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Sex Anxiety in 1960s Ireland

She could be fiercely passionate in their love-making, clutching his face between her hands or forcing his head back with a masculine kiss. When he embraced her he would often feel her hands wild and cruel about his neck and hair.

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Everyday Life 1960s Ireland

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien - Book Review

This novel is both a tour de force, and one of the more difficult books to read.  The novel begins with the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Dr. 180 more words

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Edna O'Brien on the Last Banquet

“Literature is the last banquet between minds.”-Edna O’Brien


The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien

“Yes, the living, the mangled, the scarified, with the crazed responsibility of remembering everything, everything.”

My disclaimer is that I did not finish this book, I finished just over two-thirds. 306 more words


The Little Red Chairs

Edna O’Brien

First Sentence:     The town takes its name from the river.

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When a wanted war criminal from the Balkans, masquerading as a faith healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community are in thrall. 183 more words


Edna O'Brien: In the Forest


A boy, robbed off his mother’s love at the age of ten. Refusing to believe she is dead, clinging to the idea that she was buried alive while she was sleeping, digging a hole into the ground near her grave in order to speak to her. 970 more words


"The Little Red Chairs" by Edna O'Brien - review

When you start reading “The Little Red Chairs” you feel as if you’re embarking on a gentle tale of a small Irish community’s gradual enlightenment brought about by the arrival of an enigmatic stranger.  998 more words

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