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In the Forest, set in the west of Ireland, is the story of a young man who shoots dead three people in a forest glade. The young man, Mich O'Kane, is 'not all there in the head' as one character puts it. By puberty he is already committing petty crimes, ending up in borstal. By the time he is back home he has also served time in a British jail and is an institutionalised criminal. His sexual fantasies — revolving around women in the village — eventually centre on Eily, an artist and single mother, who lives with ...
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Overview

In the Forest, set in the west of Ireland, is the story of a young man who shoots dead three people in a forest glade. The young man, Mich O'Kane, is 'not all there in the head' as one character puts it. By puberty he is already committing petty crimes, ending up in borstal. By the time he is back home he has also served time in a British jail and is an institutionalised criminal. His sexual fantasies — revolving around women in the village — eventually centre on Eily, an artist and single mother, who lives with her son Maddie. One day Mich pounces, and orders Eily to drive them to the woods nearby...
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" Short, stark and eloquent. . .[Her] sentient, sonorous prose makes both O'Kane's inner world and his environment nearly palpable." Publishers Weekly

"A brilliant illumination of human nature."—Brad Hooper Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"IN THE FOREST is a rather extraordinary transformation of cold fact into lyric fiction."—Melanie Rehak Vogue

"O'Brien is a Romantic, intuitive and poetic, who seldom stoops to prosaic questions. . .IN THE FOREST succeeds remarkably."—Brooke Allen Atlantic Monthly

"At once rich and chilling: one of O'Brien's darkest, most accomplished works in years." Kirkus Reviews

"IN THE FOREST is a portrait of desolation and rage, brilliantly told, truly shocking."—Harold Pinter

"With masterstrokes of psychological insight and narrative bravado, O'Brien has created monstrous character. . ."—Lisa Shea Elle

"Edna O'Brien is an absolutely gorgeous writer. . ."—Carolyn See The Washington Post

"A bleak, despairing, almost unbearably powerful book. . ."—Margaria Fichtner The Miami Herald

"It's pure Edna O'Brien, who can take the verdant promises of the West of Ireland and render them sensual, paralyzing, and dangerous, sometimes all at once."—Gail Caldwell Boston Globe

". . .[B]reathtakingly told in O'Brien's typically graceful, emotionally gripping style."—Charlotte Innes The Los Angeles Times

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"Her best book, and a modern masterpiece. . ."—Eoghan Harris, The Independent (Dublin)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786257287
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

EDNA O’BRIEN is the author of eighteen works of fiction, including the New York Times Notable Books and Book Sense picks Wild Decembers and In the Forest, and Lantern Slides, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2002 she won the National Medal for Fiction from the National Arts Club. An honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, O’Brien was born and grew up in Ireland and has lived in London for many years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2004

    distant fragmentation

    Some powerful scenes diluted by fragmentary presentation and an array of barely defined characters makes this, on the whole, quite uninvolving.

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