LIES OF SILENCE by Brian Moore

The acclaimed author Brian Moore was born in Belfast in 1921, and has won many literary awards. Lies of Silence almost won the Booker prize in 1990.

Lies of Silence is mostly set in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The plot could have found place at any time.

The story is told from the point of view of Michael Dillon, a middle aged man who is the manager of Clarence hotel in Belfast, where he also grew up. But most of all he wants to live in England. Moira Dillon, Michael’s wife, is a tall, flirtatious lady whose looks is the only thing that attracts people to her and the reason why she is married to Michael. She is suffering from bulimia. Michaels lover is the young, Canadian BBC reporter Andrea Baxter. She does not have Moiras looks, what Michael loves about her is something else. Peg Wilton, The Reverend Alun Pottinger, Moira’s parents, Michael’s parents and Father Matt Connolly, are other characters we meet in the book.

Michael and Andrea are happy having decided to move to London together. This means that Michael will leave Moira, a decision Moira will get to know the next day. Michael returns to his and Moiras home where, he thinks, he shall spend a normal night. But finding his cat dead outside the house is a bad sign, and during the night someone from IRA breaks into the house and keep Moira and Michael hostages. The next morning Michael is forced to drive to his hotel with a bomb in his car. He can manage to save the lives of everyone within the hotel by calling the police, but then his wife will be killed....

It is not easy to classify this book, but if I should try, I think it is a “political love thriller”. The book contains a lot of dialogues.

The underlying intention of the book is how ordinary people living in Northern Ireland may, without wanting it, be thrown into the middle of the conflicts going on in the area. It is about how the lives of people are affected by the country’s political situation.

I find the book mesmerizing. When I started reading, I had a hard time putting the book down. The book is also very evocative and I do not think I will forget it for a while. Furthermore the book is beautifully realised. I will urge everyone above the age of thirteen to read this book, they won’t regret!
What kind of man was Father Connolly in the story?
i just want to say that this book is awful.
i had to force myself to read it and if i hadn´t have to read it for school i would certainly not have finished it.
it is boring, the author is definitely not talented in describing feelings and thoughts.
actually the auhor isn´t talentet at all. i could have written a better book.
lies of silence is a book that is often used in schools. that´s a terrible mistake.
most of the pupils don´t like reading anyway and if they have to read boring literature like this, they´ll probably never enjoy reading or choose to read a book volunteerely.

i would never ever recommend it.
the only positive thing i can say about it is that it is very thin.
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I've got to disagree with the comments that the book is good. Its style is extremely simple, and often Moore uses half-finished, half-expanded metaphors that make no contextual sense or coherence. I feel like he has read books in his lifetime and haphazardly thrown various techniques which he found appealing into his writing (unsuccessfully). The style is that of an inexperienced writer, and being a vivid reader myself, I don't get involved in the story at all, but rather read it completely conscious of the writer himself instead of being so enthralled that I imagine the book as a real sequence of actions. Throughout, I was completely aware of the fact that someone had written this. For these reasons (among others) I'm afraid that I feel the book was poorly written, the characters never really expanded on, and as if Moore had an idea of a plot line, and felt like he had to fill in the gaps somehow until it made sense. There were some moments when I skipped a few pages, because it rambled on incoherently for a while, and when I began reading again, it was as if I had started where I left off and no developments in plot had been made. I feel like the book could have been shortened into a 50-page short story, without missing any vital parts out. It may be good for a foreign speaker who wants to learn English, because the writing is simple and clear, and the narrative is very explicit in its meaning.