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She ran to turn on the water while I made a beeline for Daddy. He hobbled out of the church as fast as he could on his short leg, and squirted water on the roof just as Mama came out the parsonage door. She put her hand on her hip. Lord, have mercy, Yates! Read more Read less. Product description Product Description This book is wonderful — spell binding.
Kindle Edition File Size: Hidden Treasures Publishing; 1 edition 3 July Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a product review. If you're looking for a book with a little bit of charm and whimsy along with its terrific story, pick up Jess Kidd's Himself. In a literary world of copycats, this feels pretty original in many ways. NetGalley and Atria Books provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available! See all of my reviews at http: View all 38 comments. Bewitching, Mysterious and Whimsical. Its dark whimsy draws you in with its brilliance.
He was raised in an orphanage in Dublin and never knew his mother, having always thought he was abandoned. There he finds more than he bargained for. For Mulderrig is a place where secrets run amok and stay hidden forever. And the town folks? They are friendly to newcomers - that is, until they realize who Mahoney is and what he is after. Yet Mahoney is a charmer, swoon-worthy even. The smile, the scruffiness, the charm. And he has a gift. He can see and speak to ghosts of the past, some of whom are happy to help with his plight, while others are simply afraid of him.
When investigating what happened to his mother, Orla, Mahoney also gets help from some pretty incredible friends: These women are instrumental in his finding the truth. In truth, it is not the type of book I would normally read. Whimsy, fantastical is not my style - but I must say this: The prose is absolutely flawless, beautiful even. In short, this novel is not to be missed. I, for one, am glad I fell under his spell. I hope you will consider doing the same.
A big thank you to my GR friend Larry for his fantastic review of Himself - which is what convinced me to read this book in the first place. Your review was stellar! View all 49 comments. Raised in a Dublin orphanage, he never knew his mother, has no memory of her or of family, or even of this place.
The void her son had fallen into without the cradle of her gaze was immeasurable. He lay as mute as a little mushroom. Who, and where he comes from. Their eyes tell so much, and nothing at all at the same time. Sister Veronica had left him an envelope, his real name, and the town of his birth: The way he stands with his weight shifted back on his heels and his nose in the air, hers.
Jess Kidd shares her story in writing that is lovely, inspired, ingenious, and quintessentially Irish in the colloquial expressions. The mysterious mystical setting revealed with enough cleverness and wit to keep the heebie-jeebies at bay. Her characters are complex, including the intimidating local priest to Mrs. Cauley, a rather unconventional, wealthy, former theatre actress who is not afraid of much, and who takes Mahoney a bit under her wing. The hairs at the back of my neck stood up often, but perhaps most often at the splendor of her prose. Still there is an element that many would consider supernatural.
Magical, moving, magnificent debut novel from Jess Kidd. Secrets that might rise from the grave under the right conditions and circumstances.
With a little help. View all 63 comments. I just loved these characters, especially Mahony, who had been raised in an orphanage, comes to the Irish village Muldering from Dublin to find out about his mother's disappearance or death shortly after he was born. May 22, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: The prologue is, fortunately, mercifully short — and with a bit of magical realism at the end, it poses the questions: What happened to him and his family?
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Mahoney is on a quest, and his destination is the village of Mulderrig in Ireland. Mahoney also has some powerful enemies — those who do not want him to discover his family or where they are and will do everything they can, even evil, to stop him from discovering what happened to them. This book is definitely magical. It combines realism with a mystery with supernatural and fantasy. I have read all of these genres at one time or another and the combination here works quite well. Inventive, visual, funny, and the kinds of phrases that made me stop and think and often chuckle.
Is there anyone among us whose head has not experienced this? They dart through windows, over fences, between bar stools, and across courtyards. They travel rapidly from mouth to ear, from ear to mouth. And as they go, they pick up speed and weight and substance and gravity. Until they land with a scud, take seed, and grow as fast as the unruliest of beanstalks.
Despite a couple of weak spots, this book is an interesting synthesis of genres and a fine example of visual, visionary, literary writing and will likely appeal most to those who have a broad range of different genres under their reading belts. View all 53 comments. Aug 07, PorshaJo rated it really liked it Shelves: One day, a young Irish man comes sauntering into the town of Mulderrig, and he's on a mission. You see, Mahony, was born in this town but was raised in an orphanage.
While living in Dublin, he recently learned that his mother disappeared in this town. The town folk think he's a gobshite. Well, just the men. The women think he's dreamy, handsome with dark eyes and long hair, in need of a bath. Most of the town do not want him here. Especially One day, a young Irish man comes sauntering into the town of Mulderrig, and he's on a mission.
Especially when they find out who his mother is, Orla. Orla was a bad girl in town and they wanted to get rid of her. Any way they could. Mahony just wants to find her or find out what happened to her. Orla had a special gift, she could talk to the dead. And the dead really had something to say about those in town. Which made them even more mad at her. Now, Mahony returns, bringing up the past, having that same special skill, he can talk to the dead. Along the way, he does have the help of three special women in town, and one is quite the spitfire.
Cauley, how she goes toe-to-toe with the local priest is just priceless. What a wonderful, magical story this one was. Early on I saw a few reviews by GR friends and was immediately enchanted. Bring on the addition of ghosts to the story, a thoroughly enjoyable read that had me laughing out loud at times. It's dark, violent, funny, with touches of magical realism. To me, the stars of this book were the ghosts.
