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Albert Nobbs

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  374 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
Long out of print, George Moore's classic novella returns just in time for the major motion picture starring Glenn Close as a woman disguised as a man in nineteenth-century Ireland.Set in a posh hotel in nineteenth-century Dublin, Albert Nobbs is the story of an unassuming waiter hiding a shocking secret. Forced one night to share his bed with an out-of-town laborer, Alber ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 21st 2011 by Penguin Books (first published 1918)
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Nov 02, 2015 Siv30 rated it really liked it
סיפור מוזר על חיי אלברט, אישה שחייה כגבר מלצר בדבלין. אלברט בצעירותה זיהתה את הסכנה שבגברים לנערות צעירות, מוצאת דרך להתפרנס כמלצר גבר.

היא חייה בבדידות, לא כגבר לא כאישה כמשהו לא מוגדר, כשהפחד מהעוני רודף אותה. מפגש עם יוברט, אישה שגם היא התחפשה לגבר, הופך את עולמה ומוביל אותה לנסות לפרוץ את מגבלות חייה.

זה סיפור עצוב על חיים בבדידות מזהרת, ללא אהבה, ללא אחווה, ללא רעות. זה סיפור על כישלון לפרוץ את המסגרות ואת תנאי החיים והמוסכמות, על ניפוץ חלומות, משאלות ושאיפות. ולבסוף זה סיפור של חברה לא סבלנ
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it it was ok
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Jan 05, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
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Unusual period drama. To be able to lead an independent life, industrious but introverted Albert hides a secret from the world, especially his fellow staff at a Dublin hotel.
Jun 18, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic, 50-book-2012
I started reading Albert Nobbs when I stumbled upon it and recognized that it was cheap, short and a recent movie.

After reading the intro, a lovely one by Glenn Close (did you know she played Albert in NYC as one of her first characters ever?), I knew that I must read it.

Alfred is a girl who doesn't realize she has dreams. As head waiter at a prestigious restaurant she uses her secret identity as a man to grow a nice nest-egg for herself. She understands that it is this identity that enables her
Amina - أمينَة.
Oct 28, 2014 Amina - أمينَة. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-as-a-movie
ألبرت نوبس إمرأه تم الإعتداء عليها من قِبل 5 رجال , لينحرف طريقها و تختار أن تتحول إلى رجل لحماية نفسها منهم , و تبدأ بالعمل مرتدية زي رجل و بشكل رجل إلى حد ما , في الفنادق ...
طبعا ألبرت ستتلاقى مع إمرأه أيضا متنكره كـ رجل وتعمل في مجال طلاء المنازل , هي أيضا هاربة من زوجها الذي كان يعنفها دائما .
القصّة حدثت في القرن التاسع عشر ..
لسبب من الأسباب شعرت بالقهر إتجاه هذه المرأه , الظلم والإنحطاط والنظرة الدونيّة للمرأة في الغرب في ذلك العصر يا إلهي ! ذكرني بأشياء كثيرة تحصل حاليا في العالم العربي
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Mar 02, 2012 Hollowspine rated it really liked it
A very interesting story of a man who lived in mysterious circumstances. He worked for years and years as a waiter at a hotel, never known for being anything but a hard working serious man. Then after one chance encounter everything changes.

Albert Nobbs becomes obsessed with the thought of a normal life, something that would have been in the grasp of any normal man, but is illusive to Albert. The story of his life is rather tragic, but Albert never dwells on it, the story concentrates more on hi
May 01, 2012 Katie rated it it was ok
Shelves: glbt
Albert Nobbs is a sad story, as 19th century gender-bending tales often are. I just found it a little difficult to read and a little formal for my taste.

My biggest problem with it is that there are almost no paragraph breaks and no quotations. It makes it hard to figure out who is speaking to whom. It's just unclear. I like punctuation.

The formality is the same formality that accompanies any kind of 19th century story about looking for love. I think that is more a product of the society about w
Mar 04, 2016 Frances rated it it was ok
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Description: To be able to lead an independent and free life, industrious but introverted Albert hides a secret from the world, especially his fellow staff at a Dublin hotel. The encounters with decorator Hubert Page fuel Albert's dreams, not only of a better life, but of being able to share it with someone special.

Unusual period drama featuring Oscar-nominated performances.

Glenn Close as Mr Nobbs
Pauline Collins as Madge Baker

Jessica Tatar
Feb 29, 2012 Jessica Tatar rated it really liked it
Very disappointing ending, considering it had such potential with its strong ideas throughout the whole book. I truly felt for the characters and appreciated the realism but the end could have used some work. It was almost like an apologia, like "hey if I had more time I could have made this a good book"
Feb 02, 2016 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muchas veces en pequeños textos como este se escondes grandes historias y personajes entrañables, como Albert que siendo una mujer que vive como hombre se considera un "entremedias". es el camarero estrella en uno de los mejores hoteles de Dublín pero su vida transcurre monótona y triste con un constante temor de ser descubierta y sin grandes planes de futuro. Con la visita inesperada de un pintor a su habitación que le obliga a revelar su secreto se abre para Albert un mundo de interrogantes, ¿ ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Ivan marked it as to-read
I only just ordered this today. The story seems interesting. Tallahassee lost its art house movie theatre so this film with Glenn Close will probably never come here. I hadn't known there was a book. So, I'll read the novella first.
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Aug 24, 2014 Warmisunqu Austen rated it really liked it
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4.5 Austen

Una joya literaria de la literatura irlandesa, es este pequeño libro que sorprende lo que guarda en sí.

