Joel Thomas Hynes
We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night
August 25, 2019 Comments.. 359
We ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night A blackly comic and heart rending odyssey by the inimitable author of Down to the DirtScrappy tough guy and three time loser Johnny Keough is going a little stir crazy awaiting trial for an alleged as

  • Title: We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night
  • Author: Joel Thomas Hynes
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  • Page: 117
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  • A blackly comic and heart rending odyssey by the inimitable author of Down to the DirtScrappy tough guy and three time loser Johnny Keough is going a little stir crazy awaiting trial for an alleged assault charge involving his girlfriend, Madonna, and a teapot Facing three to five years in a maximum security prison, Johnny knows this might just be the end of the road ButA blackly comic and heart rending odyssey by the inimitable author of Down to the DirtScrappy tough guy and three time loser Johnny Keough is going a little stir crazy awaiting trial for an alleged assault charge involving his girlfriend, Madonna, and a teapot Facing three to five years in a maximum security prison, Johnny knows this might just be the end of the road But when Madonna doesn t show up for court due to a fatal accident, shell shocked Johnny seizes his unexpected clean slate as a sign from above and embarks on an epic hitchhiking journey across Canada to deliver her ashes to a fabled beach on the outskirts of Vancouver.Johnny s wanderings see him propelled in and out of the driver s seat of stolen cars, knocking heads with cagey cops, nearly decapitated by a moose, coming face to face with his incarcerated biological father in a Kingston jail, and finding surprising connections with strangers on the lonely road west But most of all, he revisits the choices and mistakes of his past his relationships with his adoptive father and a cousin who meant the world to him, and his first real chance at love with the woman who is now lost to him.We ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night is the story of one man s kicking and screaming attempt to recuperate from a life of petty crime and shattered relationships, and somehow accept and maybe even like the new man emerging from within, the one he so desperately needs to become.

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    1. Krista says:

      Mumble mumble down there. Some sorta big talk to his wife or his girlfriend. An oath, a curse. Talkin about Johnny, gotta be. Big talk, nothin he'd say to Johnny's face. Role-playing. Shag this. Johnny's down the stairs and out the front hall to the door. He dont even bother to put on the sneakers cause he's not gonna be using his feet. You gotta be able to dance, dance, dance whenever the mood takes you. That's the rule, that's the law. Johnny gives the knuckles a good scrape across the panelli [...]

    2. Naomi says:

      A Giveaway. The first few pages (or even chapters) might put you off, but stick with it. Behind all that anger and profanity is a powerfully told story.

    3. David says:

      Johnny Keough is awful. I wouldn't last 10 minutes in a room with him. But somehow, Joel Thomas Hynes makes me care about this man and wish him well. A superb narrative.

    4. Djj says:

      Full disclosure, the author is a friend of a friend and I bought the book at a book signing. I always worry with art made by people I know. Will I have to complement the font to find something nice to say?Happily, Mr. Hynes has given us a superbly written story about Johnny, a down and out Newfoundlander who travels across Canada to, let's say (to avoid spoilers), help a friend and deal with some family issues. Johnny narrates the story in an inner monologue. His thoughts are both profane and ly [...]

    5. Penny (Literary Hoarders) says:

      How interested am I truly in reading this? A man gets off from an assault charge only because his girlfriend dies - so he hitchhikes across Canada with his now "clean slate". Hmmmm -- have feelings about that, can I put them aside - do I need to put them aside when I could spend more time reading the other titles that made the 2017 Giller Longlist? We'll just leave it at me not trying to hard to get my hands on this one and maybe only if it makes the shortlist. :-) (interesting book to make the [...]

    6. Joe Beaton says:

      Joel Thomas Hynes does a fantastic job portraying Johnny Keough as a low life miserable prick. By all outward appearances there’s been nothing on the protagonist’s mind but swilling, drugging and fornicating since he was twelve years old. The lifestyle has resulted in violence both by and against him, stints in prison, and even being hailed as an unlikely hero for helping an elderly couple escape a house fire. All this before he hightails it from Newfoundland with an urn of his dead girlfrie [...]

    7. Sue Smith says:

      Lordy, this was depressing.Don't get me wrong - it was an very interesting look at the inner workings of a young man that has had very little going for him from the get go, (and I mean very little -zero- zippo - zilch- nadda) and yet his heart is rock solid when it's in the right place, even though it seems beyond comprehension that he could ever have a good heart. Johnny Keough is one messed up young man with a world of hurt on his shoulders (seemingly self-induced) and an extra load waiting do [...]

