Bar Talk

  • by Nessa O'Mahony
  • Narrated by Nessa O'Mahony
  • 0 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Bar Talk is Irish poet Nessa O'Mahony's first poetry collection, originally published in 1999.
Poet Katie Donovan reviewed:
"Nessa O'Mahony's debut collection dwells in the fraught and many faceted field of relationships: affections, loves and hurts. A wry, unself-pitying tone pervades. The mood is self-aware rather than dramatic or sentimental: this is the voice of a survivor. She sits at the bar and watches the lives of others - lovers, friends, family - while holding her own joys and sorrows in perspective. This urbane voice weaves deeper resonances through the memories and anecdotes it recounts."

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Dublin in the rare ould times

Lovely to hear this first book of poems by poet Nessa O'Mahony read in her own voice. It captures the youth and excitement of living and loving in Dublin at the end of the 20th century.
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- Nessa

Bar Talk Beyond the Bar...

What did you like most about Bar Talk?

I enjoyed the varied subject matter covered in the poems - things that happened in sports events, bars, home life, relationships. I almost felt that the poems could have been grouped according to the topics to which they were relating.


What did you like best about this story?

I thought the musical transition pieces in-between the poems worked very well - they let me know that there was a change in poem without being intrusive.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

I preferred the poems that took place in the bars or the ones concerning sports (in actual terms and in metaphorical ones!) as these are two areas of my life to which I relate the most.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did not really have an emotional reaction to this book - it may have been due to having the poetry read to me - I usually find that if I am reading the poem myself, then I will (sometimes) connect with it emotionally.


Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed most of the collection, but I thought that, at times, the readings were a bit stilted and had almost a self-conscious awareness that the author was reading 'poetry' - I think I would have liked the readings to be a bit lighter and have a bit more flow to them.

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- Therese

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-12-2014
  • Publisher: Athena Media Ltd.