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by Colm Tóibín
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LeahSL
LeahSL rated it 7 years ago
Too lazy to check on chronology/influences, but either Colm Toibin is Ireland's Ethan Canin or Ethan Canin is America's Colm Toibin.Not in a derivative and negative way. They just remind me of each other: the style, the themes, the motifs (motives? surely not), the structuring of the stories. Very...
jennifer mills
jennifer mills rated it 8 years ago
I love Tóibín's sensitivity and attention to detail. These stories ache.
nbarman
nbarman rated it 8 years ago
I really liked this book. Toibin writes in a sparse, quiet fashion but it hits home. The last story, "The Street" was absolutely beautiful. Toibin's portrayal of Pakistani immigrant men living in Madrid was spot on. Reading it was so authentic that I would have mistaken Toibin for being a South Asia...
Austen to Zafón
Austen to Zafón rated it 8 years ago
I read one Toibin novel, which I loved (The Master) and one volume of short stories which I liked (Mothers and Sons). This volume of short stories about alienation amongst family members was, on the whole, disappointing. The few gems were Silence, The Pearl Fishers, and The Colour of Shadows. While ...
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