The Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue

The Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue

by Edna O'Brien


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ISBN-13: 9780452263949
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1987
Series: The Country Girls Trilogy
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 7.96(h) x 1.18(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)

About the Author

Edna O’Brien is the author of more than twenty-five books, including, most recently, The Little Red Chairs. Born in County Clare, Ireland, she now lives in London.

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“It’s a difficult trip, this coming of age.... O’Brien tells it with love and outrage, compassion and contempt.”
—Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Astonishing! Edna O’Brien is supremely talented.”
The Nation

—New York Times Book Review

“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. . . . O’Brien’s particular appeal is that she can be tender yet merciless, romantic yet grittily sexual. She resides admirably where quality and popular writing intersect.”

“A UNIVERSAL STORY. . . . The spirit of youth, the search for love and the despair from disappointments come through clearly. . . . O’Brien’s sensitivity reaches into the very depths of these young

“MAGNIFICENT, EXUBERANT. . . as vivid as autobiography. . . rich, perfect. . . a strange brew of ecstatic abandon and morning-after sorrow.”
The Village Voice

“MAGICAL. . . two of the most wonderful heroines in modern fiction. . . impulsively romantic as it is resigned and wise.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

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The Country Girls Trilogy and Epilogue 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
NarelleJ on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A good old fashion read.
rainpebble on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The Country Girls Trilogy: (the omnibus includes The Country Girls, The Lonely Girl entitled also Girl with Green Eyes, Girls in Their Married Bliss and the Epilogue) by Edna O'Brien; was banned in Ireland.My thoughts & comments:Two girls, Caithleen & Baba are childhood friends in Ireland. This is a coming of age story that goes through the early and mid years of their lives. They attend public school and then of course the Catholic School run by the nuns, getting into all manner of trouble. Finally they are turned out of the Catholic School. Baba's family has money and there is no drunkenness nor violence at home. Caithleen's family, or Kate's, as she comes to be called is poor and full of both.The girls end up going to Dublin where Baba attends school and Kate finds work. Baba is the leader and Kate the follower. Baba loves to party and flirt with all men while Kate is more inclined to sit back and observe. Baba is also very worldly while Kate is pretty naive and an innocent. But when she falls for a man this part of her life becomes her all and she pours everything she has into the relationship, be it right or wrong. The men she falls for seem to all be married as well.Kate's love life and marriage do not work out well at all. One thinks that it is going to work out after all that Kate goes through to get there but she just doesn't seem to have it in her to do and say what is best for herself.In the meantime Baba is having fun and when she marries it is not for love but for money and security. She continues to have her fun on the side.The story is told in the first person narrative of Kate for the first two parts and the third part along with the epilogue is told in the first person narrative of Baba. I didn't understand why the switch until the end and then it made sense.I had mixed emotions about this book until I was about a fourth of the way into it and it hit me how brilliantly the story was being told. Everything in this book is told so simply and as I read I realized: I know someone like that or: I have done/said that. I think the book is much better than it is touted to be and I gave it 4 stars.~belva
efoltz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first book or section best. The trilogy and epilogue follows two Irish girls from adolescence to menopause. Most of the book is about the girls' relationship and their relationships with men. At times, their families make an appearance to pass judgement. They tend to pick men who are wrong for them to get involved with. The story is based when telephones are first being put into houses. Towards the end, I was tired of reading it and ready to be done.