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When Michael Dillon is ordered by the IRA to park his car in the carpark of a Belfast hotel he is faced with a moral choice which leaves him absolutely nowhere to turn He knows that he is planting a bomb that would kill and maim dozens of people But he also knows that if he doesn't his wife will be killed


10 thoughts on “Lies of Silence

  1. says:

    This was my final book from the 1990 Booker shortlist which I have been reading as part of a project by The Mookse and the Gripes group It is a gripping and horrific tale of a hotel manager caught up in an IRA plotMichael Dillon is the manager of a Belfast hotel which is due to host a loyalist firebrand who must be modelled on Ian Paisley He is planning to leave his wife and go to England with a young Canadian when he is visited at home by masked IRA terrorists who demand that he leaves his car which they have armed with a bomb outside the hotel while they hold his wife hostage with the threat to kill her if he does not comply The book follows the moral dilemmas that they face It is not a long book but it is very difficult to put down


  2. says:

    He looked up at the masked face of the IRA gunman “We usually take a pint” They waited in silence hearing the footsteps of the milkman crossing the avenue coming in their direction There was the sound of their front gate opening the chink of bottles and the gate shut again The van moved on I read this as part of the 2019 Mookse Madness tournamentThis book shortlisted for the 1990 Booker prize is an examination of the troubles in Northern Ireland and features a literal milkman as seen in the uote above a rather nice link to the winner of the 2018 Booker Prize Anna Burns “Milkman”Michael Dillon has reluctantly returned to Belfast from London asked by his hotel group to turn around a faous hotel in the City Dillon is having an affair with a young Canadian BBC journalist and when she is offered a job with the BBC in London he promises her he will tell his glamorous bulimic wife Moira who by congtrast to him was delighted to return to Northern Ireland that he is leaving her and will ask to be transferred back to London That night however Dillon is ordered by the IRA at the threat of them killing Moira to park his car at the hotel so they can detonate a bomb they have placed in it Brian Moore’s early novels published in Canada were thrillers before he moved on to literary fiction This novel seemed to me to be an uneary compromise effectively the worst of both worlds A thriller style set up but without very much of the thrill the plot slightly too dominated literary style by important decisions which are waived or postponed or coherence Dillon is paraniod about being followed on a drive and about IRA people being undercover which is understandable given what has happened to him but does not explain why pages earlier he allowed a man he did not know to speak to him privately just because he is wearing an Ulster lapel badge But one which is too often drifts into the rather straightforward and explosition sic heavy writing style of a thrillerIn respect of the latter the comparison to Anna Burns novel does not to this book any favourCompare and contrast Mr Harbison would never fight a civiil war to prevent Ulster from becoming a part of the Irish Republic or take up arms to affirm his status as a citizen of the United Kingdom Mr Harbison like ninety per cent of the people of Ulster Catholic and Protestant just wanted to get on with his life without any interference from men in woolen masks To the distinctive literary voice of At this time in this place when it came to the political problems which included bombs and guns and death and maiming ordinary people said ‘their side did it’ or ‘our side did it’ or ‘their religion did it’ or ‘our religion did it’ or ‘they did it’ or ‘we did it’ when what was really meant was ‘defenders of the state did it’ or ‘renouncers of the state did it’ or ‘the state did it’ Now and then we might make an effort and say ‘defender’ or ‘renouncer that flag of the country from ‘over the water’ which was also the same flag of the community from ‘over the road’ A contrast which was unfortunately rather shadowed in the opening with “At a uarter to nine just before going to work Dillon went down to reception to check the staff roster for tomorrow” As opposed to The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died He had been shot by one of the state hit suads and I did not care about the shooting of this man Others did care though and some were those who in the parlance ‘knew me to see but not to speak to’ Overall this was an enjoyable and easy reading novel one which shows the difficultimpossible choicescompromises which can be forced in the political arena but one which in a literary sense is flattered not just by a link to Anna Burns but by the company it kept on the 1990 Booker prize in a year whose included “Possession” “A Gate of Angels” and “An Awfully Big Adventure”