They added such humour to the story. Especially since they had this thing There are some wonderful characters in this one. But the issue I had hence only 4 stars the bad characters were not fully developed. I wanted to know why they did what they did. Some of the final story is a bit open too. Oh, and there was an especially horrible scene with a dog, why?!?!?!?
I loved a different area for reading, Ireland, and learning a bunch of slang. I loved the whole good vs evil story line, and loved Mrs. Glad I finally picked this one up and read it. View all 47 comments. Jun 15, Phrynne rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is going straight onto my shelf of favourite reads. I think I will put it next to Lincoln in the Bardo because the ghosts inside their pages have so much in common, and because both books just struck a chord in me and made for such great reading. In Himself we meet Mahoney, 26 years old, charismatic, very good looking and able to charm even ghosts with just a wink.
What he does to the female population of Mulderrig, a small town in County Mayo Ireland, is amazing: I am pretty sure he h This book is going straight onto my shelf of favourite reads. I am pretty sure he has charmed many of the readers of this book, including me. Jess Kidd writes good characters altogether. Mrs Cauley is just wonderful and practically drives the whole book.
The ghosts are good too, Johnnie with his unfortunate antics, Ida the small girl who tries to help, Miss Mulhearne who gets Mahoney to read her poetry and many others. This is certainly a book of many genres. It is described on the cover as "a magic realist murder mystery set in rural Ireland. I loved every magical beautifully written word of it. View all 19 comments.
In a forest dark and deep, the murmuring trees keep their own counsel. They know everything, as do the bees. Where sleep conjures dreams of screaming eels and snapping dentures. Beware of spiteful wells, flying spiders, and meddlesome winds. Note the creeping shadow who has a taste for religious paraphernalia. You are about to enter a world of tricky knickers and wigs that tilt askew at alarming angles. The dead are drawing in. View all 35 comments. May 24, JanB rated it it was amazing Shelves: The tone and language were everything in this novel.
The humor lightened up what is a serious murder mystery and brought in much needed levity. The language and descriptions oozes charm. And the characters were delightful! That can sometimes be a difficult genre for me but in this case I thought it was charming and amusing. I laughed out loud more than once. The relationship between Mahoney and Mrs. And I also loved Bridget. The characters, the writing, the setting I loved all of it. Recommended for those who love quirky with a dose of magical realism.
Not recommended for those who like their endings neatly tied in a bow. I read this with the Traveling Sister group. Our discussions were fantastic. For this and other reviews please visit their blog at: View all 50 comments.
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Norma and I were lost in the magical lush coulee with two of our Traveling Sisters reading Himself. At times we were hidden in the bushes looking over our shoulders for the supernatural who were wanting to find us and tell us their secrets. Himself starts off dark and violent and left us wanting to stay hidden in those magical bushes to hide from the dark but soon humor is introduced into the story to lighten the darkness of this story.
Jess Kidd does a good job balancing the dark with some ligh Norma and I were lost in the magical lush coulee with two of our Traveling Sisters reading Himself. Jess Kidd does a good job balancing the dark with some light here with magic and humor. She adds some supernatural elements here with our main character Mahony who sees the dead that holds the secrets and lies in a small Irish town. At times we were left confused with some of the supernatural and magical parts of the story and we were grateful to have a discussion to help us figure out some aspects of this story.
It lead to a very interesting discussion amongst us and in the end about reading and discussing this story we were left very satisfied to come out of the bushes to recommend this story. Nov 13, Rosh rated it liked it. I seem to be on a kick for reading books which take place in Ireland lately. And Kidd definitely knows how to tell a story. I thought this novel had all the things I like in a book such as Irish f I seem to be on a kick for reading books which take place in Ireland lately.
I thought this novel had all the things I like in a book such as Irish folklore, a mystery to solve, and ghosts of both people and pets. The Irish setting is original and alive with exceptionally skillful writing, with gems of phrasing on every page.
So what went wrong? As it's often happens with great story, stupid characters doing stupid shit. Also can we not have female characters whose sole purpose in the story is to pine over a dude who has no interest over her whatsoever? Lastly, my biggest concern was combination of the lyricism and magic realism that too frequently tip over into Irish whimsy.
Perhaps throwing crime, comedy and magic realism into the one novel is a combination too far. View all 8 comments. I appreciate the authors imagination: View all 13 comments. The dead are drawn to the confused and the unwritten, the damaged, the fractured, to those with big cracks and gaps in their tales, which the dead just yearn to fill. Mulderring is a town simmering with fiercely kept secrets, quite a few miscreants and a chorus of ghosts that lurk at every corner and crevice.
At times suffering from a little too much of everything: Past the place where old songs go to pass the time of day with forgotten hymns and nursery rhymes. Where long-ago cats are put out along with lost schooldays and expired coupons…but right now this memory is jumbled deep, tucked firmly behind the shopping lists and the ironing, the Friday fish and Monday-morning gossiping. All of this and more awaits in this debut novel and were it not for the overabundance factor, I would give this the full five.
View all 30 comments. Feb 21, Robin rated it liked it Shelves: Things are all mysterious and magical in small town Ireland This book has flashes of The Sixth Sense with main character Mahoney pronounced MAH-hinny by the narrator of my audiobook who sees the dead, everywhere he goes.
Unfortunately for him, the only ghost he really wants to see his mother's , eludes him. Ghosts in this book are like cats - they don't come when they're called. They aren't particularly helpful. Mahoney, in his tight leather bell-bottoms, has returned to the town of Mulderrig. He's met with an inordinate amount of resistance from the villagers.
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