    8. Doug Lewars says:

      *** Possible Spoilers ***They say that the first five pages of a book are the most important. I don't entirely agree with that but this book was 247 pages; so say 20% - which in this case would be 49 pages should be sufficient to obtain a pretty fair assessment. I should have stopped reading then. Frankly, I should have stopped at page one because in this case, the very first page defines the story nicely. Nevertheless, I read the reviews and they suggested that if one keeps reading, the book ge [...]

    9. Shannon says:

      Wow, this was a tough read for a variety of reasons but I'm glad I stuck it through. It took me a long time to figure out what this book was even about, who we were following (including if it was only one person), and what was going on. This is mostly due to the protagonist, Johnny, referring to himself in the third person. Also, no quotation marks are used, so understanding the dialogue was challenging. At some point I found the rhythm of things, and was able to understand Johnny, but it took a [...]

    10. Zoom says:

      Brilliant book. If you can get past all the things you don't like about Johnny, you'll be rewarded by the kindling of your empathy. Johnny's the epitome of the underdog. He's like the stubborn little weed that grows in the town dump. You know how some people are born on 3rd base and think they hit a triple? Johnny struck out before he was even born, and things went downhill from there. Just when you think he's hit rock bottom, someone digs a hole and he stumbles in. Even when he gets lucky, it a [...]

    11. Anna-Lisa Ciccocioppo says:

      This was a book unlike any others I've read it took a bit to get used to the writing style and the somewhat frenetic nature of the character and his voice. I think it would be interesting to re-read this in one sitting I read it over many sittings.

    12. Linda says:

      Gritty as cremains, this novel takes you to places you've never been. As a hostage.

    13. Jennifer Kelland Perry says:

      How Joel Thomas Hynes makes me care about an antihero like Johnny Keough is what made this novel so satisfying. An original and addictive read. “Prolly” be on my mind for a while!

    14. Trudy says:

      Are there more than five stars?

    15. Maggie Muggins says:

      We have all seen them. People down on their luck, career criminals, born into a life where nothing much was expected but to be a mess. Johnny Keough is a stereotypical “skeet” on a hilarious, quirky and bone breaking journey across the country to fulfill his dead girlfriends last will and testament. In real life you would walk across the street to avoid a character like Johnny but Joel Thomas Hynes makes him a likeable if not pitiful character. The Rowdyman for the truly shameless.

    16. Beth Richmond says:

      What a writer! So talented! This was one of those books where you can't stop reading but you're afraid to look. It was heart wrenching, funny, thought-provoking and illuminating. I both loved and feared the hero and was left with a deeper awareness that we never know what path another has had to walk. I look forward to reading more from this talented and fearless writer.

    17. Spaka Eon says:

      I read other novels by Joel Hynes and I liked this one the most. The main character Johnny changes in reader’s eyes as novel goes. There was always something happening to kept the interest of what’s next. Hints, little mysteries and chuckles along the way. (view spoiler)[By the time Johnny seemed like a good guy and likable fellow: he gets to meet his biological father – boom, beaten by a gang of teenage girls – another boom! As sad as his life was most of the time I was actually happy f [...]

    18. Cathy Regular says:

      5.0/5.0Hidden Gems:Sure I'm after tellin that many lies I don't know my own self what's true and what's not.Fucken hell. I don't feel the same. I feels, I don't know, less dead. Not as dead. But deader, all the same. It's complicated.I mean, I wants to kill the pain and maybe get a little buzz, but I hardly wants to fucken paralyze myself, not unless I got a good safe place to lie down for a while.And it's one thing knowing nothing, but it's another thing altogether when you don't know that you [...]

    19. Julia says:

      It took me a bit of time to get used to the main character, and to actually see to his good points (he's a rather rotten guy, mostly, at first), but once I got into it, I really loved this book. Actually, it's nice, really, to see a character that is soflawed. It makes him more human, and realt like a one-dimensional character, but a fleshed-out, flawed, awful, wonderful person (ha! kind of like real people, actually). Enjoyed the pace of the plot, and the narrative, and the good writing. But, m [...]

