Literati has ratings and 37 reviews. Gift said: Ein ziemlich komplexes, originelles, spannendes aber auch oft frustrierendes Buch!Nach den ersten 1. p. Encuadernación en tapa dura de editorial con sobrecubierta ilustrada. McCrea, Barry Traducción de Luis Nacenta. Traducción de: The first verse . Literati: Barry McCrea, Luis Nacenta: Books –

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Paperbackpages. Ferro-Grumley Award for Gay Fiction To see literzti your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The First Verseplease sign up. Lists with This Book. La aventura comienza con un juego inofensivo que se transforma en una locura, en la que nuestro protagonista se desliz 4. View all 4 comments. Ja, Dublin als Handlungsort ist spannend.

Und eine moderne Geschichte, in der Schwulenclubs eine Rolle spielen, mal was anderes. Aber die Geschichte packt mich nicht. Dabei kann das an der mangelnden Kenntnis des Autors nicht liegen. Barry McCrea ist ein Literaturwissenschaftler, der zu interessanten Werken und Themen publiziert hat Ulysses, Minderheitensprachen und ihr Einfluss auf die Literaturaber hier wird dieses Wissen nicht wirklich lebendig vermittelt.

Vielleicht kriegt der Roman irgendwann mal wieder eine Chance, im Moment war’s das. Daher erst einmal Abbruch.

The First Verse by Barry McCrea

Sep 25, Lanea rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a pretty impressive first novel. So, of course, I was going to read this no matter what. The book traces through one of my favorite cities, in lterati neighborhoods I used to haunt as a student, piterati the main character reminds me so much of one of my long-lost dear high school friends that reading the book was almost like a reunion.

And t This is a pretty impressive first novel.

And then my long-lost friend found me last week, while I was nose-deep in this book. Which is an interesting coincidence, because the plot of the book is all about the spooky power of books.

The First Verse

Niall, a young gay man who is a genius of languages, steps into college life like many young gay men do. He starts to meet men he can date, relishes his freedom, and starts tip-toeing towards coming mccreaa. He makes his way as a scholar varry his own right, set free from the constraints of his family and his former school mates. He befriends other students and tries to gauge how they’ll react to his homosexuality, and on some level realizes that his own happiness is so much more important than anyone else’s view of him.

And then it all goes to hell. It has to–something needs to drive the novel. Niall comes into contact with two mysterious older scholars who are involved in a strange form barr divination, sortes.

He pesters all hell out of them until they let him into their mini-cult, and then loses himself to their rituals and their crackpot lifestyle. He also loses touch with his family, lets a promising new relationship fall by the wayside, insults his friends, and founders in school. So harry we have to root for Niall to escape the cult. The book isn’t perfect, of course.

It ends a bit abruptly. It tortures the reader a bit too much in spots–we want Niall to regain his senses, to remember how much he loves his friends and his studies, and how intrigued he was by the Dublin gay scene and one particular man. But despite the small weaknesses of the book, Mccrea did something all too rare–he called attention to some of the complexities of being openly gay, even in post-Catholic Ireland, and he created a gay character who isn’t just about stereotypes or erotica.


His Niall is about so much more than his sex life. Because, well, isn’t everyone?

The book is a breath of fresh air, despite all of the claustrophobic chanting and studying the characters wallow in. Feb 21, Blake Fraina rated it it was amazing. He’s somewhat young for his age – bookish and inexperienced; not yet out of the closet to anyone and still nursing an unrequited crush on Patrick, a popular, athletic, and decidedly straight, school chum.

As Niall is settling into his rooms at university, a mysterious young man calls him by name from the courtyard below his window and serenades him with the first verse of a traditional song, “Oranges and Niall Lenihan is entering his first year at Trinity Dublin, as mdcrea of two Beckett Scholars. As Niall is settling into his rooms at university, a mysterious young man calls him by name from the courtyard below his window and serenades him with the first verse of a traditional song, “Oranges and Lemons, say the bells of Saint Clements.

Throughout the first chapter, Niall and the reader will notice a series small of incidents mccreaa coincidences – that seem to echo, or reflect, the first words of the rhyme.

Most significant of these occurs when he briefly meets an eccentric older student, Sarah, who asks him to choose a passage at random from a book she is carrying and, to his shock, it is the litrrati same line Pablo Virgomare recited to him but an hour earlier. This allows them to live seemingly as if guided by the fates, without having to make any conscience choices of their own, without having to take responsibility barrj their actions.

