Fractured energies at the core
Andrew Meehan, New Island, €13.95
AMNESIA sagas can often tip into incredulity in terms of how much the protagonist has carried forward with them from their previous incarnation. Andrew Meehan, a former head of development at the Irish Film Board, breathes new life into this subgenre in his debut novel by injecting humour and self-effacement into the existential riddle.
For a change, our amnesiac feels like a real entity rather than a cipher for a bit of nebulous intrigue.
The setting is Paris, particularly the 11th arrondissement, a hive of alleyways and squares that is suitably beguiling in itself. Here, an Irish girl comes toin a restaurant dressed for work as the kitchen porter.
She has no memory of how she came to be there. She has very little sense of herself or much in the way of what her predilections may be.
She knows that she is Irish from her accent and quickly works out what kinds of food seem to suit her palette. As if merely recovering from a lost weekend, she initially seems
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