  3. says:

    Was forced to read it for school the writing was terrible the characters were boring and the pace was annoying Didn't honestly care what happened at the end and I was right since the end was terribleDefinitely won't be re reading this one


  4. says:

    ❝ She said she liked the Irish much better than the English 'because they're fun' But what was it she saw in him? He did not smoke pot or like rock concerts as she did He was not knowing in bed like she was He was married and hiding their affair from his wife His job must seem boring to her He was a failed poet in a buisness suit And yet me believed although he could not explain why that she loved him From the moment she had said it to him here on the towpath they had seen each other almost every day Often the would meet for an hour and in a rush of desire go to the hotel get a key and make love in an unbooked room Yet he did not think of this as an affair He had never been unfaithful before He was filled with the excitment of being in love and sick of the fear of losing her He knew that girls her age got crushes on married men And got over it ❞ Warning Light SpoilersBefore anyone asks; no I did not chose to read this book out of my free will Unfortunately my class and I were forced to read this godforsaken thing by our peers Because if I did pick up Lies Of Silence and read the first few pages I would have thrown it away and ran screaming out of the bookstore As you guys know I am not one to go into a book expecting to hate it uite the opposite in fact; whenever I have finished a poorly written book by knee jerk reaction is to give it a two star rating and try to highlight the good as minute as they are But in good conscious I cannot do that with this book because Lies of Silence has to be one of the worst books I have ever read in my lifeFrom the characters the plot the writing everything within this book is just horrendous Whenever I picked this thing up all I felt was a sinking feeling in my stomach and when I did summon enough courage to read some of it I would have to put it back down after one page and get back to it almost a day later When talking about the book to my friends I told them I now understand why most of you dislike reading This book broke me BROKE MESo what makes this monstrosity tick? Well I’m going to tell youSet in Belfast in the 1980s the story begins with Micheal Dillon finishing up his day at the hotel and meeting with his girlfriend Andrea The two love birds decide that they will move to London the next day to begin their lives together Dillon agrees and starts to plan how he'll leave his wife However before he can get the chance to do so members of the IRA burst into his home and hold him and his wife Moria hostage The men force Dillon to drive his bomb laden car to the hotel he manages in order to kill a leading Protestant reverend members of the Orange Order and militant Protestants all of whom are attending the same function If he does not comply then Moria would be killed ❝ They said 'If you're not out of the hotel car park five minutes after you go in we'll know you double crossed us' If i get out of this car now and walk away Pottinger and his Canadian friends will be blown away He stood staring They were schoolteacers civil servents small business people they had families in France who depended on them He looked back at the windows of the Emerald Room where Pottinger's Canadian supporters had begun to applaud they too have families who depend on themAnd I have Moria Moria who I planned to leave ❞So Dillion says to himself Fuck the wife I have to save the strangers who were told specifically to stay out of Ireland and calls the police before the bomb can harm anyone From this point on his life has changed forever he will now have to live in fear of the conseuences his actions might bring him Or that's what we were told is supposed to happen To be honest the rest of the book is just Dillon going about his daily life until he is