This lifestyle is very seductive piterati a timid young man who largely does what is expected of him and shies away from making bold, decisive moves baery as declaring his love for Patrick or coming out. At first they reject him but, by using their own methods against them, Niall chases them down and forces his way into their exclusive circle. Their nightly meetings are like supernatural seances that last until dawn, fueled by the ritual, repetitive chanting of book passages and the drinking of large quantities of Southern Comfort.

As Niall’s life begins to spin out of control, the book becomes a story of addiction and attempted recovery. Soon he is unable to make the simplest decision or, as with drugs or alcohol, to even feel normal without first consulting the books.

The First Verse can definitely be bardy as literary fiction of the highest order, yet it’s never difficult, dry or cumbersome to read. On the contrary, the writing is incredibly brisk and tight. The reader gets the impression that every passage, every word has been ligerati chosen to fit into a larger, yet-to-be-revealed picture.

Every quote, character name or book title mentioned offhandedly is not without a larger significance. Yet beneath the artistry of the writing and the relevance of its themes, this is, first and foremost, a compulsively readable story. Mfcrea very much a mystery, a bit of a thriller and even includes a compelling little love story. Above all, it struck me as an intricately wrought puzzle, and not until the last piece was in place did it all make sense.

Anyone who can relate to the idea of being seduced by the written word will love this book and the believable, flesh-and-blood protagonist at its heart will have the reader rooting for him until the very last page.

I firmly believe that, if Niall mccrae straight, this book would have been a major bestseller. Personally, I recommend it to any lover of literature – straight or gay.

Este libro es confuso y raro. El tema central sobre el que gira la trama son los sortessincronismos. Era una forma de comunicarse con seres superiores, con un mundo inmaterial, una especie de canal hacia lo inerte.


En otras palabras, se drogaban con los libros. Aunque bueno, eso puede ser subjetivo. Literati es una novela cautivante, bien escrita, con una trama inicial interesante y con personajes misteriosos y contradictorios. Jun 01, Stephanie rated it it was ok Shelves: This is about a young and closeted gay man – very young, I kept forgetting he was not even 20 as he often seemed older to me – who goes to university and meets some people who bring him into their book-based cult: Great concept but I, like other reviewers, found the ending abrupt and tacked on – interesting but somehow unsatisfying.

Jan 01, Nick Sweeney rated it it was amazing. Niall is a young Dublin student who has got a place on a scholarship to the prestigious Trinity College. He does the usual college things; he makes new friends, goes drinking, goes to parties, and even does a little bit of studying.

He is drawn out of college life firstly by his introduction into Dublin’s gay scene. He has always been gay, as far as he knows, and has suffered unrequited love for a straight friend. The rough and ready Dublin scene heralds the awakening of him as a sexual being, an Niall is a young Dublin student who has got a place on a scholarship to the prestigious Trinity College.

The rough and ready Dublin scene heralds the awakening of him as a sexual being, and he enjoys it. However, the one thing that draws him out of both of these threads of his life is an archaic approach to its direction: He is initiated into the sortes rituals by the enigmatic Sarah, a mature Trinity student of about 30, and her younger friend John.

Gradually, the sortes obsess them all as they try to get to the elusive ‘next level’ of an organisation known as Pour Mieux Vivre – ‘A Better Life’ – and take over their lives: John loses his job as a financial clerk and Niall’s course rapidly goes down the pan, as does his involvement in the gay scene and his interest in putative boyfriend Chris.

The rather obnoxious Sarah seems to be untouched by such calamities. The Dublin portrayed by Barry McCrea is a vibrant, moving city that stands up well. It’s not Ulysses though a line or two from Ulysses has a prominent part in the book but it’s a great update. The second part of the book is set in Paris, where Niall seeks John and Sarah, at first, and then avoids them, and leads a strange and haunted nocturnal life.

McCrea does justice to Paris, too. There were a few passages that made me want to junk the book, but it’s such an enjoyable read in its essence that I couldn’t convince myself to put it down.

I read it partly because I saw it described as one of those books that owe something to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, and I wasn’t disappointed in this aspect of it: Niall is as self-absorbed and hapless as TSH’s Richard Papen at times, as erudite, and as pitiable, but, just as often, as plausible. Ein ziemlich komplexes, originelles, spannendes aber auch oft frustrierendes Buch!

Ich muss schon vorab sagen, dass ich diese Welt nicht mochte. Es war eine graue, kalte Welt, die Ein ziemlich komplexes, originelles, spannendes aber auch oft frustrierendes Buch! Gleichzeitig war es keine logische oder rein mystische Welt.