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Not a Book Review: The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien

This isn’t a book review for the simple fact that I didn’t finish reading this book. About halfway through, the main character is the victim of an act of horrific violence and I just couldn’t continue. 475 more words

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Is Literature Degenerating?

Edna O’Brien details the merits of literature to come to the question of whether or not literature is currently dying out. While I do not think literature will ever be dead (the only exception I see being in an apocalypse where there are no longer beings that can create or read literature), I think it is evolving. 179 more words

Marigold Musings

Choose your mom's adventure: A novel Mother's Day quiz to help you find the perfect book to gift

Haven’t picked up a gift for mom yet? Worry not. We have five excellent works of fiction for you to choose from (bonus: books are easy to wrap). 1,267 more words


Essential Reading: April 2016

The long cold nights of winter have now passed as we usher in April and spring. There is a revitalizing spirit in the air that makes me want to read more books than I could handle. 905 more words


The Little Red Chairs

Fidelma McBride, a beautiful forty-year-old woman, lives in a small Irish village. Having experienced two miscarriages, she now feels trapped in a stale marriage to her faithful, much older husband. 567 more words


Edna O'Brien's "The Little Red Chairs"

Joyce Carol Oates reviews Edna O’Brien’s novel The Little Red Chairs in the New York Times Book Review:

But O’Brien is not interested in sensationalizing her material, and “The Little Red Chairs” is not a novel of suspense, still less a mystery or a thriller; it is something more challenging, a work of meditation and penance. 172 more words

Joyce Carol Oates

"abortive, monstrous or unkindly mixed"?

Looking at this face it is tempting to see dignity and compassion.

That is until you know that it is Radovan Karadžić, found guilty last week at the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague; found guilty of ten out of eleven counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and other atrocities during the Balkan conflict in the 1990s.   460 more words

Irish Literature