Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

Dark Lies the Island

A new book from the winner of the 2012 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Prize.      A kiss that just won't happen. A disco at the end of the world. A teenage goth on a terror mission. And OAP kiddie-snatchers, scouse real-ale enthusiasts, and occult weirdness in the backwoods.     Dark Lies the Island is a collection of unpredictable stories about love and cruelty, crimes, desperation, and hope from the man Irvine Welsh has des...

Details Dark Lies the Island

TitleDark Lies the Island
Release DateSep 24th, 2013
PublisherGraywolf Press
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, European Literature, Irish Literature, Cultural, Ireland

Reviews Dark Lies the Island

  • Hugh
    I enjoyed reading Kevin Barry's novels City of Bohane and Beatlebone over the last year, and this short story collection, first published between those two, demonstrates that he is equally adept at the shorter form.These stories crackle with character and humour. As in the novels, not all of the characters are likeable but most of these stories are memorable. The title story about a self-harming girl unexpectedly turns into a sort of prequel to B...
  • Kate
    DISCLAIMER I DIDN'T READ ALL THE STORIES IN THIS BOOKI read "fjord of Killary" and just thought it was super pointless lol - so begins the school readings!
  • Stef Smulders
    Impressive piece of writing here! Entertaining and moving with the occasional flash of dark humour. The author excels in empathy for his characters most if whom are struggling emotionally. There is the sad figure of Doctor Sot for which you can only feel compassion. And the mentally disabled boy in A Cruelty, or the psychotic girl in the title story. Their pains are described in painfull but precise and also poetic detail. The Wifey Redux story i...
  • Lorenzo Berardi
    This is the second book by Kevin Barry that I bought, but it became the first one that I've actually read. The Gaelic-Nadsatesque reputation of 'City of Bohane' is still too intimidating to win over. Time will tell.Thus, I decided to give Mr Barry a go starting with a selection of some of his most recent short stories, thanks to a fruitful and affordable harvest along the shelves of the Hay Cinema Bookshop.Credits first.There are 13 short stories...
  • Ian Young
    Short stories have a strong place in Irish writing, and many Irish authors of literary fiction have turned their hand to the genre. Kevin Barry is a very fine addition to the list. Dark Lies the Island is his second volume in this format and maintains a superb standard throughout, ranging from the touching, romantic and poignant through the humourous to the threatening. There are hints of an older more traditional Ireland, but the overall tone is...
  • Alan
    great review in the Guardian that compares him to VS Pritchett (one of my favourite writers & I met him once!).hurray just in at the library. I've now got three great story collections to read. I'm in heaven....another superb collection. Will do a review, but so much going on I'm not sure when! (got another three or four to catch up on).Big bold writing, involving and colourful characters (eg the slightly boorish but love-able blokes on a beer tr...
  • Dem
    Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry is a book of short stories.I really did not enjoy this book and found the stories lacking in character development and just did hold my interest. I found myself going from one story to the next without really enjoying what I was reading.I am not a fan of short stories as I always feel the story ends before it begins but having said that, I am not used to reading short stories and I think you have to learn to th...
  • John Pappas
    Kevin Barry is a sneak. His stories start in one space or mode and end up in another, often unpredictable, place altogether. Drop dead hilarity gives way to deep pathos, and real insight. His characters often long to get back to a place or time they can not return to, whether it be through their own actions and devices, or simply because time moves always forward. His dialogue sings, and when his characters speak of lost love and the process of g...
  • Bernie Mcgill
    I heard Kevin Barry read in the summer at the John Hewitt International Summer School in Armagh. He read the first of the stories in this collection, 'Across the Rooftops' and he held the entire auditorium of afternoon listeners in his thrall. I'd read one other of the stories, 'The Girls and the Dogs' online at The Irish Times (http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/f...) so I had an idea of what I was in for: dark, gritty, humorous writing that ne...
  • Peter Boyle
    Who said the short story was dead? Kevin Barry breathes life into the flagging format with this energetic and thrilling collection. The much celebrated author has a wonderful ear for Irish dialogue and a mischievous sense of humour permeates throughout. The New Yorker-published 'Fjord of Killary' tends to attract most of the plaudits but for me 'Ernestine and Kit' is the stand-out. This unsettling tale of two middle-aged women on a leisurely driv...
  • Barbara
    I was surprised at the variety of style and subject of these stories. I saw Kevin Barry do a reading recently in Washington DC where he read, rather he performed, the story about Killary Harbor. I finished this short collection impressed with his skill in drawing pictures of many different worlds.
  • Nancy
    Finished: 24.04.2018Genre: short storiesRating: F-Review: This collection of short stories was a huge disappointment.I am not going to waste any more of my time on a long review.I wasted enough time reading this book!13 stories and I enjoyed just 2 !Beer Trip to Llandudno (funny) and Ernestine and Kit (...difference between appearances and reality, intense)To make matters worse...I know Kevin Barry can do better...but I did not find it in this co...
  • Tom Carr
    Absolutely brilliant collection, I was brought near to tears in three separate stories, and absorbed completely more times than I can think. Each of Barry's voices are distinct and filled with both comedy and melancholy. Would highly recommend, seriously debating whether to put this in my favourites.
  • Jim
    Mixed bag of short stories about young infatuation, hooliganism and regret. While I didn't enjoy this collection as much as the novel, The City of Bohane, some of the stories are powerfully good, especially "Beer Run to Llandudno," which captures the nostalgia-fueled regret of middle age.
  • Allan
