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Deryn Rees-Jones and Michael Murphy

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310737

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314476

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A Man from Elsewhere: The Liminal Presence of Liverpool in the Fiction of J.G. Farrell

A Man from Elsewhere: The Liminal Presence of Liverpool in the Fiction of J.G. Farrell

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(p.88) 5 A Man from Elsewhere: The Liminal Presence of Liverpool in the Fiction of J.G. Farrell
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Writing Liverpool
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Ralph Crane

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846314476.007

This chapter examines the life and work of James Gordon Farrell, who was born in Liverpool on 25 January 1935. Farrell was four years old when he and his family left Liverpool following the outbreak of the Second World War, and he never lived in Liverpool again. However, although his residential connection with Liverpool was brief, and despite the fact that Liverpool is not literally inscribed in his writing, a sense of himself as a man from elsewhere, a liminal position that is in line with being Liverpool-Irish, pervades his writing. Farrell's three major novels are Troubles (1970), The Siege of Krishnapur (1973), and The Singapore Grip (1978).

Keywords:   James Gordon Farrell, novelists, liminal position, Liverpool-Irish

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