Convoluted ‘Irish in New York’ story confusing

Non-fiction: Green Glowing Skull. By Gavin Corbett. Fourth Estate, €20. Reviewed by Sara Keating

31st May, 2015
Convoluted ‘Irish in New York’ story confusing
Gavin Corbett: brave stylistic moves, but confusing

In his second novel This Is The Way, which was published in 2013, Gavin Corbett mined the inner life of a Traveller, using a first-person patois and loose episodic style to bring us as close as possible to the looping thought processes of his young protagonist’s rambling mind.

Green Glowing Skull follows a similarly circumlocutory style, but its canvas is larger. Here, we have a trio of competing characters – three Irishmen in modern...

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