Review: 'Shadowplay,' by Joseph O'Connor
“Shadowplay” by Joseph O’Connor; Europa Editions (400 pages, $26)———In description, “Shadowplay” sounds like it’s all about plot but, in reality, it’s all about sentences so lush you could wrap them around you like a cloak. Joseph O’Connor’s novel involves (possibly gay?) Bram Stoker writing “Dracula,” Jack the Ripper striking repeatedly, Stoker and real-life acting legends Henry Irving and Ellen Terry trying to hold a Victorian-era theater together and several relationships unraveling.But “Shadowplay” lacks narrative momentum because O’Connor is more interested in crafting passages like this ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)