Mistaken by Neil Jordan

Ballyroan Reads


This is a story of identity; two parallel lives in Dublin intersecting and switching over due to the similarities in physical appearance and personality between two people from the nineteen sixties to the present. Two boys who have grown up in different environments; one of South Side privilege the other from a modest Fairview background. Friends and acquaintances mistake each for the other the similarities in their natures allow them, in particular, the narrator, Kevin, to slip for a short time into the life of his doppelganger, Gerry. The book is superbly visual, the picture of sixties and seventies Dublin clear in the background of the stories of two very different lives intertwining. Like many of Neil Jordan’s stories there is a sense of displacement in the main character, he seems an onlooker to his own life which parallels what happens when he is actually misidentified as Gerry and passively…

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