Here Are the Young Men
SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS ‘NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR’ AWARD
CHOSEN AS ONE OF ‘IRELAND’S 20 GREATEST NOVELS SINCE 1916’ BY HOT PRESS MAGAZINE
Meet Matthew, Rez, Cocker and Kearney. Facing the void of their post-school lives, the boys spend their first summer of freedom in a savage apprenticeship on the streets of Dublin. Roaming aimlessly through the city, fuelled by drugs and dark fantasies, the teenagers spiral into self-destruction, fleeing a reality they despise.
Here Are the Young Men portrays a chilling spiritual fallout, harbinger of the collapse of a national illusion. Visceral and blackly funny, this debut novel marks the arrival of a powerful literary talent who releases an unnerving anarchic energy to devastating effect.
For sheer bravery and for style, for its integrity of vision and for its uncompromising tone, I also admired Rob Doyle's Here Are The Young Men * Colm Toibin, Irish Times Books of the Year * A powerful, passionate and electrifying novel. Many writers try to recreate the traumas and anxieties of teenage years in fiction but very few manage it with as much conviction as Rob Doyle * John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas * A fine debut. It shines a light into a relatively unexplored region: the psyches of youth adrift in a world where old verities no longer exist ... A rollicking good read. God may be dead, but a new literary star is born * Sunday Times * The language is unflinching, the story uncompromising ... A powerful and provocative novel and easily the most honest account of young Irish people for many years * Guardian * A dark and intoxicating debut * Irish Independent * A lament for the blank generation, the literary equivalent of the song from which it takes its name, Joy Division's Decades ... a powerful debut, maybe the first novel since Kevin Power's Bad Day in Blackrock to interrogate the dark side of the young Irish male's psyche * Irish Times * A portrait of a jilted generation ... a brilliant Dublin novel and an exercise in honesty * Sunday Times * Matthew, the angsty Dublin protagonist of this impressive debut, exemplifies a teenage malaise of worry, hedonism and burgeoning sexual inadequacy ... Doyle is excellent at depicting the dangers of drugs on young minds and the ways first-person video games, internet porn, snuff films and booze can fertilise latent personality disorders * Metro * It's been dubbed the Irish Trainspotting, making a statement about disillusioned and disaffected young people. A new voice to watch * Woman's Way * Unblinking depiction of male desperation * James Kidd, Independent Debuts of the Year *
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