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Lagan Love [Paperback]

Peter Murphy
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April 16 2011
If you know something about passion, and desire, and giving everything to live your dreams then leave your world behind for a while. Come with Janice to Dublin, in the mid nineteen-eighties when a better future beckoned and the past was restless, whispering in the shadows for the Old Ways. Janice has grown tired of her sheltered existence in Toronto and when Aidan leads her through the veils of the Celtic Twilight, she doesn’t hesitate. In their love, Aidan, Dublin’s rising poet, sees a chance for redemption and Janice sees a chance for recognition. Sinead tells her that it is all nonsense as she keeps her head down and her eyes fixed on her own prize – a place in Ireland’s prospering future. She used to go out with Aidan, before he met Janice, so there is little she can say. And besides, she has enough to do as her parents are torn apart by the rumours of church scandals. But after a few nights in Grogan’s, where Dublin’s bohemians gather, or a day in Clonmacnoise among the ruins of Celtic Crosses, it won’t matter as the ghosts of Aidan’s mythologies take form and prey on the friends until everything is at risk. Lagan Love is a sensuous story of Love, Lust and Loss that will bring into question the cost we pay for our dreams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 14 2012
By Artur
Format:Paperback
Excellent read! I have to stop at every chapter to explore the literature and history this book is bringing to life. Must Have!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating June 19 2011
By Wendy L. Hines - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When Janice's father passed, he had left her money for her education. She decides to use it to study abroad, in Dublin.

Sinead and Aiden get along well when they are drunk, but when sober, they don't have much to talk about. Aiden is a rising poet and Sinead wants more out of life - in fact - thinks herself better than some. Sinead goes to the same school as Janice as the two become quick friends. Janice meets Aiden through Sinead, and the two quickly connect.

Then there is Gwen, a married woman who has a fling on the side, with Aiden and spends her time looking for new art or artists. When she sees Janice's art, she quickly makes a deal with her and Aiden. But then things begin to turn ugly between Aiden and Janice.

Old Ireland myths, a beautifully woven background, a cast of unique and adept characters set the tone for this phenomenal story of love, loss, and hunger. How much would you be willing to pay to achieve your dream? Is that cost worth the end result, even if you lose something close to you or even yourself? Peter Murphy spins a story bringing to light the darker side of Ireland and how twisted our human psych can become. With twists and turns, erotic scenes and magic, Lagan Love is a fascinating read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN INTRIGUING STORY OF IRELAND! LAGAN LOVE BY PETER MURPHY... June 7 2011
By April A. Renn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
LAGAN LOVE by Peter Murphy is an interesting novel set in 1980 Ireland. It is written with great details with characters that are not only realistic but will also capture your hearts as they embark on a long journey through Ireland. This is the story of the love of Ireland that was hidden in the lyrics about a beautiful woman in a 15th century son,My Lagan Love.It has love,lust,desire,passion,dreams lost,a restless past,volatile anger,myths,poetry,a blend of old ways and new. We meet Janice, Aidan,and Sinead. Janice,who has grown bored with her Toronto sheltered existence,and desires to embark on an adventure to Ireland. She wants recognition and a place in Ireland's future. Aidan, a up and rising poet,who is looking for redemption,who leads her through Ireland's veil of Celtic Twilight.Sinead,who once went out with Aidan,her parents are being torn apart by rumors of church scandal.When Aidan's ghosts of mythology start preying on the friend's everything is at risk of being lost. This is the story of lust,dreams lost,the price paid for said dreams as well as Ireland's myths and legends. At a time when Ireland is on the brink of prosperity and foreigners. This is a wonderful debut novel of Ireland's old ways,Celtic Crosses ruins and reveals the complex layers of Ireland and its people. This story will appear to romance readers as well as history bluffs, and anyone who enjoys a good Ireland tale. This book was received for the purpose of review from Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. and the publisher and details can be found at Fiction Studio Books and My Book Addiction and More.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lagan Love by Peter Murphy July 8 2011
By OSUCandace - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Once the pages of Peter Murphy's novel, Lagan Love, was opened I was instantly swept into Dublin, Ireland. Lagan Love centers around a group of people who are just beginning to find themselves. Aidan charges (or more aptly drunkenly stumbles) into the novel as Dublin's fresh young poet, dubbed as the voice of Ireland's conscience. Janice, a young women from Toronto, has moved to Dublin to study at the prestigious Trinity School. As Janice immerses herself in the new culture she also finds herself on a journey of self-discovery. After finding herself in a somewhat shaky relationship with Aidan, Janice decides to follow the path of becoming an artist. Mix in Gwen, Aidan's mysterious and other worldly editor, and you find yourself in the middle of Murphy's intoxicating tale of love, heart ache, and the cost of making your dreams a reality.

