls off the whole ghost theme which I will not spoilThere comes a time when you just have to live among your ghoststhis novel illustrates this in various ways A great addition to the Booker longlist, and I want this to be Tarantino s next movie And hey, Radiohead experts If you have thoughts on the reference to Thom Yorke s paralysed eye, please tell me in the comment section

  5. says:

    Booker Prize Longlist 2019 Kevin Barry s narration with his mesmerizing Irish accent is enchanting Aging Irish wise guys Charlie Redmond and Maurice Hearne are not They are lying in wait at the Algeciras ferry terminal in southern Spain for the appearance of Dilly, Maurice s 23 year old estranged daughter They have been hunting for her on and off for three years and have it on good authority that she will be traveling through the terminal this evening on her way to or from Tangier.Charlie Booker Prize Longlist 2019 Kevin Barry s narration with his mesmerizing Irish accent is enchanting Aging Irish wise guys Charlie Redmond and Maurice Hearne are not They are lying in wait at the Algeciras ferry terminal in southern Spain for the appearance of Dilly, Maurice s 23 year old estranged daughter They have been hunting for her on and off for three years and have it on good authority that she will be traveling through the terminal this evening on her way to or from Tangier.Charlie and Maurice are drug dealers that have earned stupendous money in the past They blew it on disastrous business deals and their own drug habits The memories of those self destructive days rise like phantoms in the dingy terminal serious crimes, relationships with women that ended badly, bouts of murderous paranoia, and the slow, slow destruction of their souls.Barry has crafted conversations between these two characters that are pure gold There is poetic lyricism between the two that are filled with humor and philosophical musings Highly recommend

  6. says:

    Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019There is an alchemy about this book, which makes such poetry out of the lives of a pair of brutal unscrupulous drug dealing gangsters and eventually left me feeling sympathy for them In the first chapter we meet Maurice and Charlie, two Irishmen in their early fifties, who are waiting in the port at Algeciras where they have been told that Maurice s daughter Dill will be catching a ferry to Tangier They have not heard from her for several years, and the way Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019There is an alchemy about this book, which makes such poetry out of the lives of a pair of brutal unscrupulous drug dealing gangsters and eventually left me feeling sympathy for them In the first chapter we meet Maurice and Charlie, two Irishmen in their early fifties, who are waiting in the port at Algeciras where they have been told that Maurice s daughter Dill will be catching a ferry to Tangier They have not heard from her for several years, and the way they accost strangers who they believe have information establishes their characters and starts the process of revealing the back story It took me a while to find any interest beyond the undoubted power of the language, but the way Barry gradually introduces the context is very effective and towards the end the book is quite gripping The chapters set on this one night in Algeciras are alternated with chapters covering the events of the previous 25 years, and how the turbulent relationships developed.We learn that Maurice s late wife Cynthia also had a long affair with Charlie view spoiler , and that both men suspect that Dill may be Charlie s daughter Later in the book some of the Algeciras chapters are written from Dill s perspective, as she passes through the port and sees the two men without either of them being sure they recognised her Barry effectively explores her conflicted feelings for them before explaining why she has to break away from their grip hide spoiler.I can see this one making the Booker shortlist, which could be a very strong one only one of the seven books I have read so far has disappointed me

  7. says:

    The format and style for this book was overly confusing The style reads like a play, but the format is just spacing without any indicators For example, you frequently must figure out when a character is speaking It was a lot of work.The language also created a challenge While many words were not found on my Kindle, some sentences didn t even make sense to me I am not sure if this is due to a cultural difference, but as a Westerner I was lost and confused about the context often The story w The format and style for this book was overly confusing The style reads like a play, but the format is just spacing without any indicators For example, you frequently must figure out when a character is speaking It was a lot of work.The language also created a challenge While many words were not found on my Kindle, some sentences didn t even make sense to me I am not sure if this is due to a cultural difference, but as a Westerner I was lost and confused about the context often The story was also hard to follow because there were pieces left out it would skip from one topic in a paragraph to something completely different in the next without ever filling in those missing pieces.The blurb explains the synopsis quite well The two men, Charlie and Maurice are old drug dealers waiting at the port looking for Maurice s daughter While waiting, they reminisce about their dark past In my opinion, however, I feel like the blurb should be written in the style and format of the book so that the reader gets a taste of what they are getting into I felt like Charlie and Maurice were both interesting characters with interesting backgrounds, but I didn t feel emotionally attached to them.Also, a few pages into chapter one I started counting the number of f k bombs A few pages into the chapter I counted 13, so that means there are 13 in chapter one alone This type of language continues this way for the remainder of the book, if not picking up its pace There is also a lot of sex and drug usage.Thanks to Doubleday Books and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review

  8. says:

