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Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on June 16, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Literary, General
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Meet Matthew, Rez, Cocker, and Kearney. They've just finished school, and are facing the great void of the future, celebrating their freedom in this unpromising adult reality with self-obliteration. They roam through Dublin, their only aims the next drink, the next high, and a callow, fearful idea of sex. Kearney, in particular, pushes boundaries in a way that once made him a leader in the group, but increasingly an object of fear. When a trip to the U.S. turns Kearney's violent fantasies ever darker, the other boys are forced to face both the violence within themselves and the limits of their own indifference. Here Are the Young Men portrays a spiritual fallout, harbinger of the collapse of national illusion in "Celtic Tiger" Ireland. Visceral and chilling, this debut novel marks the arrival of a formidable literary talent, channeling an unnerving anarchic energy to devastating effect.
Matthew, Kearney, Rez and Cocker have just finished high school and are looking forward to a summer of drugs, apathy and sex. Content to do nothing other than get high they cannot handle when reality starts to intrude. Rez can’t turn off his mind and Kearney seems to be losing his. As they descend deeper and deeper they discover there may be no way out.
I was very intrigued by the description of this book. As a fan of Bret Easton Ellis I was hoping for a smart, sexy disturbing novel. Unfortunately this tried way too hard to be cool. Like a teenage boy encased in a cloud of body spray, less would have been better. I found the desperate want to be edgy distracting. The pacing was spot on, but the story told from so many perspectives (some first and some third) made the storytelling disjointed. This book could have been amazing, but instead kept trying to tell you how cool and special it was, which made it neither.