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Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 11 months ago
I wasn't planning to write a review of this book, but since I already voiced off in a PM, I might as well copy my thoughts into a post after all. Long story short, I'm finding, once again, that a combination of art- and purposefully deconstructed speach and a virtually plotless description of drab...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 12 months ago
I have always had a spot of obsession with the Matter of Troy. Michael Wood's In Search of the Trojan War was the first adult program I was allowed to stay up and watch. So say connect something to Troy and I am there like white on rice (except I prefer brown rice unless I am making risotto. But ...
runner rated it 1 year ago
An elderly judge Eamon Redmond lives with his wife Carmel and travels to the fair city of Dublin everyday to fulfill his high court role. A quiet, thoughtful, deeply intellectual man Eamon often reflects on his life in the present and moments of his childhood that helped shape and create the person ...
Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog
Blah, Blah, Blah, Book Blog rated it 1 year ago
When I saw this book on NetGalley, I chose it because I read Brooklyn and Nora Webster; but this book was something else entirely. A retelling of the story of Clytemnestra, this isn't something I would normally go for, but I live in a house with Greek mythology fans, and they are obviously starting ...
Pippin & The Book Next Door
Pippin & The Book Next Door rated it 2 years ago
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...
All about me
All about me rated it 3 years ago
An interesting take on a very old story. By focussing on Orestes more closely, Toibin teased out themes such as karma, regret and redemption.In the absence of the gods, the tragic trajectory of the story is all too human. And like all stories of this nature, it is hard to identify at which point the...
Thewanderingjew rated it 3 years ago
House of Names, Colm Toibin, author; Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson, Pippa Nixon, narratorsI really enjoyed the narration of this short novel about a famous Greek myth. In order to retain power and success in battle, Agamemnon has arranged for the murder of his own first born daughter, Iphigenia, t...
Autumn Lupin Books
Autumn Lupin Books rated it 3 years ago
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 4 years ago
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
Carissa Green Reads rated it 4 years ago
"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...
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