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This is Happiness by Niall Williams

This Is Happiness

Niall Williams

4.40 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 5 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9781526609335
4 stars out of 5
Sean Hewitt
12 Sep 2019

"Niall Williams’s novel delivers us back into a world with fewer problems than modern age"

Despite its saccharine title, which overdoes the novel’s sunny disposition, this is a worthy read. In the voices of Faha, an older Ireland is brought to life. This is likely to be a popular summer read, transporting us to a world with fewer problems than our own. It has the ease of listening to an elder tell a family legend or a piece of local gossip. As Noel tells us, “when you get to a grandfather’s age, life takes on the quality of comedy, with aches”.

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5 stars out of 5
6 Sep 2019

"This is not a book to read for fast-moving developments. It is one to savour, slowly"

Charming is one word for Williams’ prose. It is also life-affirming and written with a turn of phrase that makes the reader want to underline something on every page. I suggest we all buy his books, pushing him into that realm of globally fashionable Irish writers (which he might not care about), but more importantly, sharing with a vast audience his humane and poetic world view... This is not a book to read for fast-moving developments. It is one to savour, slowly, like the way of life it enshrines. The supporting cast is huge, eccentric, frequently funny.

4 stars out of 5
Claire Allfree
29 Aug 2019

"Williams has the eye of a poet and the raconteur’s knack for finding a tale in the most unpromising nook of everyday life"

Williams has the eye of a poet and the raconteur’s knack for finding a tale in the most unpromising nook of everyday life, as a now-adult Noel, summoning the Faha of his nostalgic imagination, narrates an elegiac novel that’s careful always to offset the antic rural eccentricity with darker notes of loss.