Yeats Is Dead! : A Mystery by 15 Irish Writers

by Joseph O'Connor | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0375727566 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Skyring of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on 12/8/2003
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Skyring from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Monday, December 08, 2003
Picked this one up in the Napier YHA.

Journal Entry 2 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Monday, December 15, 2003
Picked up at the meetup Skyring and family attended in Christchurch - great to meet you all!

I wonder who Olga was, and why Martina thought she'd enjoy this book?

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Journal Entry 3 by Skyring from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Monday, December 15, 2003
Too late for release notes. Spent the night dreaming of Bookcrossing - a good sign, I'm sure.

Always interesting to see the signs of past history. This one caught my eye because Yeats is my favorite poet. Sad to hear of his demise.

Journal Entry 4 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Wednesday, January 07, 2004
A really interesting concept - a book written by 15 different authors - but unfortunately seriously lacking in the execution. Each author seemed more interested in introducing yet more characters (so they could write witty and amusing descriptions of them), and tying the plot into even greater and more unlikely knots, than in actually writing anything good. I know it was supposed to be funny, but humour doesn't always have to be poorly written. And a couple of times I suspected the current author hadn't read the previous chapters very carefully before starting their contribution.

It's a pity there wasn't some sort of introduction explaining the process used to write the book - I'd like to know if there was any discussion of the plot or style beforehand, or if it was a total free-for-all. I was a bit disappointed that all the authors chose to write in basically the same style - it would have been more interesting to read if the authorial voice had changed more noticably from chapter to chapter.

I'd also like to know how they decided what order the authors would write in - I felt sorry for Frank McCourt, who was left to somehow drag together all the wildly flapping threads in the final chapter - I'm not sure how much of the weak conclusion to blame on him, and how much on his collaborators having made a satisfactory ending so difficult.

Oh well, it could be worse, I suppose, but it was still disappointing.

Might take it along to the next meetup and see if anyone else wants to give it a go.

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