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`Read Epub õ Eureka Street ⛄ EUREKA STREET is a story of Belfast in the six months just before and after the latest ceasefires It is the story of Chuckie Lurgan, fat, Protestant and poor, who suddenly becomes very wealthy by various legal but immoral means and of Jake Jackson, Catholic, reformed tough guy, who has been abandoned by his English girlfriend and is looking for love Meanwhile the strange letters OTG start appearing on walls and paving stones throught the city Now a major four part drama for BBC TWO to be screened at the end of August , starring Vincent Regan, Mark Benton, Marie Jones, Dervla Kirwan and Sorcha Cusack I joined Goodreads after a bad experience with a collection of loosely tied short stories that shall remain nameless That book hit me over the head with a bat, kicked me in the gut, drove over me and dropped what was left in a frozen river from a tall bridge It was a formative experience, but at the moment I hated it so much so much fiercely, with passion And on top of that I thought it was pretty shitty the proportion quality effect it had on me was completely off So I told myself never I joined Goodreads after a bad experience with a collection of loosely tied short stories that shall remain nameless That book hit me over the head with a bat, kicked me in the gut, drove over me and dropped what was left in a frozen river from a tall bridge It was a formative experience, but at the moment I hated it so much so much fiercely, with passion And on top of that I thought it was pretty shitty the proportion quality effect it had on me was completely off So I told myself never again never again to pick up a book based on titles, covers and blurbs Viva goodreads and previous opinions The problem of that being, I would have missed this book too.Curiously, my love for Eureka Street didn t bloom overnight In fact, after finishing it, I thought it was good enough, but the plot is not exactly believable and I was expecting it to look cheap in hindsight What happened, instead, is that it became insidiously part of the books that I read just because And the BBC Northern Ireland mini series was great too It s available on youtube, if anyone is interested So I picked up a soft cover edition whose paper had seenthan a little rain for 2 euros in a half open air second hand bookstore on the corner of my hostal in Berlin and I powered through the german feeling I was missing perhaps 30% percent of the book as I probably did This was not meant to be a life companion, by any means So why And how can I have it again I m going to tell you what this is about, thought it s about men and women hitting their thirties, looking around, realising that they have somehow lost their footing after leaving college, and building a life they can go on with It s about coming out of the holes we find ourselves into It s a feel good book read only the first chapter and the last, and it ll bethan obvious It deals with anger, poverty, difference, missed chances and risks taken that impossibly payed off Look at the relationships all of them are about difference, being happy with it, accepting it, reconciliation, hope they mimic Ireland s political situation, they are based on forgiveness, and they have this bright tomorrow ahead of them and I m rooting for them all, because life is not about being right or being wrong it s not even about agreeing it s about doing your best and letting others do theirs When I was 17 I was going to accept a summer work offer from a farmer in Londonderry I m not sure to remember properly what I was supposed to pick up in Northern Ireland Might have been cucumbers Unfortunately at that time my knowledge of the English language was pretty low, so I thought I would have picked up watermelons known as cocomeri in Italy And I was wondering a lot about that task Perhaps Northern Irish watermelons were smaller than the ones growing up under the warm Mediterran When I was 17 I was going to accept a summer work offer from a farmer in Londonderry I m not sure to remember properly what I was supposed to pick up in Northern Ireland Might have been cucumbers Unfortunately at that time my knowledge of the English language was pretty low, so I thought I would have picked up watermelons known as cocomeri in Italy And I was wondering a lot about that task Perhaps Northern Irish watermelons were smaller than the ones growing up under the warm Mediterranean soil I contacted the farmer via mail and he sent me a paper letter, explaining me how much he would have paid me, for how long I would have to work each day and so on He didn t tell me anything about his religion, but I was sure that, deciding to hire a worker from Italy, he was Catholic Being a rare example of non baptized secularist Italian before knowing the way to say it in English I think I would have been a delusion for my jobsgiver Eventually I decided to don t go to Londonderry But before of that decision I read all the informations I was able to find about the Sinn F in party, Ira, The Troubles in Belfast ant the contrasts in Derry Maybe part of my decision to don t work in Northern Ireland was influenced by what I read and watched on tv I was a fearful boy.Anyway, to cut a long story short, after those few weeks in 2000 I totally lost my interest for Northern Ireland Belfast never attracted me that much and I never considered the city as a realistic option for a vacation.Thanks to Robert McLiam Wilson and to Jenny for suggesting his works to me I m considering the opportunity of giving Belfast a first chance.This book is a blinding gem I can t wonder why Roddy Doyle managed to put so much attention on Dublin with The Commitments , The Van and The Snapper while Eureka Street didn t do the same for