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The Gathering

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Self-indulgent drivel

You would think that with eleven Irish brothers and sisters, the narrator would insert some lovely bits of humor to provide a touch of comic relief to this tale of a dysfunctional family, but the mood is unrelentingly morose (even Hamlet had the grave digger to make one...
You would think that with eleven Irish brothers and sisters, the narrator would insert some lovely bits of humor to provide a touch of comic relief to this tale of a dysfunctional family, but the mood is unrelentingly morose (even Hamlet had the grave digger to make one laugh). After about fifty pages, as the narrator engages in endless self-pitying analysis, she ceases to be a sympathetic character and becomes quite tiresome. I miss the good old novels where characters reacted to difficulties with strength and selflessness rather than impotence and self-absorption.

posted by Capitalist on July 15, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

The Gathering is one of the WORST books I have ever had the misfortune to read. I bought the book based upon the rave reviews on the back of the book and now will have trouble trusting reviews again. It is rambling, morose, and it goes nowhere, it

just goes and goes and goes and it is PAINFUL, it has no redeeming value at all. So, it is good as an example of what you do not want to visit. I like a good story, and this would NOT BE IT.

posted by MARYALICEMQ on March 20, 2010

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

    Serious Grieving

    This book is pure genius for those that are confused or in a state of transition in their lives. I picked up this book expecting one perspective and was thrown a completely different one. Throughout the book, details are given in such a random and non-sensical fashion that towards the end, the reader realizes the sparcity of concrete facts is just what the author intended. I will admit that towards the middle the story doesn't seem to end, but when it does, the meaning is so profound you find yourself falling just like the narrator. I would not recommend this to any one faint of heart or looking for an easy read. Enright, however, has delivered a most complex yet satisfying glimpse into on the darkest episodes on one woman's life.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2009

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    A Brilliant Piece of Writing

    At times I was overwhelmed with the depth of thought and observation that went into writing this novel. I found myself going back to certain sentences over and over again extracting new interpretations of what the author was saying. At times heartbreaking and brimming with anger, rarely does a book feel so real.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Excellent Read

    Look at editorial reviews - trust them.
    This book takes an intelligent reader who is willing to work. It is not an easy read on many levels, but so worth it. The author has intentionally used Veronica's narrative style to reveal her very human personality in addition to her actions and thoughts. Every detail has been planned. Although at times the content makes it difficult stay with her, Enright does an exquisite job of keeping the reader aware we're looking through Veronica's perspective.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2008

    Interesting and Unexpected

    I did judge this book by its cover, and bought it thinking it would be a quick, semi-deep read for my commute to and from work. It was so much more this novel is a step above the light easier reads of the commuter train. I was somewhat disappointed at first, that I had to concentrate on the story after a long day at work or after too short a sleep the night before, but the story captured me and I could not escape its grasp. I've never read agony and depression expressed so truthfully before. Ms. Enright shows how there can sometimes be no lines between anger and bliss, hate and love, confusion and enlightenment. To me these characters were as real as myself and my loved ones. The Gathering became more than a book, I felt as if I was listening to a friend pour her confused, depressed and temporarily psychotic heart out and all I could do was listen, I could provide no help. This story truly deserves top awards.

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