Magazine article New Internationalist

The Greening of Larry Mahon

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Greening of Larry Mahon

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The Greening of Larry Mahon

by Dave Duggan (Long Tower/Guildhall Press ISBN 0 946451 81 8)

Dave Duggan's impressive début novel inhabits two seemingly very different worlds; the violence-torn streets of Derry, Northern Ireland, and the remote logging camps of the rainforests of Borneo. Larry Mahon, an engineer responsible for constructing the roads that cut into the heart of the rainforest, moves between these two worlds but is an uncomfortable outsider in both. In Borneo, he is aware, in a vague, disquieting way, of the devastation being wreaked on the ecological system and observes the protests against the logging operation by the indigenous Penan people with bemusement. On his trips home to Derry, he views his family and community in much the same detached way; disconnected and rootless.

Two shattering events conspire to force Larry out of his apathetic acceptance of the way things are and demand his engagement in events. …

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