relocated elsewhere and after that the book abruptly ends Sure the author tells you that he's nervous but this book tells you a lot of things but never shows suat We are told Dillon loves Andrea and not Moria but we are never shown We are told he's miserable but we are never shown We are told he fears for his life however it is never proven in his actionsA great example is when Dillon mentions he has gotten a call from one of the investigators to Andrea and this is her response;❝ ' Come on let's have another drink I'm shaking You'd think it was me they'd called' ❞You see a skilled author would have had Dillon look down at her hands and notice them shake showing that Dillon cares about Andrea’s feelings and make the writing seem less lazy however it is apparent to me that Brian Moore is far from a skilled author He must have been out the day his English teacher taught the “Show Don’t Tell” techniue as this is a problem that constantly pops up in the novel It never builds upon the story but rather point them out like the reader is an imbecile Not only does it show off your indolence but also makes the dialogue stiltedAnother example would be how Moore depicted the IRA men who came into Dillon’s home Instead of bringing a layer of maturity to a very dark period in Irish history Moore decides to depict them as caricatures One is described as fat and lazy one is spotty and feminine they are all vicious and ugly etc They were or less old school Disney villains rather than peopleThere are even aspects to the writing which were how should I say? uestionable❝ The jiggling foot stopped The gunman leaned forward in his chair holding the revolver between his thighs pointing it at Moria like some reptilian penis Blinking his small eyes he stared her up and down from her slender body her pale face her long dark tumbled hair It was a stare so overtly sexual Dillon watching stiffened and sat tense ❞ I can’t be the only one who uestions how Moore phrases his descriptions I mean what the frick frack was he was thinking while comparing a gun to a reptile's penis? And folk it only gets weirder from here I would be than happy to oblige you all with uotes taken from the freuent and unnecessary sex scene but I just don’t have the strength I’ll leave those little treasures for someone else to dig up Let’s just say they were all hilarious and disturbingHowever since I’m so nice I will offer a sneak peek;❝ He could not speak He sat on the bed stroking her back his hand moving up and down the arch of her buttocks until rolling over she pulled him down on her straining her naked body against his as though she would fold them into one person And then reunited they entered that eclipse of time the act of making love ❞Andrea and Dillon “make love” around five times They do not add up to anything at all but the author put them in anyway later inspiring E L James in writing her erotic Twilight fanfiction that will later become the international bestseller Fifty Shades of GreyIt is very noticeable that no one edited Lies of Silence as the writing style is inconsistent Most of the time it’s told in third person but sometimes it changes to first sometimes Dillion’s thoughts are in italics but the majority of the time they aren’t and some chapter are short and snappy but other’s it’s nothing but a wall of text Don't believe me on that last complaint? Don’t get me ever started on the grammar Dear lord there were so many simple mistakes I wanted to stick a pencil in my eyes The one that got me the most was the line where “forever” one single word was broken up into two words instead Slips are made during the first draft of the novel not the finished product A few might allude the editor yes however it should not be constant I think I have efficiently established that the writing sucks so we shall move onto the characters Unsurprisingly the characters and setting are flat and gloriously sterile In the end of the book view spoilerDillon is presumably killed hide spoiler


