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Thomas Murphy

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780062394576
Author(s): Roger Rosenblatt
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: Ecco Press
Dimensions: 127 x 14 x 190 (w x l x h)
Pages: 224

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The acclaimed, award-winning essayist and memoirist returns to fiction with this reflective, bittersweet tale that introduces the irrepressible aging poet Thomas Murphy a paean to the mystery, tragedy and wonder of life.Trying his best to weasel out of an appointment with the neurologist his only child, Maire, has cornered him into, the poet Thomas Murphy singer of the oldies, friend of the down-and-out, card sharp, raconteur, piano bar player, bon vivant, tough and honest and all-around good guy contemplates his sunset years. Maire worries that Murph is losing his memory. Murph wonders what to do with the rest of his life. The older mind is at issue, and Murph s jumps from fact to memory to fancy, conjuring the islands that have shaped him Inishmaan, a rocky gumdrop off the Irish coast where he was born, and New York, his longtime home. He muses on the living, his daughter and precocious grandson William, and on the dead, his dear wife Oona, and Greenberg, his best friend. Now, into Murphy s world comes the lovely Sarah, a blind woman less than half his age, who sees into his heart, as he sees into hers. Brought together under the most unlikely circumstance, Murph and Sarah begin in friendship and wind up in impossible possible love.An Irishman, a dreamer, a poet, Murph, like Whitman, sings lustily of himself and of everyone. Through his often-extravagant behavior and observations, both hilarious and profound, we see the world in all its strange glory, equal
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