THE TERRORIST OF PROVIDENCE STREET
G H Neale
5.0 out of 5 stars Meta-fictional Genius
Who would know that such a short work as this novella would stretch, twist and break the confines of linear narrative? Who would know that this collection of short stories isn’t? For this work is not ordinary. This work is different. This work is exceptional in its imagination, structure and form and I cannot praise it highly enough. Rather like you may gaze upon a building site day after day as bricks are laid here, beams are placed across voids and workman come and go, you are totally unaware as to what is going until the end, the very end, and it is topped off. This book commingles stories, narrative levels and points of view and it is only as Mr Moran places his final full stop do you get it and his house reveals itself. That, my friend, is genius and I have no other diction that best describes it.
But Let me not dress up my review in too many artful reveries, although I would sorely wish too, as Mr Moran’s eloquence should be eulogised in such a way, let me simply say: if you like complex writing in a style that seems homely and redolent of the brilliance of ordinary life then you will love this.
O and it has a talking monkey called Karl Marx. Dearie me it’s funny but then all the best writing is isn’t it?
Who would know of these things?
Well you can. Get in the know and buy this book today. Period.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spellbinding Tale of Interconnected Stories
With a brilliant set of interconnected stories, Moran has produced a spellbinding tale in The Terrorist of Providence Street. The novella’s antihero, Scott Holden, aspires to write and have his books published. He works at a restaurant, but he suffers from social awkwardness, especially in expressing his feelings for a female colleague. His anxiety leaves him fantasizing about her. When a new employee, a “monkey” named Karl Marx, starts at the restaurant, Scott feels jealous and threatened by Karl’s banter and impropriety with the ladies and also by Karl’s great fortune with having his own novel published. Scott’s world becomes more bizarre when he encounters illusions at the restaurant, where he supposedly still works, but finds himself full of memory lapse and confusion. His hallucinations and delusions continue as he falls deeper into lonesomeness. Even as a writer, his past haunts him, which he brings to life with shocking consequences. In putting together this psychological thriller, Moran blurs the surreal world with reality and builds a plot of suspense that is revelatory and downright chilling in its finale. This is the type of book that will have you wanting to consider and examine its every detail.