    Now longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker Prize and re read accordingly This brilliant review in the Dublin Review of Books expresses my views much better than I canhttp www.drb.ie essays waiting for The author s two previous novels each won a major prize the Dublin Literary Award and the Goldsmith Prize and the author, just after the Booker longlisting of this book, had a short story short listed for the prestigious Sunday Times Short Story Prize This book started as a screenplay commis Now longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker Prize and re read accordingly This brilliant review in the Dublin Review of Books expresses my views much better than I canhttp www.drb.ie essays waiting for The author s two previous novels each won a major prize the Dublin Literary Award and the Goldsmith Prize and the author, just after the Booker longlisting of this book, had a short story short listed for the prestigious Sunday Times Short Story Prize This book started as a screenplay commissioned for Dublin Abbey Theatre but never performed it seems, and has ended up as a slightly odd hybrid.Alternate chapters are set in the seedy Spanish port of Algeciras and are in large part effectively the play with what seem to be stage instructions and a mainly two part dialogue loosely disguised as chapters of a novel The dialogue itself is Beckett inspired with a sharp ear for two way dialogue between characters fully conversant with each other s history and character, and how that can be conveyed both in words and in unspoken or unfinished sentences Much of it however is too masculine and in particular two sub UK gangster movie for my tastes and by the end on my first reading I rather tired ofYou wouldn t be right in yourself Maurice , Which is the what Charlieand of the rather repetitive use of a single four letter word A second read bought outof the pathos and sense of loss that underlies the macho posturing The second part roams backwards in time and across Europe to provide the back story to the two parter, and features some simply brilliant writing in its descriptions of countryside or weather The two characters in the first part are two 50 Irish gangsters drug smugglers Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond they are searching for Maurice s early 20 s daughter Dilly who they believe will be passing through the port that evening on a Night Boat either to or from Tangier with a group of other crusties Alternate chapters fill in some of the back story of the two characters, Dilly and her mother Maurice s wife Cynthia.Now the author clearly has an outstanding talent for description particularly of weather or countryside, take for exampleOctober The month of slant beauty Knives of melancholy flung in slivers from the sea The mountains dreamed of the winter soon to come The morning sounded hoarsely from the caverns of the bay The birds were insane againOr The peninsula ran its flank along the line of the coast road The mountain absorbed the evening light and glowed morbidly A roadside grotto showed the blue virgin For the souls of the vehicular dead By ten the moon was visible and drew her strangely A vivid, late summer moon A xanthic was the word moon She stopped the car and buzzed the window to hear the breath of sea a strimmer vexed late in a high field somewhere too the vixen screamed On the ribs of the sea the last of the evening sun made bone white marks The hills for their part vibrated royally It was close to night and oh so quiet again And for evocative sentences written in a distinctive styleAnd the pattern sound of the family at plan down on the strand shrieks, soft coaxing, recrimination There was a great stillness in the air The cathedral bells did not pierce but made a frame for it The hours were heavy and cumbersome and moved by like old horsesThe latter quote substituting for page after page of turgid dialogue in John Lanchester s The Wall also Booker longlisted Which makes the profane laden and rather clich d nature of so much of the dialogue such a shame I have seen it described as pastiche homage but that is just another way of saying derivative and unimaginative The book does provide a mature update to gangster fiction showing the figurative as well as literal hangover and cold turkey of the excesses of drink and drugs as well as the shallow and ephemeral nature of the rewards of crime and their corrosive effect on longer term relationships The way in which past actions haunt the present is conveyed well in themystical elements of the book But even here the concentration is on the criminals and their families not the real victims And in a year when the Booker has a great book Girl, Woman, Other concentrating on under represented groups in art and literature, the gangster seems to me the exact opposite ludicrously over represented I was partly reminded of Lisa McInerney s two novels Glorious Heresies where I wrote that the often depressing subject matter, violence, nastiness of characters and behaviour, sex, drug taking and swearing is offset by the author s empathetic portrayal of the characters and their inner struggles, and her ear for dialogue and her vivid and original use of imagery and language and The Blood Miracles where the balance shifted too far the other way.This is somewhere in the middle in terms of the balance, although there is little doubt that Barry s astonishing ear for language is some way ahead of McInerney s and to be honest ahead of most of his contemporaries Overall my conclusion was that this was a talented author using a mash up of a gangster love story and Beckettian dialogue as a sometimes slightly rickety frame on which to display his literary talent

  9. says:

    This was a great, quick read Shades of Waiting for Godot , two aging drug dealers wait at a Spanish port for a boat from Tangier that may be transporting a daughter of one of the men She has been wandering since the death of her mother In beautiful, evocative prose, Barry relates how the lives and fraught friendship of the two men lead them to this place After a life of crime, violence, and mental illness, can they be redeemed by the one thing that still ties them together I loved the writ This was a great, quick read Shades of Waiting for Godot , two aging drug dealers wait at a Spanish port for a boat from Tangier that may be transporting a daughter of one of the men She has been wandering since the death of her mother In beautiful, evocative prose, Barry relates how the lives and fraught friendship of the two men lead them to this place After a life of crime, violence, and mental illness, can they be redeemed by the one thing that still ties them together I loved the writing style here This is my first Kevin Barry novel and it won t be my last

  10. says:

    Kevin Barry is a new author for me and so I did not know what to expect going into this book For some reason a had the idea of an exotic crime caper but this is a rather charming character study of two ageing criminals As with all novels that are lyrical in style, some parts failed to hold my interest, however whenever this novel dips towards boring it has the good graces to be beautifully boring I like to think if the Booker panel were to award a prize for best chapter hard to do becaus Kevin Barry is a new author for me and so I did not know what to expect going into this book For some reason a had the idea of an exotic crime caper but this is a rather charming character study of two ageing criminals As with all novels that are lyrical in style, some parts failed to hold my interest, however whenever this novel dips towards boring it has the good graces to be beautifully boring I like to think if the Booker panel were to award a prize for best chapter hard to do because not everybody is into Chapters any then it would go to the one entitled The Judas Iscariot All Night Drinking Club , this was a small masterpiece of mood and slow building tension On balance, I enjoyedNight Boat to Tangierand much likeLannyI think it is a book that would go up in my esteem if I took the time to reread it

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