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Down to the Dirt

Audiobook

Down to the Dirt is Joel Thomas Hynes' award-winning first novel. Told in the voices of various characters and from first and third-person perspectives, Down to the Dirt follows the hard-drinking, hard-living Keith Kavanagh from his sexual initiation with an older woman in the small community of his childhood to his Quixotic quest for meaning in the big city. Kavanagh is one of Canadian literature's most memorable and mesmerizing creations. He may appear hard as nails—a self-destructive hedonist, a dynamo of crackling energy and imminent violence—but at heart, he is (in the words of novelist Michael Crummey) “a troubled Holden Caulfield innocent" desperately searching for his place in a world that doesn't seem to want or need him. Hynes’ great achievement is in maintaining a convincing balance between tenderness and brutality as he guides the seemingly hopeless Kavanagh from one scene of comic chaos into another. Down to the Dirt is a lit fuse burning with anarchic energy. Originally published by Killick Press in 2004; reprinted by HarperCollins 2005.


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Publisher: Rattling Books Edition: Unabridged

OverDrive Listen audiobook

  • ISBN: 9780973758627
  • File size: 189300 KB
  • Release date: May 9, 2007
  • Duration: 06:34:22

MP3 audiobook

  • ISBN: 9780973758627
  • File size: 189647 KB
  • Release date: May 9, 2007
  • Duration: 06:34:22
  • Number of parts: 7

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Languages

English

Levels

Text Difficulty:6-12

Down to the Dirt is Joel Thomas Hynes' award-winning first novel. Told in the voices of various characters and from first and third-person perspectives, Down to the Dirt follows the hard-drinking, hard-living Keith Kavanagh from his sexual initiation with an older woman in the small community of his childhood to his Quixotic quest for meaning in the big city. Kavanagh is one of Canadian literature's most memorable and mesmerizing creations. He may appear hard as nails—a self-destructive hedonist, a dynamo of crackling energy and imminent violence—but at heart, he is (in the words of novelist Michael Crummey) “a troubled Holden Caulfield innocent" desperately searching for his place in a world that doesn't seem to want or need him. Hynes’ great achievement is in maintaining a convincing balance between tenderness and brutality as he guides the seemingly hopeless Kavanagh from one scene of comic chaos into another. Down to the Dirt is a lit fuse burning with anarchic energy. Originally published by Killick Press in 2004; reprinted by HarperCollins 2005.


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