Belfast In fact I found McLiam Wilson s way of writing so far better than Doyle s one There are countless hilarious moments of humour in this book and a halo of disillusion and romanticism that makes it irresistible.Plus, there is an unforgettable, deeply touching and yet extremely raw chapter that is very hard to forget You will understand what I am writing about I can confess how my cheeks got wet while reading those pages And I understood how much McLiam Wilson loves his hometown Anyways.The second part of Eureka Street title tells the truth.This is really A Novel of Ireland Like No Other.I wished it was neverending Having lived in Ireland for over 17 years, I ve always made a point of reading virtually any book by either a well known or new writer from this country Having said this, Eureka Street was recommended to me by a Polish friend Thanks, Mac This book is about love it s a love song written to the greyest, wettest, dampest, most depressing city I ve ever seen Robert Wilson McLiam was, of course, bred and buttered in Belfast to use an old Irish expression This book is set in 1996, just a Having lived in Ireland for over 17 years, I ve always made a point of reading virtually any book by either a well known or new writer from this country Having said this, Eureka Street was recommended to me by a Polish friend Thanks, Mac This book is about love it s a love song written to the greyest, wettest, dampest, most depressing city I ve ever seen Robert Wilson McLiam was, of course, bred and buttered in Belfast to use an old Irish expression This book is set in 1996, just at the tail end of the last edition of the Troubles , as they are called over in this perplexing, totally unique country Northern Ireland The two main characters have both reached the age of thirty, and, as the book begins, are realizing that they ve accomplished little to nothing in their lives the way they go about changing their lives is the secret of this wonderful, incredible book.Jake Jackson is a lapsed Catholic He has survived what was apparently a horrific childhood, to be educated beyond his station, only to find that the only thing he s truly good at is fighting He tends to fall in love two to three times a day, primarily with lamentable results Jake is the narrator of this unique, hilarious book.The outstanding character of Eureka Street is Chuckie Lurgan, Jake s best friend Fat and pale, he grew up in his Methodist home, raised by his mother his father took off long ago After his thirtieth birthday, Chuckie makes a list of his accomplishments, and decides to get rich In the course of the book, not only does he succeed, but he manages to have Max, a lovely American girl, fall in love with him Chuckie s hilarious so well drawn, and so well described I ve met dozens of Chuckies in the North of Ireland myself.I can t think of another book that I ve read recently where the author is so deeply in love with the culture and the people of a city McLiam writes absolutely beautifully and it s the kind of beauty that sneaks up on the reader To those of you who have not seen Belfast, it s a miracle of a book, it truly is Eureka Street is such a wonderful read I couldn t think of anyone I know who wouldn t completely enjoy it McLiam does a particularly good job in separating the various groups because believe me, the people in the North of Ireland suffer from a unique insanity and I don t think it will ever change The peace is still holding up in the North, and it s a blooming miracle that it is Almost as much of a miracle as Eureka Street itself All stories are love stories is the first sentence of this book It s not a love story in the traditional sense but a delicious tribute to the city of Belfast In Chapter 10, McClaim Wilson writes, cities are the meeting places of stories and that is exactly what this book is about Set in the mid 1990 s, when the troubles of Norther Ireland were at a fevered pitch, Jake, a rough and tumble Catholic, and Chuckie, a fat Protestant boy with big dreams, are friends As they grope their way t All stories are love stories is the first sentence of this book It s not a love story in the traditional sense but a delicious tribute to the city of Belfast In Chapter 10, McClaim Wilson writes, cities are the meeting places of stories and that is exactly what this book is about Set in the mid 1990 s, when the troubles of Norther Ireland were at a fevered pitch, Jake, a rough and tumble Catholic, and Chuckie, a fat Protestant boy with big dreams, are friends As they grope their way to maturity, the boys go through a series of adventures that are so humerous that I laughed out loud and then so sad that tears ran down my cheek It s a tightrope between comedy and tragedy just as it is in real life and the author handles it beautifully Sadly, this is not a book I would have picked on my own When my Goodreads Ireland book club selected it, I was a little hesitant Who wants to read about the troubles in Ireland But the book isabout living in the middle of chaos, how it is possible to go about daily living with bombs exploding around you and how people just go about their business no matter the circumstances It s in Ireland but it could be anywhere Afghanistan, Syria or NYC after 9 11 One of the chapters dealt with the aftermath of a terrorism attack and it was so incredibly moving that I sobbed all the way through it The author states, For the men who planted the bomb knew it was not their fault It was the fault of their oppressors who would not do what they wanted them to do Belfast, NYC, Sandy Hook and Fort Hood have all been victims of that thinking I cannot recommend this bookhighly The writing is lyrical The story involves all your emotions and you just end up caring about all the characters It is a perfect book