The Banyan Tree

The Banyan Tree

by Christopher Nolan
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The Banyan Tree by Christopher Nolan

Covering the eighty-plus years of the life of Minnie O’Brien, The Banyan Tree is a rich saga of rural Ireland in the twentieth century. In prose as lushly layered as the land it describes, Nolan lovingly details the triumphs and tragedies of this spirited woman, who struggles to keep body and soul, as well as her modest hopes, alive. While her three grown children have long since moved away, she is determined to keep her family’s farm from the tightening grip of her unscrupulous neighbor, in the hope that one day her youngest will return to claim what is rightfully his. Weaving from the gentle world of Minnie’s youth to the harder realities of the present, this sage and soulful story pays homage to a feisty individual spirit as well as a rich collective past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385720687
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/12/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Christopher Nolan is also the author of Under the Eye of the Clock, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. He died in 2009.

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The Banyan Tree 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is unbearably clever. He spends so much time trying to make each sentence lyrical or alliterative that they frequently make no sense. Obviously not a fan of Hemingway and the simple sentence. It was tortuous to try to read and I gave up several pages in. I guess don't get the point of this style of writing - to try to impress the reader with your skills? A clear, simple , beautifully constructed sentence is more impressive in my book. This was annoying.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book, I have read it several times thrugh the years and always come away with a new outlook. To read and understand this book is to understand how a women thinks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was beautiful in words and in deeds. The language is meandering and must be carefully followed until the idea flows to you thru the words. You will know soon enough if you enjoy this journey of a family in rural Ireland. I will leave it to you to like or reject...a constant memory will be the reference to clocks...I could 'hear' the silence of this place with the ticking clock. I made sure to find a clock for welcome in a silent house.