The Mangan Inheritance

Not so long ago James Mangan was a brilliant young poet These days, however, he toils as a journalist and shivers in the shadow of his glamorous movie star wife And now she has left him for her lover Adrift and depressed, Jamie takes refuge with his father, in whose house he turns up a 19th century daguerreotype bearing the initials J.M and depicting a man who, as iNot so long ago James Mangan was a brilliant young poet These days, however, he toils as a journalist and shivers in the shadow of his glamorous movie star wife And now she has left him for her lover Adrift and depressed, Jamie takes refuge with his father, in whose house he turns up a 19th century daguerreotype bearing the initials J.M and depicting a man who, as it happens, is Jamie s spitting image Could this be the only existing photograph of his purported ancestor, the legendarily dissolute Irish poet James Clarence Mangan Obsessed by this strange resemblance and aided by an unexpected financial windfall Jamie heads to Ireland thinking at last to discover that elusive entity himself Instead, in the dreary coastal village of Drishane, he meets the Mangans derelict Eileen, sullen Dinny, drunken and shrunken Conor, and the sexy and very available Kathleen They know something, for sure something to do with Jamie, and something they don t want him to find out The Mangan Inheritance is melodrama at its most inventive and suggestive, an inquiry into the problem of identity and the nature of ancestry that beguiles the reader with dark deeds, wild humor, and weird goings on, on its way towards a shocking and terrifying and utterly satisfying conclusion.
The Mangan Inheritance Not so long ago James Mangan was a brilliant young poet These days however he toils as a journalist and shivers in the shadow of his glamorous movie star wife And now she has left him for her lover

  • Title: The Mangan Inheritance
  • Author: Brian Moore Christopher Ricks
  • ISBN: 9781590174487
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Brian Moore Christopher Ricks

    Brian Moore 1921 1999 was born into a large, devoutly Catholic family in Belfast, Northern Ireland His father was a surgeon and lecturer, and his mother had been a nurse Moore left Ireland during World War II and in 1948 moved to Canada, where he worked for the Montreal Gazette, married his first wife, and began to write potboilers under various pen names, as he would continue to do throughout the 1950s The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne 1955, now available as an NYRB Classic , said to have been rejected by a dozen publishers, was the first book Moore published under his own name, and it was followed by nineteen subsequent novels written in a broad range of modes and styles, from the realistic to the historical to the quasi fantastical, including The Luck of Ginger Coffey, An Answer from Limbo, The Emperor of Ice Cream, I Am Mary Dunne, Catholics, Black Robe, and The Statement Three novels Lies of Silence, Color of Blood, and The Magician s Wife were short listed for the Booker Prize, and The Great Victorian Collection won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize After adapting The Luck of Ginger Coffey for film in 1964, Moore moved to California to work on the script for Alfred Hitchcock s Torn Curtain He remained in Malibu for the rest of his life, remarrying there and teaching at UCLA for some fifteen years Shortly before his death, Moore wrote, There are those stateless wanderers who, finding the larger world into which they have stumbled vast, varied and exciting, become confused in their loyalties and lose their sense of home I am one of those wanderers.

    327 Comment

    • Cphe said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      Not the strongest book by Brian Moore that I've read but still worth a look at. A somewhat murky plot with some very dark themes. The old saying "be careful what you wish for" nicely sums up this story. After the death of his wife "poet" Jamie Mangan travels to the remote town of Drishane in Ireland in search of his unknown family and his ancestry.I'm quite biased about this author and his work which I find so well written and compelling. His novels are diverse and far reaching. A large part of [...]

    • Nicholas During said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      A very good book. I was initially taken in by the writing, which is very strong, and the plot resembles a Greek myth--loss, identity crisis, rebirth after discovering origins but with a disappointment in the past that leads the protagonist to move forward. There are points when the two styles clash a bit. At one point this book feels like it is on the "big con" game, is everybody out to rip off the rich American? And I always enjoy a good mystery so no complaints here. But mixing it up with poet [...]

    • Daniel Polansky said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      Shit! Damn! I love a book that really truly subverts genre stuff, where you’ve got no goddamn idea what’s happening next. Legitimately, disturbing, weird, erotic, dope, totally read this. Will I Keep It: I done just told you I was, didn’t I?

    • Corey said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      This is one of the best novels--most engaging, most moving--I've read recently. The characters are so well-drawn I felt slightly bereft when I finished, and I empathized with the protagonist so much that when he got hurt it upset me. It reminded me a bit of John Fowles at his best.

    • Kc said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      This book, originally published in 1979, has been reissued and I liked its rough and tumble feeling as the main character trips along, digging his hole a little deeper with each misstep. The characters are fully drawn and the story, though less shocking in 2011 than it undoubtedly was in 1979, still resonated.

    • Sara said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      The somewhat aimless writer-husband of a recently dead movie-star travels to Ireland on the premise that he can discover whether or not he is indeed the descendant of Irish poet James Clarence Mangan. He is lured on by a mysterious photograph which might be of the original James Clarence Mangan, but happens to look exactly like our protagonist. The pleasures of the book are ethnographic in nature. Moore summons up a 1970s actor's world and an impoverished Irish countryside with equal skill. Are [...]

    • Ian said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      James Mangan grew up in Montreal, follows his father into journalism but is pretty average. Love flares doing an interview with an actor and they marry - after 6 years his wife is a famous film star and he's still nothing, but it doesn't matter whilst their marriage lasts. It doesn't. She leaves him and dies within a week in a car crash, leaving him her fortune. Mangan heads to Ireland to (metaphorically) dig up his ancestors, one of whom was a minor Irish poet who happens to look excatly like h [...]

