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    Paperback é The Salesman eBook Á in Dublin s history, and Billy Sweeney has than the weather on his mind His daughter lies in a coma in the hospital, the result of a mysterious attack at the petrol station where she worked Devastated by the unfolding consequences of that terrible night, frustrated by officialdom, and failed by the system, Billy finally tires of seeking legal justice He decides to take the law into his own hands, but when his plans go spectacularly wrong, the results are terrifying, often hilarious, and in the end, unforgettable."/>
  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The Salesman
  • Joseph O'Connor
  • 07 March 2019
  • 0312204310

The Salesman❰Reading❯ ➷ The Salesman Author Joseph O'Connor – Essayreview.co.uk This gripping and moving novel, as The Guardian has noted, offers a taut, expertly crafted plot while it likewise captures brilliantly changes of mood and unexpected quirks of behavior As The Salesman This gripping and moving novel, as The Guardian has noted, offers a taut, expertly crafted plot while it likewise captures brilliantly changes of mood and unexpected quirks of behavior As The Salesman opens, it is the hottest summer in Dublin s history, and Billy Sweeney has than the weather on his mind His daughter lies in a coma in the hospital, the result of a mysterious attack at the petrol station where she worked Devastated by the unfolding consequences of that terrible night, frustrated by officialdom, and failed by the system, Billy finally tires of seeking legal justice He decides to take the law into his own hands, but when his plans go spectacularly wrong, the results are terrifying, often hilarious, and in the end, unforgettable.


About the Author: Joseph O'Connor

There isthan one author with this nameJoseph O Connor was born in Dublin He is the author of the novelsCowboys and Indiansshort listed for the Whitbread Prize ,Desperadoes ,The Salesman ,Inishowen ,Star of the SeaandRedemption Falls , as well as a number of bestselling works of non fictionHe was recently voted Irish Writer of the Decade by the readers of Hot Press magazine He broadcasts a popular weekly radio diary on RTE s Drivetime With Mary Wilson and writes regularly for The Guardian Review and The Sunday Independent In he was the Harman Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Baruch College, the City University of New York.


10 thoughts on “The Salesman

  1. says:

    Absolutely beautiful Set in Dublin Ireland 1994, the town is infested with drug addicts and crime is at its peak We follow Billy, a salesman whose only daughter ends up in a coma after a dastardly robbery The culprits are apprehended and set to be a charged in court but on the day of the sentence the gang leader escapes Billy decides to take justice into his own hand by tracing the young culprit s every move as he plans his revenge But soon things spiral out of control in a very disastrous w Absolutely beautiful Set in Dublin Ireland 1994, the town is infested with drug addicts and crime is at its peak We follow Billy, a salesman whose only daughter ends up in a coma after a dastardly robbery The culprits are apprehended and set to be a charged in court but on the day of the sentence the gang leader escapes Billy decides to take justice into his own hand by tracing the young culprit s every move as he plans his revenge But soon things spiral out of control in a very disastrous way One small decision can ruin everything or make it better You have to read to find out The narration style was executed flawlessly and the main protagonist voice was so strong that you instantly felt a connection from page one We got to understand him on such an emotional level from his youth all the way to his current life, it almost felt like opening a very personal diary I applaud the author for building that connection with the reader.Billy was an alcoholic and the author managed to get me into the mindset of an alcoholic It was interesting character study especially when he mentioned how most addicts don t even like the taste of alcohol, that to function in their everyday life they had to indulge in it I have had some personal experience with alcoholics and I am always looking for material that discusses that topic, he captured it very well in the sense of how lonely of a life it is and how the loss oneself and loved ones is inevitable It also influenced his decision making in a really drastic way, some situations in the book escalated quickly and leaving the reader wondering How will this get resolved The writing style was sharp and had a dark atmosphere about it meshed so well with the characters and plot My interest in the story was always strong because every sentence added to the story The characters developed so well and formed such strong bonds that just made the experience of the book that much better The dialogue and how the characters were written made them literally jump out of the page, some even had that deep Irish accent which I read out loud because it was so amusing.This is a much underrated book, that has so much to offer and I feel that everyone should try it, seriously stop reading this review and add it NOW please Have you ever just started a book and you knew deep down that this will already be your favourite I got a little emotional towards the end because the story resonated so well with me thank God for thrift stores because I found one of the best reads of 2016 If you have read this tell me so we can freaking talk about it P.S Added bonus there is a Beatles concert in the book, it was absolutely fantastic GOODREADS TWITTER INSTAGRAM TUMBLR

  2. says:

    This is my favourite book of all time They way in which the story unfolds and the relationship between the two main characters is amazing and very gripping I found this book to be an emotional roller coaster which actually made me cry, lovely book and superbly written.

  3. says:

    The Odd Couple Irish edition.

