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The Thing about December characters ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB review ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Donal Ryan ‘He heard Daddy one time saying he was a grand uiet boy to Mother when he thought Johnsey couldn’t hear them talking Mother must have been giving out about him being a gom and Daddy was defending him He heard the fondness in Daddy’s voice But you’d have fondness for an auld eejit of a crossbred pup that should have been drowned at birth’Whil. The book was just greatI did nt know anything about the story or what to expect before i started reading it but it was a real treatThe story of Johnsey is really a tragic tale of lonelinessgreed and bullyingmanipulation but most of all about his terrible lonelinessBut there is an amazing humour in the telling of this taleAt times it was just absolutely hilarious and i had to put the book down as i couldnt read the page my arms were shaking so much from the laughterThe characters were all wonderful and their way of talking to each otherthe banter was just so funny it kept catching me by surprise and i would be away laughing again even when the poor guy was in hospital in a terrible stateWhere else would you get a book with a character called Mumbly DaveBehind all the humour and lovely interaction between the characters at times it is still behind it all a very tragic tale that will move peopleI hope other people will enjoy this book as much as i didIt may take a while to get into the local dialect but once you get that you wont look back and eventhough you will really feel for Johnsey you will also definitely laugh out loud at times

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The Thing about December characters ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB review ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Donal Ryan Breathes with his grief bewilderment humour and agonizing self doubt This is a heart twisting tale of a lonely man struggling to make sense of a world moving faster than he isDonal Ryan’s award winning debut The Spinning Heart garnered unprecedented acclaim and The Thing About December confirms his status as one of the best writers of his generatio. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to review another one of Donal Ryan s books How big is a feeling Not even as big as one of them atoms that the science teacher used to be on about It s nothing and everything at the same time At first I thought our narrator Johnsey was a young child his speech and thoughts seemed so childish and simple Then I thought he was mentally challenged Then I realized he might just be slower to understand than most other people Stupid you could say And I pitied him I pitied him his loneliness and his simplistic worldview I pitied him because his father died and then his mother killed herself leaving him lonelier than before I felt deep sadness for him too because his parents clearly loved him but still they left him alone and sad and frightened to mourn them both This couldn t be kept up though this way he had of seeing only blackness lately Split into 12 parts starting with January ending with December this is the story of Johnsey Cunliffe Johnsey hasn t lived the best life you can imagine and not the worst either at least not until both his parents die Growing up he was shielded by his parents from the realities and cruelties of the world sure he was bullied but his parents never urged him to fight back they never taught him how to survive in a world constantly out to get him for being fat for being stupid for being different In these 12 months he experiences life on his own for the first time he learns all those things he should have understood a long time ago He experiences grief depression humiliation pain but he also forms an unlikely friendship learns happiness again and loves for the very first time It s easy have things happen to you All you have to do is exist Making things happen back is the hard thing All his life things have happened to Johnsey and now suddenly he has to make things happen back without his parents or a soul in the world to guide him He has to face society on his own and traverse the delicate social waters of a tight knit rural community It results in a constant miscommunication between him and everyone else and it breeds a prejudice and judgment that slowly grows into something large and ugly Something that could have been averted but slowly becomes inevitable simply because humans are too good at judging based on assumed knowledge We re satisfied once we ve found a scapegoat we can pin our frustrations and worries on And if he never learned how to fight back All the better I might have pitied Johnsey to begin with and I might have pitied him in the end but not for the same reasons and the one I pity most is myself for judging him before I knew him For reading a sentence and thinking I understood the man Johnsey s narration is deceptively simplistic as I got further into the book I realized I had gravely misjudged him He is uite elouent in his descriptions and given enough time he s often accurate in his understanding of and observations about people and situations He s not as stupid as he s lead us to believe adding to the sadness we feel for him He is a product of yes a simple mind but also overprotecting parents Given different circumstances he might have led a near normal life but some damage cannot be undone Donal Ryan is a great writer and both this and The Spinning Heart are testaments to his incredible talent He tells tales that touch you profoundly and that speak volumes about human vulnerability and desperation in a society that s collapsing while keeping his writing simple and insightful He s worth keeping an eye on

