By Paul Murray
Tremendously pleasing and outright hilarious, Paul Murray’s debut heralds the coming of a massive new Irish expertise. His protagonist is endearing and wildly witty–part P. G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster, with a cantankerous sprint of A Confederacy of Dunces’ Ignatius J. Reilly thrown in. With its rollicking plot and colourful characters, An night of lengthy Goodbyes is a pleasant and erudite comedy of epic proportions.
Charles Hythloday observes the area from the comfy confines of Amaurot, his kinfolk property, and doesn’t a lot take care of what he sees. He prefers the black-and-white sanctum of vintage cinema–especially whatever starring the attractive Gene Tierney–to the roiling and rumbling of twenty-first-century Dublin. At twenty-four, Charles goals to resurrect the misplaced way of life of the aristocratic kingdom gentleman–contemplative walks, an ever-replenished drink, and afternoons full of canapés as ready by means of the Bosnian housekeeper, Mrs. P.
But Charles’s comfortable lifestyles is ready to stand a significant shake-up. His sister, Bel, an aspiring actress and hopeless romantic, has delivered to Amaurot her so much recent–and to Charles’s brain, such a lot ill-advised–boyfriend. Frank is hulking and around, and resembles not anything quite a bit as a wide cloth wardrobe, most likely a Swedish one. He bets on greyhounds and talks perpetually of brawls and pubs in an accessory that brings tears to Charles’s eyes. And, so much suspiciously, his front into the Hythlodays’ lives simply occurs to coincide with the disappearance of an ever-increasing variety of loved ones antiques and baubles.
Soon, Charles and Bel notice that lacking heirlooms are the least in their concerns; they're easily now not as wealthy as they've got continually believed. With the relations fortune teetering within the stability, Charles needs to do whatever he swore he may by no means do: get a task. Booted into the suggest streets of Dublin, he's as unprepared for actual lifestyles as Frank will be for a cotillion. And it seems that genuine existence is a tad unprepared for Charles, as well.
From the Hardcover edition.