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Carry Me Down Audiobook

Carry Me Down

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Publisher's Summary

Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2007.
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Best Book, 2007.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2006.

John Egan is a misfit, a 12-year-old in the body of a grown man with the voice of a giant. He has been able to detect lies for as long as he can remember and diligently keeps track of them, large and small, in a log of lies.

With an obsession for the Guinness Book of World Records, a keenly inquisitive mind, and a kind of faith, John is like a tuning fork, sensitive to the vibrations within himself and his family's shifting dynamics.

From his changing voice, body, and psyche to his parents' disheartening marital difficulties, this is a trying year in a fragile young boy's life, and when his sanity reaches near collapse, a frightening family catastrophe threatens to ruin what little they have.

Carry Me Down is a restrained, emotionally taut, and sometimes outrageously funny portrait whose drama drives toward, but narrowly averts, an unthinkable disaster.

©2006 M.J. Hyland; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A spare, piercing testimony to the bewilderment and resiliency of youth....[John is] among the year's memorable characters." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hyland demonstrates a mature sense of characterization and suspense in a thoroughly engaging narrative." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    arukiyomi 23/10/2016
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    "Hyland captures childhood perfectly"

    Hyland's novel of a growing Irish boy struggling to come to terms with the emotional vicissitudes of adolescence is both eerie and endearing all at once. with excellent narration, this is one you can absolutely lose yourself in. well worth it.

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    Maddy 24/06/2012
    Maddy 24/06/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Why shortlisted for 3 prizes?"

    I bought this thinking it must be good if it was shortlisted for 3 book prizes, despite the poor ratings it had already received. I was wrong. It is slow and tedious and generated in me no sympathy with its characters. It could have been severely edited with benefit. If it hadn't been read so well I wouldn't have persevered to the end but the reader was excellent.

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  • Andre
    Ithaca, NY, United States
    13/08/10
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    "Insight into a very young mind"

    This novel is an amazing glimpse of the mind and thoughts of a very young character. The protagonist, an 11 year old boy with a body approaching puberty, a deep voice, and a surprising ability to detect lying statements, is a real misfit. At times his thoughts and behavior seem more like that of a 5 year old; at other times; at other times one can glimpse maturity approaching. He is almost always jealous of his "space", is dreadfully worried about being mistreated or taken for granted, and is somewhat paranoid. I would have given it a higher rating, but the book does not show any real growth of the boy, and it ends with a contrived happy ending. There are also some loose threads - his relationship with the one teacher he liked, but the becomes suspicious of, for instance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    Smyrna, GA, United States
    14/05/16
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    "Bit of a mysterious ending innit?"

    I'm confused about the last line of the book (SPOILER WARNING):
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    "The door is open." What does that mean? why did the author end it so mysteriously? Also, what does the title mean?

    Otherwise, the book is great. I liked John Egan, and could identify with his angst and real troubles from my own boyhood. His focus on lies was fascinating, and I found his "Gol of Seil" very funny.

    It is a good book, but it has no conclusion. Very unsatisfying in that last sentence, which makes me wonder why I spent so much time listening.

    It just doesn't *end*.

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