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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

TBR Thursday 78 - The People's Choice Begorrathon Special...

The People’s Choice 10… #begorrathon16

The TBR now stands at a terrifying 166! Between mammoth books, exciting blog posts all round the blogosphere, and my sudden enthusiasm for TV & movie-watching I’m getting nowhere fast with reading, and yet adding books to the TBR seems to be too easy, not helped by Amazon’s Kindle spring sale… 1,201 more words

Book Review

REVIEW: Saints & Sinners by Edna O'Brien

“She said the reason that love is so painful is that it always amounts to two people wanting more than two people can give.”

Edna O’Brien, …

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Three Irish Books You Should All Read & Three Books I Want To

Today is St Patrick’s Day and I thought it would be a nice idea to share some Irish books that I have loved with you all. 1,136 more words

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