    This collection of short stories is the first Kevin Barry book that I've read, despite having heard the critical acclaim for his work in recent years. The stories are primarily set in the west of Ireland, although a number feature emigrants who have left the area to live in London. I wasn't sure what to expect from the book, but was pleasantly surprised, both by the variety of stories told, and also by the at times challenging and dark subject ma...
  • Katya
    Unfortunately not for me. Barry is skilled at setting up a real, enveloping scenario and creating familiar characters in the space of only a few pages. The humor is dark and the tales poignant in their own blunt way. Perhaps I'm just not familiar enough with Irish literature (and culture, I think, for it seems that it'd be best to have an understanding of the Irish mindset in order to truly enjoy the stories) to appreciate Barry's writing fully. ...
  • Patricia Mccrystal
    This collection of short stories is the modern day Dubliners weve been waiting for. Sharing the set between Ireland and England, these tales offer no shortage of unrequited loves, sauntering scoundrels, and modern day twists of classic lore. Woven with characteristically Irish wit and dark humor, these stories make for a wildly unforgettable ride. This collection of short stories is the modern day Dubliners we’ve been waiting for. Sharing the...
  • Finbar
    A fantastic young Irish writer.
  • Belinda Carvalho
    3.5 stars (but you should definitely read it if you're interested in Irish lit! ) This is an interesting, well-written collection with some great stories but also contains a few stories that didn't work so well for me. Interestingly these seemed to mainly be the storied set outside Ireland. Kevin Barry's strength seems to be writing about Irish life, with it's hilarity, quirks and charms as well as the dark elements.'Across the Rooftops' is the j...
  • Ryan
    Blahblah natural Irish gift for writing. Yaddayadda natural Irish gift for short story. Dronedrone make room for him next to Colin Barrett and the guy with the unpronounceable name who wrote Notes from a Turkish Whorehouse.Right. That's THAT out of the way.I've seen some flip comparisons to William Trevor, mostly on the grounds that Barry also sets unflattering stories in Cork, Ireland. The comparisons to VS Pritchett grate more. Barry leans to p...
  • Matthew Appleton
    On Goodreads the two star rating means "it was okay", which is about all I can say about this collection. Didn't care for a single character, not a single line stood out to me, a single moment or scene. It all kind of went in, I processed it and didn't care for it and then moved on. About half way through, I was just willing for the damn book to be over with. Wifey Redux was good fun. That's the only story I even remotely cared for, and even that...
  • Ray
    Second read. 4 to 4.5 stars. I'd put it tad behind his first collection, There Are Little Kingdoms. A few of the stories didn't do much for me, but five of them are outstanding. That's very good for a collection. 'Wifey Redux' is a very entertaining, things go awry story that reminded me a bit of some of TC Boyle's outings. 'Fjord of Kilarney' is something along those lines but with the patois kicked up to a level that only a native can get away ...
  • Vivian Valvano
    I met and heard Kevin Barry read (from his novel CITY OF BOHANE)in Montreal this summer during the IASIL Conference and was intrigued. (He happens to be a fabulous reader - very animated and dramatic.) I bought the novel and this story collection, and I started with the stories. It's a very good collection. I'm not saying that every single thing works, but enough of the stories are so good that DARK LIKES THE ISLAND deserves serious attention. Ge...
  • Aine
    Across the rooftops: the narrator sits at the top of the city as dawn breaks, urging himself to leap the great distance between him and the girl who sits with him.Wifey redux: time can be a slippy bugger, and when twenty years slips through your fingers without fair warning you can find yourself cuffed with your rights being droned into your ear on the car park of a big-box retail unit on the Naas Road.Fjord of Killary: a storm in a remote corner...
  • A. Mary
    Please, Kevin Barry, hurry and write another book. When I read his first, the stories in There are Little Kingdoms, I said there are twists. It's quirky, I said, and refreshing. Here he is with his third book, and he remains quirky and refreshing, more than a bit dark, and even though he has been so in three straight books, he manages not to become derivative of himself. He doesn't repeat himself. In Dark Lies the Island, he explores child abduct...
  • Donna
    Ironically I heard this author a few weeks ago on Public Radio and jotted his name down only to find his book in the mail from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. I thought it would be a great read because I usually Iove anything related to Ireland due to the fact that my maternal grandfather came from Belmullet, County Mayo. The stories had an underlying darkness and I think that I would have enjoyed these stories more if I understood the meaning ...
  • Keith Rosson
    Barry's 2nd story collection, DARK LIES THE ISLAND seems to have traded the ardent lyricism of his first book for a focus on story itself, if that makes sense. The stories here are sturdy things, which is fine, but it somewhat lacks the singing, wonderful, jaw-dropping wordplay of THERE ARE LITTLE KINGDOMS and his novel, CITY OF BOHANE. DLTI does seem to pick up steam midway through, and by the end of the collection that familiar verve has return...
  • Jennifer-Eve Workman
    I won this through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.I was torn between giving this 3 or 4 stars. It was a well written book of short stories but I don't think I'm really into "short story" books. So it might just be that I didn't enjoy it because of my own tastes instead of it not being a very good book. Some of the stories would have made excellent books by themselves and it was a bit aggravating that they weren't. Other than that I think the auth...
  • Nicky Neko
    Brilliant, dark, funny. I almost gave this 3 stars, but just couldn't. 70% of the stories in this collection are incredible, and there are just a couple of duds in there. I really loved his style, and the structure of his short stories. The way they take the reader on an emotional journey, by just hitting the right notes at the perfect time. Great short story writer. Stand outs for me: "Wifey Redux" "A Cruelty" and "Beer Trip to Llandudno". I als...