Murphy does a fine job in painting his 1980's Ireland as a place filled with class, socioeconomic, and religious strife. It doesn't take long to see that many characters in Lagan Love are disenchanted with many of the European countries, England being at the top of the list. Many of the characters are prejudice and have no problem throwing around racial remarks involving those in other social classes, of a different faith, or from a different country. This all seemed very realistic to me. However, Murphy also showed his Dubliners as a proud people, who didn't forget history and spoke of it frequently.

The characters in Lagan Love frequently spend their mornings, afternoons, and evenings in pubs drinking, smoking, gossiping, complaining, and speaking about about their times growing up. Murphy makes the pub a familiar place where everybody knows everyone and their business. The Cheers song, "Where everybody knows your name" comes to mind while following the characters from pub to pub.

Religion also plays a role in Murphy's novel. While reading I definitely felt the tension between the Protestants and Catholics. Murphy does a great job in showing what turmoil in the Catholic church can do to men and women in their own homes.

While I enjoyed Lagan Love, it took me a few chapters to get my footing. At times I felt there was too much history and 'sightseeing' being written about, which took away from the characters and their journey. It also took me a while to adjust to the Irish vernacular, however it did make the novel that much more realistic.

I enjoyed watching the character dynamics unfold between Janice and Aidan. When Janice met Aidan she was a shy, self conscious girl. Throughout the novel she evolved into a self confident, daring women. However, Aidan stayed much the same. The novel started showing him as an unhappy, egocentric character and ended much the same. Murphy makes the case that both Janice's evolution and Aidan's stalemate could be linked to Gwen.

I definitely recommend Lagan Love, Peter Murphy's first novel. I look forward to reading more literary work from him.

~Candace Lybarger, Reviewer for Bookpleasures
*I received Lagan Love as a complimentary book from The Fiction Studio through Bookpleasures for this review*
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lagan Love Sept. 6 2011
By Kathleen Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As I am a fanatic for anything Irish, I found Lagan Love to be a very well written and compelling novel about Dublin in the 1980's. As soon as I started reading this book I was swept into Dublin, its people, places, poverty,strife and lore. The characters were very intriguing, Aidan, a poet looking for redemption, spends his days in the pub drinking,and writing. Janice, a college student at Trinity College, is also a painter wanting to be famous. Aidan and Janice meet and the path they follow in their relationship is often tense but always exciting. This is a story of love, lust with a bit of Celtic mysticism and myth thrown into the mix. As I read this book I could imagine Grogan's, the pub filled with eclectic characters and hear the conversations going on about life, love, poetry and Lenanshee's. I thoroughly enjoyed the story but I would have liked to have seen the last part of the book go a little more into detail as to what happens to the characters as time goes on. I highly recommend this book to the reader who wants to experience this authors writing and Ireland. Peter Murphy's takes his own life experiences and puts that toward an awesome story that I hated to see end.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed immensely April 11 2012
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book for so many reasons. Learning how a writer uses history to poignantly present a sense of place. I've never been to Ireland but love it's writers, recently , Edna OBrien who also brings Ireland to us through characters. The ways in which each character is a part and feature of a place, and how place becomes a character in itself too. fascinates me. How to create psychologically truthful stories in which the place is not just backdrop but entwined with the people. Inside them as history, expressing not only their private harsh realities but a city's and a country's? That fusion is really difficult to craft and It's done here with remarkable skill. The troubled Dublin,comes alive.
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