~ The Irish contemporary classic in a beautiful new edition ~ 'Weren't you never out for an easy dip?' he asked . . . 'I don't mean the baths, I mean with a pal. For a lark like.' Out at the Forty Foot, that great jut of Dublin rock where gentlemen bathe in the scandalous nude, two boys meet day after day.
There they make a pact: that Doyler will teach Jim to swim, and in a year, they will swim the bay to the distant beacon of the Muglins rock, to raise the Green and claim it for themselves.
As a turbulent year drives inexorably towards the Easter Rising of 1916 and Ireland sets forth on a path to uncertain glory, a tender, secret love story unfolds.
Written with verve and mastery in a modern Irish tradition descended from James Joyce and Flann O'Brien, At Swim, Two Boys is a shimmering novel of unforgettable ambition, intensity and humanity. 'One of the greatest Irish novels ever written' David Marcus 'The music of Jamie O'Neill's prose creates a new Irish symphony' Peter Ackroyd 'Heartachingly beautiful' Independent on Sunday 'A vivid picture of human freedom' Sunday Times
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 656 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 01/07/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780743207140