Fools of Fortune

Fools of Fortune

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by William Trevor
     
 

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Penguin Classics is proud to welcome William Trevor—"Ireland’s answer to Chekhov" (The Boston Globe) and "one of the best writers of our era" (The Washington Post)—to our distinguished list of literary masters. In this award-winning novel, an informer’s body is found on the estate of a wealthy Irish family shortly after the

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Penguin Classics is proud to welcome William Trevor—"Ireland’s answer to Chekhov" (The Boston Globe) and "one of the best writers of our era" (The Washington Post)—to our distinguished list of literary masters. In this award-winning novel, an informer’s body is found on the estate of a wealthy Irish family shortly after the First World War, and an appalling cycle of revenge is set in motion. Led by a zealous sergeant, the Black and Tans set fire to the family home, and only young Willie and his mother escape alive. Fatherless, Willie grows into manhood while his alcoholic mother’s bitter resentment festers. And though he finds love, Willie is unable to leave the terrible injuries of the past behind.

  • First time in Penguin Classics

  • Winner of the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"William Trevor at his best." —The New York Times

"Arresting, powerful, and indelible. A story of courage and love... as tender and wistful as an Irish lament." —The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143039624
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/25/2006
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
619,262
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"William Trevor at his best." —The New York Times

"Arresting, powerful, and indelible. A story of courage and love... as tender and wistful as an Irish lament." —The Washington Post

Meet the Author

William Trevor is the author of twenty-nine books, including Felicia’s Journey, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and was made into a motion picture. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Lannan Award for Fiction. In 2001, he won the Irish Times Literature Prize for fiction. Two of his books were chosen by The New York Times as best books of the year, and his short stories appear regularly in the New Yorker. In 1997, he was named Honorary Commander of the British Empire. He lives in Devon, England.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Devon, England
Date of Birth:
May 24, 1928
Place of Birth:
Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland
Education:
Trinity College, Dublin, 1950

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Fools of Fortune 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bibliofilo More than 1 year ago
Although this is not Trevor's best novel, it is well written and analyzes very well the pathos of the era. If one is interested in literature that deals with the local mores in general or with Irish culture in particular, this is a book to have.