The shadowy figure of the dancer reappears while his son, The Gambler of the title, struggles through to early manhood. The nerve ends of the city and its inhabitants are exposed with breadth and vigour and psychological acuity. At once disquieting and deeply resonant, the desperate plight of these characters creates a vivid sense of time and place, where the tortuous forces of life are brought down to bear on this Dublin family. In The Gambler a powerful creative imagination is at work.
This haunting novel, the second of the trilogy, is set for the most part in Dublin between the wars and is a disturbingly accurate picture of a family’s slow decline.
‘Some of the best Irish writing, this century or last.’
The Irish Independent.