The News from Ireland and Other Stories

The News from Ireland and Other Stories

by William Trevor
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Trevor, whose recent books include Fools of Fortune and A Writer's Ireland, adds to his formidable reputation with this fine collection. The stories here depict ordinary people in mundane situations, but the author's insight into the human condition, coupled with his clean, spare prose, makes these characters and their predicaments vibrant and memorable. The title story tells of a young English woman who arrives in Ireland in 1847 to be governess in the home of the Protestant Pulvertaft family, whose estate is being restored to its former glory while the potato famine ravages the rest of the country. The governess agonizes over several moral questions, and over a decision that will change her life. Set in London, Venice, Florence and rural Ireland, these 12 tales have a quiet but resonating power that tug at the heart. (May 12)
Library Journal - Library Journal
These richly detailed dramas of small actions with large consequences will enhance any general fiction collection. These are stories of lost love, hope, and innocence, turning on a misinterpreted phrase or a misplaced handbag. Friendships split as revenge is taken on a Joycean scholar or is exacted by a lexicographer's daughter, in both cases destroying a life's work. The impossible love of two young girls for a dying boy becomes the wedge that leaves them passing strangerstourists, as many here, in their own lives. The stories are set in Ireland, England, and Italy; and the ``news'' from every quarter seems to be that no one escapes the evocative powers of memory, no one the past. Peter Bricklebank, English Dept., City Coll., CUNY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140088571
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/06/1987
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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