  4. says:

    I have mixed feelings about this book Great use of language and the main protagonist was very well drawn We are given a very full insight into his life It feels very real and personal and for that reason moments of drama and violence are all thehard hitting It attempts to have a look into both underclass andmiddle class social issues, however I don t think it rises that far above cliched depictions of underclass figures We have a big build up to a pivotal event that is executed I have mixed feelings about this book Great use of language and the main protagonist was very well drawn We are given a very full insight into his life It feels very real and personal and for that reason moments of drama and violence are all thehard hitting It attempts to have a look into both underclass andmiddle class social issues, however I don t think it rises that far above cliched depictions of underclass figures We have a big build up to a pivotal event that is executed skillfully and up until that point the book was close to perfect However after the event things meandered and became so topsy turvy that the story lost a sense of direction I understand the idea that the writer wanted the characters to bethan cardboard cut outs, he gives each character a fair hearing with fully developed motives and concerns, but there are still things in here that feel superfluous The second half goes on too long, with events that don t need to be included.I felt the characters constant iteration of being a good salesman We experience no evidence of this throughout did nothing to enhance the story His current job had little to do with his personality other than that he had failed in his previous career aspirations Also the gratuitous listing of flora, fauna and wildlife felt like an opportunity for the writer to show off rather than a reflection of the protagonists character traits I did enjoy some of the dialogue, and some fine use of language The book should definitely be applauded for not simplifying the complexity of human emotion and character and for being arealistic portrayal of a damaged man s quest for revenge It is dark, unflinching and absurdly funny in places, but if it had been a bit tighter in places in could have been a farimpressive piece of work

  5. says:

    Loved it and hated it in turns Definitely not a feel good read I loved the style of writing, but could not care for the main characters A compulsive, repulsive page turner of a book.

  6. says:

    A good salesman will swear to things he knows not to be true Set in Dublin, Billy Sweeney is the salesman a man with a litany of loss and failure in his life His wife, Grace, has left him, his step daughter is in Sydney, and his other daughter, Maeve whom he raised through her rebellious teenage years, is in a coma after an attack by some young thugs Sweeney is a tenuously recovering alcoholic, who writes this story as a series of diary entries to his daughter Maeve Writing a diary is part A good salesman will swear to things he knows not to be true Set in Dublin, Billy Sweeney is the salesman a man with a litany of loss and failure in his life His wife, Grace, has left him, his step daughter is in Sydney, and his other daughter, Maeve whom he raised through her rebellious teenage years, is in a coma after an attack by some young thugs Sweeney is a tenuously recovering alcoholic, who writes this story as a series of diary entries to his daughter Maeve Writing a diary is part of the therapy suggested to him by the psychiatrists treating his alcoholism He writes in the hope that somehow one day he will be able to break through Maeve s coma A good salesman learns to read people s eyes While the thugs who beat Maeve have been captured and are on trial, one of them Donal Quinn manages to escape With the police seemingly unable to catch him, Sweeney vows to capture Quinn and kill him In his diaries, Sweeney sets out every detail of his search, as well as a lengthy account of his early life, marriage and children It s an account, too, of Dublin as Joseph O Connor perceives it a place where family ties areimportant than the law, a place where violent men rule A good salesman has an instinct for anticipation Sweeney s search for Quinn brings him into contact with the violence of the underworld, where almost anything is possible for a price And when he finds Quinn A whole new journey commences.I picked up a copy of this novel purely by chance and couldn t put it down Bill Sweeney s life may be a train wreck, but it s hard not to sympathise with him at times To regret his bad decisions and his bad luck, to wonder how much of his battle with Quinn is a battle with himself This is a black, bleak novel, but not without glimmers of light and humour.Jennifer Cameron Smith

  7. says:

    Challenging but also gripping A very dark plot that just seems to get darker, but written so well that it s always an enjoyable read Perhaps enjoyable isn t the right word but it s a great book I d read and enjoyed the Star of the Sea and shall be readingof Mr O Connor s oevre.It s a book of two halves as well the first concerning a man s descent, interwoven with flashbacks so that by the time we get to the second half we know all we can about Billy Sweeney The plot of the second half Challenging but also gripping A very dark plot that just seems to get darker, but written so well that it s always an enjoyable read Perhaps enjoyable isn t the right word but it s a great book I d read and enjoyed the Star of the Sea and shall be readingof Mr O Connor s oevre.It s a book of two halves as well the first concerning a man s descent, interwoven with flashbacks so that by the time we get to the second half we know all we can about Billy Sweeney The plot of the second half does challenge belief but being so expertly constructed and written that one accepts the unusual situation.Christmas at the O Connor household must be a bundle of laughs with his sister s songs and his cheery books I bet the cracker jokes must seem hilarious

  8. says:

    I loved this book Not what you d call a feel good read, but I look forthan that from a book anyway The main characters, although far from likeable, are nevertheless intriguing and the storyline is not predictable Suffice to say that when I found myself awake in the middle of the night, as I often do, I couldn t resist the urge to read a few pages which invariably led to me reading for an hour I love this man s writing style too whatcould you want.

  9. says:

    I bought this as my souvenir from Ireland because the author is Irish It turned out to be rather dark, but it was definitely a good read.

  10. says:

    A superb book,i highly recommend it,one of my all time favourites

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