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The Thing about December characters ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB review ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Donal Ryan E the Celtic Tiger rages and greed becomes the norm Johnsey Cunliffe desperately tries to hold on to the familiar even as he loses those who all his life have protected him from a harsh world Village bullies and scheming land grabbers stand in his way no matter where he turns Set over the course of one year of Johnsey’s life The Thing About December. 35 A rather short little book that contains much Johnny has lost both his parents in a short period of timeHe is ill euipped to handle life on his own and he spends much time pondering this defect He tries so hard to hang on to the past remembering times with his dad He is bullied relentlessly and though he receives some kindness he is mostly now alone People try to toke advantage of his slowness by trying to trick him out of his landSet in Ireland during the time of the Celtic Tiger this is a very well written and gritty novel Much of it is grim but it is hard not to take to and feel sorry for Johnnie In many ways he is such an innocent The book chapters AR months the months since he was left alone This is his story and though in his internal dialogue he often laments that he understands so little in fact I think he has the measure of some of the undesirable characters found in the story A novel about changing times and the effort of on young man who has a very hard time keeping up with the changesARC from NetGalley


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  1. says: Donal Ryan Ö 7 free read PDF READ The Thing about December

    PDF READ The Thing about December As someone who grew up in rural Ireland Donal Ryan's writing resonates hugely with me but its not just because I can identify with the day to day life and the collouialisms of the rural communities he sets his stories in that makes me love his writing Rather its because of his ability through his writing to reveal humanity

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    Donal Ryan Ö 7 free read review ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Donal Ryan PDF READ The Thing about December Donal Ryan has become an author I plan to watch He has a uniue and powerful voice In this his second book he tells the story of one year in the life of Johnsey Cunliffe The novel is broken into sections by month loosely organized by

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    PDF READ The Thing about December Donal Ryan Ö 7 free read review ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Donal Ryan The book was just greatI did'nt know anything about the story or what to expect before i started reading it but it was a real treatThe story of Johnsey is really a tragic tale of lonelinessgreed and bullyingmanipulation but most of all about his terrible lonelinessBut there is an amazing humour in the telling of this taleAt times it was just absolutely hilarious and i had to put the book down as i couldnt read

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    PDF READ The Thing about December review ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Donal Ryan This is a beautifully written book but full of sadness and grief bullying and sometimes violence I found it diffic

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    PDF READ The Thing about December review ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Donal Ryan Wow I could not put this book down I was racing to get to the end of the story in spite of knowing it wasn't going to end happily ever after It follows a year in the life of 24 year old manboy Johnsy in Tipperary during the times of the Celtic Tiger Johnsy is somewhat limited and has been overprotected by his par

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    read The Thing about December PDF READ The Thing about December review ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Donal Ryan 35 A rather short little book that contains much Johnny has lost both his parents in a short period of timeHe is ill euipped to handle life on his own and he spends much time pondering this defect He tries so hard to hang on to the past remembering times with his dad He is bullied relentlessly and though he receives some kindness

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    Donal Ryan Ö 7 free read review ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Donal Ryan read The Thing about December Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to review another one of Donal Ryan's books“How big is a feeling? Not even as big as one of them atoms that the science teacher used to be on about It’s nothing and everything at

  8. says: Donal Ryan Ö 7 free read PDF READ The Thing about December

    PDF READ The Thing about December Sometimes difficult to read because of all the Irish phrasing But worth perseveringIt seemed to me this is the new Irish type of stream of conciousness With interpunction this timeIt's about the life of a young man About his doubts feelings and thoughts based on his protected Catholic upbringing Superbly told

  9. says: Donal Ryan Ö 7 free read review ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Donal Ryan read The Thing about December

    PDF READ The Thing about December This was a hard one for me to get into review and rate It was unrelentingly grim I like my depressing Irish books but I usually like

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    PDF READ The Thing about December Donal Ryan Ö 7 free read review ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ö Donal Ryan Set in the same village as in Ryan’s highly acclaimed previous novel The Spinning Heart The Thing in December uses a traditional third person linear narrative to tell the story of Johnsey Cunliffe in 12 chapte

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