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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Murphy Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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John Devine is stuck in a small town in the eerie landscape of southeast Ireland, worried over by his single, chain-smoking, Bible-quoting mother, Lily, and spied on by the “neighborly” Mrs.Nagle. When Jamey Corboy, a self-styled Rimbaudian boy wonder, arrives in town, John’s lonely life suddenly seems full of possibility. He is taken up by mischief and discovery, hiding in the world beyond as Lily’s mysterious illness worsens. But Jamey and John’s nose for trouble may be their undoing, and soon John will be faced with a terrible moral dilemma.

Suffused with family secrets, uncanny imagery, black humor, and hypnotic prose, John the Revelator joins the ranks of the great novels of friendship and betrayal as it grapples with the tension between the pull of the world and the hold of those we love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Murphy understands the gracelessness of teenage boys and that peculiar delinquent wisdom shared by all the great coming-of-age novelists.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This work establishes Murphy as an author of tremendous imaginative and linguistic power who has mastered Flann O’Brien’s supernatural whimsy, Beckett’s grim irony, and McCabe’s unsparing brutality.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “An absolutely wonderful book…Books like Peter Murphy’s can change things and be so fresh and so contemporary, so original and so disturbing and brave.”

    Colm Tóibín, award-winning author of The Master

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachelfm | 3/9/2011

    " Mystical modern Irish adolescent male bildungsroman...a serendipitous companion to Black Swan Green. Bonus points for American folk references and exhaustive knowledge of invertebrates. Best opening lines I've read in a long time; prose transcends without being overwritten or overwrought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charles | 12/18/2010

    " Great first half, disappointing second half. I read it in about 2 sittings, though. The prose is very agreeable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 11/24/2010

    " A coming-of-age story that... I don't even know. It was just so unsatisfying, I can't even say why I finished it. Too much here, not enough there. It's books like these that have me running back to the non-fiction shelves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lou | 6/27/2010

    " This was a very hard book for me to get into. I wasn't very taken in by the min character. Also there was so much Irish dialect that I totally didn't understand that it distracted me fro the story. "

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About the Author

Peter Murphy is a music journalist based in Dublin. He is contributing editor with Dublin’s Hot Press magazine and has written articles for Rolling Stoneand other publications. He lives in the southeast of Ireland, in County Wexford, where he grew up.