Publication Date: 25/09/2014 ISBN: 9781408863732 Category:

Here Are the Young Men

Rob Doyle

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: 25/09/2014 ISBN: 9781408863732 Category:
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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.

Publisher Review

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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