Book Review: Beatlebone by Kevin Barry

Author: Kevin Barry
Publication Info: New York : Doubleday, [2015]

This novel is rooted  in the fact that John Lennon bought an island off the coast of Ireland and is premised on the idea that he went to visit the island in 1978 for primal scream therapy.  Getting to the island is most of the trip as hordes of media and the weather put up roadblocks.  It’s really more of a story about a character named “John Lennon” who happens to be a celebrity put into rural Ireland and Barry’s philosophical musings put into the dialogue.  It kind of has aspirations of being a Joyce or Becket work without the same skill.  Frankly it’s kind of boring.  My favorite part was the non-fiction chapter which is a travelogue of Barry’s research trip to the locales in the novel.

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Rating: **

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