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Colm Toibi’s new book "HOUSE OF NAMES"


Apr 26, 2017


“Brilliant…Tóibín’s accomplishment here is to render myth plausible while at the same time preserving its high drama…gripping…The selfish side of human nature is…made tangible and graphic in Tóibín’s lush prose.”
—Booklist, STARRED review

“A taut retelling of a foundational Western story…this extraordinary book reads like a pristine translation rather than a retelling, conveying both confounded strangeness and timeless truths about love’s sometimes terrible and always exhilarating energies.”
—Library Journal, STARRED review

“A dramatic, intimate chronicle of a family implosion set in unsettling times as gods withdraw from human affairs. Far from the Brooklyn or Ireland of his recent bestsellers, Tóibín explores universal themes of failure, loss, loneliness, and repression.”
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

“Clytemnestra, narrating in the first person, is a captivating and terrifying figure, heartbroken and ruthless in her lust for power… Tóibín captures the way that corruption breeds resentment and how resentment almost unstoppably breeds violence. The original myths established these characters as the gods’ playthings, but Tóibín reframes this version in ‘a time when the gods are fading,’ the better to lay the blame for our human failures plainly on ourselves.”
—Kirkus Reviews


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