I managed to get to page 40 then gave up! Warning - do not read this book if you are grieving or depressed! I would put it on my Leave on the Shelf list. There is far too much gloom and doom - I certainly hope that it is not autobiographical! However I did enjoy her novel The Forgotten Waltz.
Veronica's brother has just died tragically, and as her very large, widespread family is preparing to gather for his funeral, she reflects on sinister and far-reaching events that occurred many years ago. I tried and tried, but simply could not get into this book. The narrator's stream-of-consciousness storytelling style was not my cup of tea, and I couldn't wait to be finished.
Haunting family story of loss and suffering.
The writing is beautiful. The Irish subject matter is as miserably grim as Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes.Anne Enright's fiction is a far cry from Maeve Binchy's.
An Irish woman in her late thirties finds her life coming unglued as her family (originally twelve siblings) gathers for her brother’s wake. The insights into family relationships and Veronica’s memories of her past are psychologically complex and make the story darkly compelling.
All large families have similar issues (or maybe all families.)
“It is time to call an end to romance and just say what happened in Ada’s house, the year that I was eight and Liam was barely nine.” This sentence comes on page 142 and it is about frigging time. A beautiful book about childhood memories, but sooooo draggy.
Reading this book was like living a nightmare of death, sex, and family. It is very well written, but disturbing and took me back to many places that I'd rather not remember. Read it only if you're not in grief or depressed.
I wasn't in the mood for the subject matter of the book. But, the quality of the writing trumped my mood. Enright's vision is layered and deep. It has a certain Irish claustrophobia and with that a real understanding of family psychology. It's worth entering her world. She writes like it's something she "has" to do.
Well done. Some very funny lines among the sad.
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