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November round-up

It seems that like all months this year November just raced by, maybe it’s for the best less time for thinking about the sorry state of world affairs…Reading-wise it was not a bad month, but it was actually only saved on Monday when I read two books in one day, that does not happen to me often when I’m not on vacation. 387 more words


The Country Girls - Edna O'Brien

The book tells a story of Caithleen Brady, it follows her from her early teens into early twenties, giving us a chance to see how she evolves form a child into a young woman. 407 more words


10 books on the International Dublin Literary Award longlist 2017

It’s that time of year again: the longlist for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, the world’s richest literary prize, has been announced.

There are 147 titles on the list — from all corners of the world — all of which have been nominated by librarians, making it a proper “readers’ prize”. 529 more words

10 Books

The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien

The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien opened my eyes to the power of teenage girls over silly old men.

The story is narrated by Caithleen Brady, a schoolgirl in a country village in Ireland during the 1960’s.  252 more words


Reading Ireland month...or a bit longer

As I mentioned before I brought some books from my trip to Ireland. I surely have not read enough of Irish literature, so this is my chance to catch up, I decided to focus on reading those books over the next month. 92 more words


The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien | Review

From Goodreads:

A woman discovers that the foreigner she thinks will redeem her life is a notorious war criminal.

Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. 261 more words

Women Writers

Country Girl

Edna O’Brien’s memoir is a marvelous read, a rich adventure from an extraordinary woman. What a life! She went to the movies with Jackie Kennedy, had a tryst with Robert Mitchum, conversations with Samuel Beckett, her palm was read by Shirley MacLaine, Paul McCartney sang to her young sons, priests burnt her novels, she wrote first hand accounts of The Troubles in Ireland, and had cocktails at the literary Algonquin Hotel in NYC between performances of her play. 219 more words

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