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The Blackwater Lightship - Community Reviews back

by Colm Tóibín
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 5 years ago
bookshelves: paper-read, britain-ireland, published-1999, booker-shortlist, lit-richer, spring-2015, tbr-busting-2015, one-penny-wonder, impac-longlist, donegal, dublin, wexford Read from October 29, 2014 to March 27, 2015 <- my coverDescription: It is Ireland in the early 1990s. Helen, her mo...
Overdue
Overdue rated it 6 years ago
The Blackwater Lightship came highly recommended to me. I'm not sure why. It is the story of three generations of angry women. They are cold and hard on the outside. On the inside they are seething. If you go even deeper, they are loving mothers.In contrast, the Irish men are loving, playful, nurtur...
tmwstw
tmwstw rated it 7 years ago
It is very difficult to find fault with a book like this. The writing is beautiful, being elegant, restrained, sparse and poetic all at once. In fact Colm Toibin says more in one of his perfectly formed precise sentences, than most other authors can say in whole paragraphs. This is the story of a fa...
wealhtheow
wealhtheow rated it 8 years ago
Helen lives a predictable, pleasant life, until suddenly a stranger turns up and tells her that her brother is sick--is, in fact, dying of AIDS in a nearby hospital. Declan wants to stay in their grandmother's cottage while he recuperates from his latest hospital stay. His sister, mother, and gran...
lizpatanders
lizpatanders rated it 10 years ago
The Blackwater Lightship is a story that any reader can relate to. This is my first book by Colm Toibin and I definitely plan on checking out more by him. I've come out of this book not only feeling impressed, but as though I know the characters.Toibin creates a solid plot which feels realistic an...
Dem
Dem rated it 51 years ago
This is a nice easy read but did not find it a page turner. I felt the story was flat in places and I lost interest quite a few times and was glad it was a short read.
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