The Heather Blazing: A Novel

The Heather Blazing: A Novel

by Colm Toibin

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Colm Tóibín’s second “lovely, understated” novel that “proceeds with stately grace” (The Washington Post Book World) about an uncompromising judge whose principles, when brought home to his own family, are tragic.

Eamon Redmond is a judge in Ireland’s high court, a completely legal creature who is just beginning to discover how painfully unconnected he is from other human beings. With effortless fluency, Colm Tóibín reconstructs the history of Eamon’s relationships—with his father, his first “girl,” his wife, and the children who barely know him—and he writes about Eamon’s affection for the Irish coast with such painterly skill that the land itself becomes a character. The result is a novel of stunning power, “seductive and absorbing” (USA Today).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476704470
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 447,961
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Colm Tóibín is the author of nine novels, including The Blackwater Lightship; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections, and Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, a look at three nineteenth-century Irish authors. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. Three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.


Dublin, Ireland

Date of Birth:

May 30, 1955

Place of Birth:

Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland


St. Peter's College, Wexford; University College, Dublin, B.A. in English and history

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The Heather Blazing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book showing the hand of a great writer. Our hero is a High Court Judge who is the law, casting a cold eye on life while the state struggles with terrorism, nationalism and the religious secular divide. Toibin brings us through this man to his very soul and we find most human emotions and a humbling but noble past. A great journey and an insight to another world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the protagonist, Eamon Redmond suffers the lack of a mother in his childhood and this follows him to his adulthood, where he is unable to get 'close' to female and male members of his own family. This book deals with the landscape of ireland and metaphorically implies that eamon's life is like that of the land: eroding. this is highly appropriate as the heather blazing was first published in 1994, a time when the peace process in n.ireland was crumbling. excellent.
akeela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This quiet novel is a man¿s compelling reflection on his life. Eamon Redmond is a 60-odd-year-old High Court judge in Dublin. He is married to Carmel, and they have a grown son and daughter. Each year, they spend their holidays at their vacation home in Cush, a remote village by the sea. It is set in Ireland so images of the weather abound, as do magnificent descriptions of the land and sea.Eamon spent his childhood holidays in Cush, so visits there evoke memories of times gone by. As he reminisces, a portrait of a man emerges. His mother died during childbirth,so he grew up with his father and together they led a comfortable existence. He recreates that kind of life with Carmel, where they do a lot for one another, and lead a peaceful, contented life. When Carmel has a stroke, he cares for her in the most touching way ¿ just as he cared for his father when he took ill, many years before. There were numerous poignant passages in the text.Tóibín is a hugely accomplished writer and his spare, understated prose speaks volumes. This was a well-crafted novel indeed.
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Me and you working together to save our clan.
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" we leave... now!" He slams the pedal to the floor and they zoomed to "car ride one" on the search to start thier journey.
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