I live in Dublin, Ireland. Sometimes. Most times I live in my head, quite unaware of my surroundings – if you know what I mean… If you succeed in tracking Sean Walsh, please let me know, ok? I've been searching for him for years…
‘Tells a wonderful story through a series of well-crafted, beautifully written and humorous letters, which will draw in all who read them. You will find here the odyssey of a soul that will call forth fellow travelers. His letters to ‘Michael’ are addressed to us all. The work has the vibrancy of great letter writing. Take and read.
– Fr Martin Hogan, retired lecturer in New Testament Studies, Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin
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A Second Review: John Quinn.
A VERY Distant planet, but still within the cosmos of many readers.
These Letters are charged throughout with authenticity, leavened with an infusion of humour that endears us to the reality of the time.
“Signals” depicts the realisation of a vocation with a humble honesty, truth flowering from innocence, certainty growing from uncertainty.
“In Recovery” [how apt the title!] is for me the core chapter of this
story. The clouds of Doubt part….
Thank you! I am looking forward to The Galway Years…
P.S. Did you ever meet Br. Berard again?
Thank you for this, John. Incisive as ever…
‘Never did meet again…
Then several weeks ago waiting for the 6 pm News on RTE… a roll call of those who had died from the virus… head and shoulder profiles… there he was, briefly… older, of course… but enough to make me curious… That evening I opened RIP and typed his name in the Search slot… and up he comes… a full obituary…
Maybe we will meet again… on another planet… sooner than later!
Again my thanks for your comments, John. Much appreciated…
John Quinn. Friend, former neighbour, colleague back in the RTE days… himself no mean writer. Educationalist…
And a third: John Liddy, poet, author, man of letters:
An inspired work, surely.
From the opening backdrop, setting the tone and scope for the reader, to the use of sources (letters), I was carried along by your staccato style and full flowing observations and details e.g., the humour (your trademark), choosing the name Innocent!
You combine playwright and prose writer and smatterings of the poet to achieve a vital link with the reader and that Reality Check (CNN!) brings us back to reality. The editor in you also shines through with that expertise, technical organisation of the prose. Also, the inclusion of photos works.
Your story in the form of letters to Michael signed by Peter (Pete Cla) is a masterstroke and the use of Latin phrases adds weight to the overall work.
I was left wanting more. It is a gem. Your true calling was always waiting for you, that of a writer.
Plans afoot for a paperback… (Watch this space!)