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Ordinary Decent Criminals - A Novel

Lionel Shriver

A new edition of one of bestselling author Lionel Shriver's early novels, reissued 25 years after first publication-an engrossing commentary on the intersection of politics and human relationships, set in turbulent Northern Ireland. For ten years, Estrin Lancaster has fled Philadelphia. From the Philippines to Berlin, she's been a traveler without a destination, an expatriate without a motherland. In each of the cities Estrin favors, she manages an apartment, a job, a lover, and never tarries past the first signs of ennui. Her latest destination is Belfast, in Northern Ireland. After twenty years of ritualized violence, this city, too, is exhausted-a town where when one more bomb explodes in the city center, old ladies blow the dust off their treacle cakes and count their change. Here the lanky and spiteful Farrell O'Phelan, former purveyor of his own bomb-disposal service, technically Catholic but everyone's aggravation, wrangles through the maze of factions in the North by despising every side. Farrell's affair with the curious Estrin is nonetheless a meeting of two loners; like hers, Farrell's marathoning around the planet has become a running in place. In deadlocked Northern Ireland, it has become harder and harder to believe that anything is happening at all. A grand tragi-comedy-one of the earliest displays of the ambition and intelligence that has since earned Lionel Shriver worldwide acclaim-Ordinary Decent Criminals is about conflict groupies, people terrified of domesticity, who stir up anguish in their lives and their countries to avoid the greater horror of what lies closest to home.

A new edition of one of bestselling author Lionel Shriver's early novels, reissued 25 years after first publication-an engrossing commentary on the intersection of politics and human relationships, set in turbulent Northern Ireland. For ten years, Estrin Lancaster has fled Philadelphia. From the Philippines to Berlin, she's been a traveler without a destination, an expatriate without a motherland. In each of the cities Estrin favors, she manages an apartment, a job, a lover, and never tarries past the first signs of ennui. Her latest destination is Belfast, in Northern Ireland. After twenty years of ritualized violence, this city, too, is exhausted-a town where when one more bomb explodes in the city center, old ladies blow the dust off their treacle cakes and count their change. Here the lanky and spiteful Farrell O'Phelan, former purveyor of his own bomb-disposal service, technically Catholic but everyone's aggravation, wrangles through the maze of factions in the North by despising every side. Farrell's affair with the curious Estrin is nonetheless a meeting of two loners; like hers, Farrell's marathoning around the planet has become a running in place. In deadlocked Northern Ireland, it has become harder and harder to believe that anything is happening at all. A grand tragi-comedy-one of the earliest displays of the ambition and intelligence that has since earned Lionel Shriver worldwide acclaim-Ordinary Decent Criminals is about conflict groupies, people terrified of domesticity, who stir up anguish in their lives and their countries to avoid the greater horror of what lies closest to home.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A new edition of one of bestselling author Lionel Shriver's early novels, reissued 25 years after first publication-an engrossing commentary on the intersection of politics and human relationships, set in turbulent Northern Ireland. For ten years, Estrin Lancaster has fled Philadelphia. From the Philippines to Berlin, she's been a traveler without a destination, an expatriate without a motherland. In each of the cities Estrin favors, she manages an apartment, a job, a lover, and never tarries past the first signs of ennui. Her latest destination is Belfast, in Northern Ireland. After twenty years of ritualized violence, this city, too, is exhausted-a town where when one more bomb explodes in the city center, old ladies blow the dust off their treacle cakes and count their change. Here the lanky and spiteful Farrell O'Phelan, former purveyor of his own bomb-disposal service, technically Catholic but everyone's aggravation, wrangles through the maze of factions in the North by despising every side. Farrell's affair with the curious Estrin is nonetheless a meeting of two loners; like hers, Farrell's marathoning around the planet has become a running in place. In deadlocked Northern Ireland, it has become harder and harder to believe that anything is happening at all. A grand tragi-comedy-one of the earliest displays of the ambition and intelligence that has since earned Lionel Shriver worldwide acclaim-Ordinary Decent Criminals is about conflict groupies, people terrified of domesticity, who stir up anguish in their lives and their countries to avoid the greater horror of what lies closest to home.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Melanie MacHugh

Length:

16h 23m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:50


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

29:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

21:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

27:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

34:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

24:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

42:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

44:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

49:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

34:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

35:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

43:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

37:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

32:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

41:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

55:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:01:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

41:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

42:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

34:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

46:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:06:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

47:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

28:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

27:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:18