We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night

We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night

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Book - 2017 | First edition.
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A blackly comic and heart-rending odyssey by the inimitable author of Down to the Dirt

Scrappy tough guy and three-time loser Johnny Keough is going a little stir-crazy awaiting trial for an alleged assault charge involving his girlfriend, Madonna, and a teapot. Facing three to five years in a maximum-security prison, Johnny knows this might just be the end of the road. But when Madonna doesn't show up for court due to a fatal accident, shell-shocked Johnny seizes his unexpected "clean slate" as a sign from above and embarks on an epic hitchhiking journey across Canada to deliver her ashes to a fabled beach on the outskirts of Vancouver.

Johnny's wanderings see him propelled in and out of the driver's seat of stolen cars, knocking heads with cagey cops, nearly decapitated by a moose, coming face-to-face with his incarcerated biological father in a Kingston jail, and finding surprising connections with strangers on the lonely road west. But most of all, he revisits the choices and mistakes of his past--his relationships with his adoptive father and a cousin who meant the world to him, and his first real chance at love with the woman who is now lost to him.

We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night is the story of one man's kicking-and-screaming attempt to recuperate from a life of petty crime and shattered relationships, and somehow accept and maybe even like the new man emerging from within, the one he so desperately needs to become.

Publisher: Toronto : Harper Perennial, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781443447836
Branch Call Number: FIC Hynes
Characteristics: 250 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 18, 2018

This is the third novel that I've read from Mr. Hynes and must say, it's his best work to date. To me, his books of this nature are almost a diary of a sorry braggart. As if his characters say, " hey, look at me and how unfortunate things can get! " The moral I took from this story is that you have to be willing to hoof your whole journey alone and feeling sorry for yourself is not productive. If you're lucky, you'll have some help and adventures along the way. Yes, it's full of misspells and slang from Newfoundland but write what ya knows!

Apr 27, 2018

A very interesting story line. Love hearing the story from the main character, Johnny. Too bad it was written in Johnny’s actually voice. Slang, accents, the whole thing. It makes the read unpleasant. Very tiresome. Found myself skipping sentences.

Feb 23, 2018

What a waist of time!
Disgusting trash talk disguised as literature.
Couldn't get past the first 20 pages.
Governor General stooping pretty low here.

Feb 17, 2018

I can't do it no way can I get into a narrative that doesn't even bother with "fucken" punctuation or quotations for dialogue, I said to my partner.

liljables Jan 16, 2018

My staunch Newfoundland pride requires me to read every novel released by my countrymen and -women; this one won the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, so I was doubly powerless. Much like Joel Thomas Hynes' previous novels, We'll All Be Burnt in our Beds Some Night is gritty, violent, profane, and frenetic. But damn, this guy can tell a story. Our narrator, Johnny, is completely unhinged and deeply flawed, but Hynes' manages to make the reader feel for this utter mess - who among us could emerge from such a tragic childhood unscathed? Pearl-clutchers need not apply.

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