Winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize1919: After surviving the Great War, Major Brendan Archer makes his way to Ireland, hoping to discover whether he is indeed betrothed to Angela Spencer, whose Anglo-Irish family owns the once-aptly-named Majestic Hotel in Kilnalough. But his fiancée is ... show more
Winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize1919: After surviving the Great War, Major Brendan Archer makes his way to Ireland, hoping to discover whether he is indeed betrothed to Angela Spencer, whose Anglo-Irish family owns the once-aptly-named Majestic Hotel in Kilnalough. But his fiancée is strangely altered and her family's fortunes have suffered a spectacular decline. The hotel's hundreds of rooms are disintegrating on a grand scale; its few remaining guests thrive on rumors and games of whist; herds of cats have taken over the Imperial Bar and the upper stories; bamboo shoots threaten the foundations; and piglets frolic in the squash court. Meanwhile, the Major is captivated by the beautiful and bitter Sarah Devlin. As housekeeping disasters force him from room to room, outside the order of the British Empire also totters: there is unrest in the East, and in Ireland itself the mounting violence of "the troubles." Troubles is a hilarious and heartbreaking work by a modern master of the historical novel.
Publish date: 31-10-2002
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 459
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Irish Literature
Series: Empire Trilogy (#1)
Poor Major Brendan Archer has survived the Great War and sets off to Ireland to visit his mysterious fiancée, Angela, at the Majestic, the hotel owned by her family. Although he was sure that he had never actually proposed to Angela during the few days of their acquaintance, it was beyond doubt that...
Phenomenal! See my full review: http://www.bostonbibliophile.com/2011/03/review-troubles-by-jg-farrell.html
once again a good example on reading a book at the right timing. I'm glad I simply gave up on my first try and re-read it again after reading skippy dies. It gave me more interest to the Irish history and though I didn't actually understand all the fact still I was not completely blind & appreciate ...
The Major is recovering from shell shock after fighting in World War I. During the war, he gets engaged (or does he?) to Angela, an English woman living in Ireland. The Major goes to see his fiancee and finds himself in a strange world. Angela's father owns a large run-down hotel. At the same ti...
It's been two weeks since I finished this, and the majestic hotel is still haunting my dreams, so i'm changing my rating from 4 to 5 stars.