‘Lagan Love’ by
At 328 pages this Novel by Peter Murphy is an exciting read. The main characters that include Aidan, Sinead, Janice and Gerry, regularly ignite the smoky air in Grogan’s pub situated in the heart of
city, a pub that the locals love, popular among the citys’ avant garde. Set in
the 80’s, Grogan’s has many characters that gather to swap mythologies and
stories about lenashee or silkie at the harbour or to slag each other in a
‘terms of endearment way’ that could stun the wide eyed newcomers like Canadian
artist Janice, who came to Dublin to study history at Trinity, much to the
disapproval of her mother.
Aidan is a northsider
poet who knew about some of the hardships in life but was also very
knowledgeable about the literature trail around the city and beyond especially
the mythology of the island. He wandered the streets without fear as only a
local would. Meeting Canadian Janice was a surprise, born on different sides of
life; she a princess to his pauper he reveled in the politics of that divide.
She had recognized him from a piece in The Times; he was the next big thing
according to his editor Gwen who was also his mysterious muse. He made Janice
feel nervous at first but as time went on she felt safe with him strolling
along the gritty Dublin streets,
every street and building had a history, his old ways warmed her. She thought
Aidan was a bit like Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
Romance had blossomed along with betrayal and intrigue and that was between friends. Many bridges are crossed; fabled and other wise. It’s the kind of novel that leaves one with questions like how far we would go to succeed with our dreams, how far our dreams would drag us before surrendering to them, or casting them aside for a more simple life, but could an artist do that wholeheartedly?
night is a celebration for having survived another day” love it ~