    20. Daniel Kukwa says:

      I hung in until the very end.ough it nearly reduced my consciousness to mush. There's a great story in herebut it's all but smothered by a rambling vernacular writing style so dense and impenetrable that it stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury" as a book that exists to torment me. At least I fathomed what was occurring throughout this storywhich is a step up from Faulkner.

    21. donna_ehm says:

      A comparison to Irvine Welsh and the dark, gritty, profane world of Trainspotting is a very accurate one for this novel. It will drag you through the dirt of that world and there will be no happy redemption at the end. It's natural to resist that pull at first but I stuck with it and, almost against my will, I found myself drawn into the consciousness (and sub-consciousness) of the troubled main character, Johnny Keough. Make no mistake: he's a right bastard but it's worth something that I did f [...]

    22. Anne says:

      Reading "We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night" is like being tethered (wanted or not) to an out of control roller coaster. This is Johnny Keough's life told in his own words although Johnny manages to set himself outside of the events of his life by recreating himself as a third person narrator. It's almost as if he has to separate himself from his own misbegotten actions in order to understand why he continues to do them. In an almost stream of consciousness prose, Johnny takes us into the [...]

    23. Amanda says:

      i've read and loved all of Joel Thomas Hynes' fiction, his poetry and God Help Thee: A Manifesto. this one is another unputdownable masterpiece and i'm not surprised it won the GG for fiction this year. i always feel bad and yet fall for the main characters of Hynes' novels: troubled men in troubled circumstances. Hynes has excellent timing, the way he draws out this story about a man escaping from his circumstances in Newfoundland, trying to get to Vancouver and being totally messed up in the p [...]

    24. Liz Graham says:

      You like the skeets in St. Jude Without? Well, notch them up X 100 and you have Newfoundland's answer to Trainspotting. Hynes creates Johnny, the druggiest, skeetiest skeet - the one you don't talk to in the Tim Horton's line-up, and definitely avoid on George Street on Friday night! But through the stream of semi-consciousness that is Johnny's mind, Hynes paints the whole picture of the child that became the man. It's a too-common story in our society, and it will break your heart. Yeah, I crie [...]

    25. Anne says:

      I wasn't sure what I would think of this book when I started it. The violent, vulgar train-of-thought is tough to get into, but once the book picks up momentum it is hard to put down. You really see Johnny through his faults, and just hope so hard that this one time life doesn't kick him in the ass. You turn each page hoping for him to turn his life around, to get a good break, to make peace with the world or himself, and seeing Johnny fight his way across the country resulted in a story I won't [...]

    26. Jennifer White says:

      No doubt, this is a difficult book to read. Stream of consciousness is tough in the best of circumstances, but when your protagonist is as damaged as our man, Johnny, it’s even more challenging. It’s a rough ride, but one that is fraught with emotion, and you can’t help rooting for Johnny - even though in real life, you’d likely be crossing over to the other side of the street when you saw him coming. Overall, this is an intricate peek into the darkness, chronicled as an odyssey. Don’t [...]

    27. Deodand says:

      I liked this much more than the book that won the Giller Prize. It's rough and ready, like a Canadian Trainspotting. Hynes deftly keeps the anti-hero from becoming a completely irredeemable shit.I didn't get to finish this because I borrowed it from the library and it has a huge wait list. I should not have been so lazy!

    28. bobbi says:

      Capsule Review: Someone [Cliff Jackman?] already made the comparison to Irvine Welsh and Trainspotting - so it is what you imagine: dark & dirty & rotten & full of the barest most base regret; illuminated by moments with Johnny's sister/mother Tanya, Johnny's tainted memories of his girlfriend, Madonna - and my favourite: the brief section with penitent Jerome. Winner of the 2017 GG's for fiction.

    29. Sarah Reicker says:

      I appreciate the harsh maritime language and the way the author captures the dirty side of Newfoundland. Any book that can be real is going to win points with me. That being said, I didn't really connect with the central character who in the end doesn't get the redemption I was hoping for. The story was interesting and there WERE a few moments where I did feel some compassion for Johnny, but overall there wasn't that much of a compelling story arc.

    30. Deb Storey says:

      Fabulously written book, it made me think of a combination of Trainspotting and Catcher in the Rye. The main character, who has never had much of a chance in life, is a terrible loser who is very difficult to like. I wasn't sorry I read it but I can't honestly think of anyone I would recommend this book to. I will never be able to look at a hot tub in quite the same way again.

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