A Shock: Parallel worlds collide in entertainingly experimental tale

In this modernistic, episodic and satisfying novel, Keith Ridgway

Keith Ridgway’s A Shock is an experiment that pays off


A Shock

By Keith Ridgway

Picador, €14.99

While Stephen Daedalus watches a cloud cover the sun over Dublin Bay in the Telemachus episode of Ulysses, elsewhere in the city (and a few episodes later for readers), Leopold Bloom witnesses the same thing, at the same moment, from a different perspective.

The motif of parallax – how objects are perceived depending upon a change in position of the viewer – is employed in Keith Ridgway’s ...