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Brooklyn - Colm Toibin

Paperback Published: 27th October 2015
ISBN: 9781743540107
Number Of Pages: 264

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Young Eilis Lacey dreams of life beyond the confines of her tiny Irish village, but unlike her beautiful sister, Rose, Eilis' gifts are of a more practical nature: she has a head for numbers, and is a loving and dutiful daughter. Yet her ambition cannot be hidden and soon is noted by the Parish Priest, Father Flood. Via a church contact, he arranges for Eilis to travel to America where a job opportunity has arisen in New York with a reputable "merchant of Italian origin".

Eilis finds lodgings in an eccentric boarding house and ekes out an existence in the cosmopolitan melting pot that is 1950s Brooklyn, impressing her employer, outwitting her landlady, and even falling in love. It seems her dream is truly becoming a reality. But then fate intervenes: a family crisis back home forces Eilis to make a choice between the past and the future, the old world and the new. Told with a masterful and elegant simplicity, Brooklyn is a sublime Trans-Atlantic coming-of-age story by one of Ireland's greatest living writers.

About the Author

Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of seven other novels including BlackwaterLightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, with The Master also winning the IMPAC Award, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. He lives in Dublin.

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LIGHT READ

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AN EASY READ. GIVES EXAMPLE OF LIFE IN EARLY IRELAND

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Lovely evocation of the past

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A lovely read that beautifully conjures up the immigrant's experience of being torn between two worlds.

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It's a quick to read love story, but without any impact. I need a book to take me on a ride that I don't want to get off. For me this story had none of that. I only finished reading it, because I kept hoping that somehow it might get better.

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Great easy read

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Really enjoyed reading this beautifully written novel- finished it in 2 days but I was sorry when I had as it was so good !!

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A wonderful story!

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This book was easy to read,developed the characters really well, depicted Ireland and Brooklyn in a sympathetic and accurate way and generally provided and entertaining and informative read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in history, cultures and anyone wanting a good story to njoy.

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ISBN: 9781743540107
ISBN-10: 1743540108
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 27th October 2015
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Type: Media tie-in

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