Bryan Murphy is a man of Kent, though he comes from a long line of Irish peasants. He has worked as a fruit-picker, kitchen hand, road-sweeper, bar-tender, wages clerk, teacher of English as a foreign language, translator and copy-editor. He recently retired from a job within the United Nations system, and now concentrates on his own words, as a writer and an actor. He divides his time among England, Italy, the wider world and cyberspace.
on Nov. 21, 2013 :
The sub title of this book 'and other fragments of Mexico' should alert readers that this is no ordinary story book. Immediately you are asking yourself why an Irish person's wake is linked to Mexico.
The book is a mixture of short stories and poetry that brilliantly paint a somewhat satirical picture of everyday life in the resort areas of Mexico.
The title story is about Houlihan, who has come to the fictional but typical Pacific Coast Mexican resort, Playa Chisme, to die "in a really beautiful place". He just has to figure out how to go about dying. When he tries to drown himself in the ocean, he is saved by the lifeguard, not because the lifeguard cares about saving him, but because Playa Chisme is going for a record. No drownings for an entire year. The celebratory party is the town's most anticipated event, and the locals will allow nothing to prevent it from taking place.
If you feel like reading something just for fun, this is it. A delightful read.
(review of free book)