Carry Me Down, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Ireland, 1971, John Egan is a misfit, 'a twelve year old in the body of a grown man with the voice of a giant who insists on the ridiculous truth'.

With an obsession for the "Guinness Book of Records" and faith in his ability to detect when adults are lying, John remains hopeful despite the unfortunate cards life deals him.

During one year in John's life, from his voice breaking, through the breaking-up of his home life, to the near collapse of his sanity, we witness the gradual unsticking of John's mind, and the trouble that creates for him and his family.




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This didn't go the way I thought it would, and it ended up being one of those books where I dislike all the characters too much to really care what happens to them and so lose interest in the plot, I'm afraid. Kind of similar to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, but more irritating.

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Not a cheerful read - the direction is inexorably down, but one that grew more fascinating and powerful as I read it. Carry Me Down is the claustrophobic story of a poor, deprived family in seventies Ireland. Written from the point of view of their troubled eleven-year old son, it charts their disintegration in the face of all the social misfortunes which crowd upon them. Life is too difficult, too demanding, too soul destroying and wearisome for them to sustain it. The opening scene of rural, domestic bliss is the biggest lie in a story that centres upon the power and ethics of truth and falsehood. There is no redemptive ending, which would have spoiled the book, only a continuation; the characters delivered back to their starting point to attend another day upon the arrival of Godot.

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