  5. says:

    Brian Moore’s Lies of Silence revolves around a youngish married couple in Northern Ireland Moira a housewife Michael a hotel manager They each have their disappointments Moira’s beautiful feels unappreciated and unloved for reasons beyond her attractiveness and is bulimic Michael’s abandoned his dream of supporting his poetry through teaching and disappointed by following his father’s career as an hotel manager Moira and Michael’s marriage is cold and loveless Its dissolution plays out against the horrors of an IRA operation bringing to the fore Moira and Michael’s moral and marital confusion Lies of Silence features Brian Moore’s spare and direct prose Moore relentlessly advances his narrative as if he wants to insure that his prose doesn’t distract from the force of his plot I previously read Lies of Silence about six years ago and I reread it now because a GR friend reminded me of the strengths of Moore’s The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Lies of Silence proved just as exciting and as affecting on my second reading as on my first


  6. says:

    The moral dilemmas that we face under conflict are brought out brilliantly in this novel set in the ‘80’s during the “Troubles” in Northern IrelandMichael Dillon a poet turned hotel manager is coming to the end of his marriage to his beautiful but bulimic wife Moira Being Catholic divorce is an ugly word and severely frowned upon by his parents Yet Michael has fallen for a much younger Canadian woman and is about to decamp with her for London On the eve of him telling his wife that he is leaving her their home is invaded by the IRA Michael is ordered to drive a bomb in his car back to his hotel the following morning His choice is clear kill many people at the hotel including some prominent Protestant agitators and save Moira from being killed by their captors or vice versaThe plot moves through the uotidian activities of going to work returning home moving about the claustrophobic city of Belfast with its myriad military checkpoints and “watchers” and all the while this activity is infused by a sense of menace that something will go wrong something will end Dialogue is also very conversational mirroring normal life and yet we know that nothing in this place is normalBy placing his characters in this crucible of doom Moore explores key themes the moral choices made under stress the artist who gives up his vocation to earn a paycheue the pervasiveness of religion in Irish society falling in love only for superficial beauty needy love that skirts physical danger and the lies of silence The “lies” are what this community has been living with for the IRA and its Protestant counterpart the UDA have lost credibility with the local populace and are seen as thugs and bullies no longer advocating on their behalf And yet no one is prepared to take on the IRA for fear of being harmedThe events with the bombing force Michael and Moira into making another moral choice to confront the lies and strike back each in their own way each to the other’s detriment And the last half of the book moves towards the outcome of that decisionI was left wondering that if cell phones were ubiuitous then as they are today much of the plot of this novel would have had to be re worked and even the outcome may have been different And whether in Michael Dillon’s day those who looked terrorism in the eye had much of a chance for global media attention as the Malala Yousafzai’s of today have? Moore’s conclusion also points to why he gave up on his native country adopted Canadian citizenship and lived abroad for the rest of his life


  7. says:

    First published in 1990 Lies of Silence is one of those novels I’ve been meaning to read for a long time I’ve had this little Bloomsbury Classic edition in my TBR pile for years so when I was casting about for something uick and compelling to read it seemed like a good fit I wasn’t wrong From the first word this is the kind of gripping read that makes your pulse raceSet during the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland it thrusts one man into a moral uandary on the day he plans to tell his wife he’s leaving her for another much younger woman the IRA orders him to park a car in the car park of the Belfast hotel he manages Without knowing the specifics he believes the vehicle contains a bomb But if he refuses to carry out the task his wife who has been taken captive will be murdered; if he does what he’s told hundreds of hotels guests will be killed by the ensuing explosion Whichever course of action he takes there will be far reaching and deadly repercussionsIn this intelligent well paced novel we see the themes of sacrifice love religion and war play out on a relatively small canvas It is not your average psychological thriller Yes it’s a real page turner but the prose style almost old fashioned with an undercurrent of menace to it lends it a literary feel I loved it


  8. says:

    Lies of Silence is very much a book of its time In 1990 the Troubles in Ireland were very much part of daily life and daily news Brian Moore's central theme revolves around personal conscience personal dilemma personal conflicting interests; this is a universal uandary which can be applied to many of us in a variety of circumstances The Northern Ireland backdrop though is uniue Moore captures the atmosphere in Belfast in 1990 perfectlySectarian conflict a Catholic would never get a job if a Protestant was up for it 101Political paralysis Lies told over the years to poor Protestant working people lies told to poor Catholic working peoplelies at funerals and orations and above all lies of silence from those in Westminster who did not want to face the injustices of Ulster's status uo 49I read this book as part of The Mookse and The Gripes group revisit of the 1990 Booker shortlistIt's fascinating to revisit previous writing eras collectively and the 1980 list featured No Country for Young Men; also a parable of the times in IrelandAgainst such a backdrop I think that Lies of Silence is an excellent read and makes me deeply thoughtful about recent history and the nature of religion and peoples commitments to causes that feel and look very different looking backwards in time


  9. says:

    An interesting fast paced plot twisting concise short read about the conseuences of an IRA action in Belfast in the 1980s? Michael Dillon and his wife Moira are taken prisoners in their house in the early hours of the morning Michael is ordered by the IRA to park his car with a bomb attached outside the Belfast Hotel that Michael is the manager of His wife is held hostage Michael is informed that if he doesn’t do exactly as ordered his wife would be killed Added to this is Michael’s adulterous affair with Canadian journalist Andrea and Michael’s neurotic wife Moira This book was shortlisted for the 1990 Booker Prize


  10. says:

    What a load of garbage The characters were shallow and two dimentional the setting and atmosphere was dull as dishwater and by the time I put this book down I was seriously depressedAnd the worst part I had to finish it as it was part of my comparative study course in EnglishAnyone with a choice should run for the hills before picking this one up