Book Review: Readings
Reviewed by Shawn Badgley, Fri., July 16, 2004
Mr. Dynamiteby Meredith Brosnan
(Dalkey Archive, $13.50, paper)
This is a story of a punk-rock slacker well past his prime and one big blown chance. It's a risky, aggressive debut effort from Brosnan whose life more than mirrors his protagonist, Jarleth Prendergast's but it works out more than well. Much like the author's plays, it moves fast and it's funny, its prose a ramshackle pile of epistolary, poetry, and colloquial stream-of-consciousness.