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Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín
Brooklyn
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Colm Toibin's "Brooklyn" is a devastating story of love, loss and one woman's terrible choice between duty and personal freedom. It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New... show more
Colm Toibin's "Brooklyn" is a devastating story of love, loss and one woman's terrible choice between duty and personal freedom. It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time. Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma - a devastating choice between duty and one great love. "With this elating and humane novel, Colm Toibin has produced a masterwork". ("Sunday Times"). "The most compelling and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time". (Zoe Heller, "Guardian", Books of the Year). "A work of such skill, understatement and sly jewelled merriment could haunt your life". (Ali Smith, "TLS", Books of the Year). Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of five other novels, including "Brooklyn", "The Blackwater Lightship" and "The Master", both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and a collection of stories, "Mothers and Sons".
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141041742 (0141041749)
Pages no: 252
Edition language: English
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4.0 A Lovely Little Period Piece
Brooklyn garners a quiet kind of appreciation for its most powerful and subtle aspects. Character development stands out among them all, as Eilis changes through moments of life that never find themselves bogged down in drama or excessive artificial tension. With a few exceptions, the supp...
Autumn Lupin Books
Autumn Lupin Books rated it
3.0 Brooklyn
3.5 stars. While the book was sufficiently emotional to make me cry, I found writing bland, and the ending bland, and honestly the movie was better.
the reading chronicles
the reading chronicles rated it
5.0 Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn
Hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking, Colm Tóibín's sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War Two. Though skilled...
Carissa Green Reads
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5.0 Notes on Adaptation: Brooklyn
"Brooklyn" is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay on tonight's Academy Awards, and I am certainly excited about that. It was my favorite film of the year (although it won't win), and both the book and the adaptation were just, just perfect. The adaptation was completely faithful. The only chan...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
4.0 Review: Brooklyn
Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn is simple storytelling at its best. This is a novel which doesn't accomplish much. It doesn't woo or provoke; it doesn't spend long developing characters or wallowing in language. It's a plot-driven story that really focuses on the story. Normally, I'm not a big fan of plot-dr...
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