Sunday July 12, 2020

Novel's palette restricted to greys

The Light of Amsterdam by David Park. Bloomsbury, €15.10. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

7th April, 2012
David Park: avoids mentions of the Troubles.

The Light of Amsterdam by David Park


The characters in The Light of Amsterdam are from Belfast, but aside from the odd geographical and historical reference they could be from anywhere. David Park's previous novel, The Truth Commissioner, delved into the darkest parts of the North's past, which may explain why he has made a marked decision to avoid all but the scantiest mention of the Troubles here. The characters' political and religious allegiances are...

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