    • A. Mary said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      I have to say I was disappointed because I expect more depth from Moore, but the book isn't a waste of time. The pursuit of identity by searching for roots and genealogy is familiar to many descended from the diaspora, and Moore attaches a gift (poetry) to a besetting weakness. These two recur about once a generation, and the two-edged sword is an interesting premise. Add the mystery of an important Irish poet as potential ancestor, and Moore has the makings of a story that can hit several notes [...]

    • Brad said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      This book seems simple enough. A guy whose life was completely overshadowed by his wife seeks to find himself and to discover whether an obscure but celebrated in his time Irish poet is a distant relative. The action moves from New York City to Montreal to the wild backwaters of Ireland. Jamie Mangan finds out more than he might want to about his family in Ireland. The book is incredibly well written and gets creepier as it progresses. I have to admit that I probably should read it a second time [...]

    • Kristine Morris said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      I kept having to check the title page of this book to make sure I was NOT reading Mordecai Richler! A man (feeling unworthy of himself), from Montreal, a writer/journalist, his father part of the newspaper empire, with various idiosyncrasies and some questionable sexual exploits. Certainly the theme is not new - taking a leave in Ireland to find oneself and/or one's roots - but overall I did enjoy the book. The storyline was engaging and you weren't really sure how it would all work out in the e [...]

    • Nathan said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      This novel was much better than I thought it was going to be. For those familiar with Irish heritage tales (both on paper & in person) there were quite a few cliches, but the characters were so real, it didn't seem to matter. Sort of an amazing twist that allows the protagonist to drop everything and make his heritage journey, but that's what's needed to make the journey so, so be it. Quick read for a rainy weekend.

    • Cheryl said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      I read The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearn a couple of years ago that sparked my interest in Brian Moore. This is an amazing book - I never heard of it until this release by NYRB - but I may have to start working my way through the Moore canon.

    • W said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      I read it through in one setting, which is hardly something I do anymore, and am wondering why. Enough mystery, history, and adventure. But it was published in the '70s, a time when I came of age as a reader, and think somehow it is a period style that caused the response.

    • Norah said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      Enjoyed this rather strange book, but being set in Co Cork and read in Co Donegal on holiday (they are very similar as counties) it was just right for me, and I released it with bookcrossing up in Downings, Co Donegal!

    • Maxine said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      I love this irish author who grahame green described as one of the greatest authors of all time An English professor friend of mine gave me a copy to read he was studying it with his 3rd year students at the time and I found that I then got hooked on the author

    • Lynn said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      Great novel! Tortured souls, gorgeous writing.

    • Steven Mangan said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      I ordered this book to read. Although not much of a reader, the person portrayed in the book is a cousin of my great grandfather, James Clarence Mangan, who was a famous poet from Ireland.

    • Sally Anne said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      Dark. Uneven. But a good, compelling read.

    • Janet said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      Don't I wish. Our hero goes to Ireland in search of what he may have inherited from his Irish ancestors. He's hoping to find a connection between his penchant to write poetry and some same-name poets written up in history. Are they related to him?What he finds: Irish relatives who not only write poetry but also look exactly like the image he sees in the mirror. What positive proof of relationship. If you really want to claim them as relatives. You never know what you're going to get.

    • Kevin Darbyshire said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      Not one of the better books by his author. I'm not sure I really warmed to the main character and I found the plot rather unbelievable. Some gratuitous sex scenes weren't easy to read. This is the 10th book of Moore's that I have read and I plan on reading the other 10 I have found. Not sure I would have read more of the author if this had been the first.

    • Patrick said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      Jamie Mangan desperately wants to be a poet. In fact, he'd settle for being known as someone other than "just the husband" of a stage and screen actress. He lives on her money, but he has no identity of "self". His wife falls in love with her producer and wants a friendly divorce and is more than generous in her settlement proposals. Then tragedy strikes a time when Jamie comes across an old photo of an Irish poet with his last name. Is he related to this man who died in the mid-19th century? He [...]

    • Susan said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      Finished this several days ago, but I was undecided as to how to write about it so I kept avoiding updating this page. I've always loved Brian Moore's writing. I wish more readers would (re)discover him. So, I was thrilled to see a new edition of one of his novels that I'd never read (thank you New York Book Review Press and that smart, sharp-eyed librarian at the Arcata branch who is filling the shelves with fantastic new titles!). This novel has the characteristic, beautiful, lilting prose tha [...]

    • Michael said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      I really connected with the first section of this novel, particularly Mangan's descent into depression and listlessness after his separation and death of his wife. Mangan's trip to Ireland is both haunting and frustrating. His actions are not surprising, and could be said to demonstrate the propensity or desire of some to take on the role of libertine. Mangan should fester for more than a month. However, Moore's tidy ending seems less real.

    • Kevin Adams said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      After reading and absolutely loving a previous book by Brian Moore (The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne) I had to of course read another. Another one his masterpieces, yes, masterpieces that was released years ago from NYRB, The Mangan Inheritance is equally astonishing. I'll continue to find and read as much from Moore as I can get my hands on.

    • Kay Puma said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      The idea of this book intrigued me, but I did not think it was up to the hype. The search for your roots and search for self was a good idea, but the pace at which it occurred and the people Jamie encounters in Ireland are depressing.

    • Tara said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      This story of a poet seeking his history, relatives, and doppelganger in Ireland has an undertow of menace and meaning, but never quite satisfies.

    • Roger said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      A novel with many textures and moods. Very readable. Will seek out other books by Moore.

    • Mary Lou said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      Brian Moore featured high on my favourite writers list 20 years ago, but I was disappointed that this now feels so dated ( and now socially insensitive). Was glad it was over really

    • Bob Peru said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      very engaging. i read this in two sittings. brian moore deserves to be better known.

    • Chrissie said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 00:32 AM

      Well written. Disturbing and bizarre.

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