Nos habla de varias vidas, pero hay uno en particular, Albert Nobbs. Un hombre solitario con un universo diminuto, solo él y su vida, su historia. Parece insignificante, sin trascendencia, inocua, pero ahí está el valor, cuando más nimia más significativa es. No solo es un hombre solitario, es un hombre solo, en reali
SIMON Karine
Sep 05, 2012 SIMON Karine rated it it was ok
Albert Nobbs est un film que j’ai vu il y a quelques temps en DVD, et il m’avait bien plu ; j’ai appris récemment qu’il était tiré d’un livre. J’ai été surprise que le livre soit si court, mais je me suis dis pourquoi pas, j’ai déjà eu de jolies surprises avec ce type de roman ou de nouvelle.

L’action se passe à la fin du 19ème siècle, en Irlande. La plus grande partie de cette nouvelle, nous est racontée par Albert Nobbs, lui-même, il nous conte son histoire, de ses débuts difficiles à Londres,
My Inner Shelf
Mar 12, 2012 My Inner Shelf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
À l’occasion de la sortie du film avec Glenn Close, je me suis jetée sur cette nouvelle insolite avec un grand plaisir. Je ne connaissais pas l’auteur et je le découvre avec Albert Nobbs, qui relate l’histoire étonnante d’une femme de l’époque victorienne qui a choisi de se faire passer pour un homme pour mieux gagner sa vie. Albert Nobbs est serveur dans un hôtel, on ne lui connaît ni amitiés ni amours, il remplit son rôle à la perfection et sa conscience professionnelle lui vaut le respect de ...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
Je lis peu de nouvelles mais celle-ci, sortie tout récemment et adaptée au cinéma par Glenn Close, m'avait beaucoup intriguée au point que j'étais très impatiente de la lire. Très courte, elle était parfaite pour finir mes lectures de février et j'en ai sans doute trop attendu ! J'espérais quelque chose de différent, en tout cas quelque chose de plus passionnant ! L'histoire singulière d'Albert Nobbs m'a pourtant interressée. Je me suis interrogée sur la confusion des sentiments, sur la question ...more
Aug 20, 2012 David rated it it was ok
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Joy H.
May 18, 2012 Joy H. marked it as watched-film-only
Added 5/18/12.
I wrote the following at my group:
I watched "Albert Nobbs", starring Glenn Close, via a Netflix DVD yesterday.
"Albert Nobbs" (2011)
It was great. Very compelling. I gave it 5 Netflix stars. The character of Albert Nobbs was very touching and Glenn Close played it so well. I was also impressed with the acting of Janet McTeer, a very likable character.

In the bonus section
Sveva Caputo
Apr 03, 2014 Sveva Caputo rated it really liked it
Libricino di circa 70 pagine che però riesce a far breccia nel lettore per il tema trattato e la delicatezza con cui viene fatto.
Albert Nobbs è un cameriere di un prestigioso albergo ma che nasconde il segreto della solitudine scaturita dall'ambiguità: una donna nei panni di un uomo.
Sentimenti femminili tradotti in comportamenti e pensieri maschili, un tutt'uno in quest'anima lacerata che si è autolimitata e si accorge solo tardivamente di non poter tornare indietro.

Il film, romanzato di poco ri
Feb 19, 2014 Morgan rated it it was ok
I was hoping for a more uplifting story but I supposed that shouldn't be so expected from the time it was written and what was going on. It's an okay story, about a woman who passes herself as a man for years because she had her hear broken by the man she worked for, and then goes on to try and make a new life. I'm not going to share the ending but it is sort of sad. If that's not your cup of tea that's alright but this is an interesting example of older lgq lit.
Gracie Carver
Jan 30, 2015 Gracie Carver rated it really liked it
I would say this was a slightly better than average novella, but not great. It would have been lovely to see it as a novel as there was so much more that could have been developed, but this in part may be the influence of the Glen Close movie adaptation. The novella is competently written with a very interesting subject matter. The narrator is speaking to another person to which we have a name but no idea who he is, and the narrator himself isn't clearly defined in the story. Character developme ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Ptaylor rated it really liked it
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Eva Sanchez
Jun 04, 2014 Eva Sanchez rated it it was amazing
I really liked the way this book flowed like a true thought process, it really gave George Moore a voice. It is also a relatively short read so I finished it in two short days. I think you should read it because it is not all what you expect.
May 25, 2015 Kat rated it really liked it
I agree with the Actress Glenn Close when she says that Albert Nobbs is a special character. In a way, this character kind of finds her way into your heart. I tried reading this book several times, but it never seemed to be the right time. I cruised through it over the weekend, and while the way the dialogue is written is hard to understand, deciphering it is well worth the effort. I found myself wanting to know more and more about Hubert Page, as did Albert. And how crazy is it that they share ...more
Elizabeth McDonald
Mar 15, 2013 Elizabeth McDonald rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, novella
I feel very thoughtful after this little story by George Moore. Albert Nobbs has served as a hotel waiter for years when a housepainter sharing his room for the night discovers a well-kept secret: Albert is a woman. What follows after their midnight conversation is a surprisingly feminist story for one written by a man in 1918.

I really don't want to give any more of the plot away - this is such a short book that there's no reason you shouldn't just read it yourself - but I will say that Moore's
Dec 27, 2012 Lucia rated it liked it
I made the mistake of reading the about the movie version of this novella before reading the novella. The movie is based on a play based on the book. Both the play and the movie take this simple and straightforward tale and turn it into a serious and gut-wrenching drama.

I won't give away too much in my review except to say that this book is not about LGBT issues. This is a book of its time, which looks at what happens to a person who never loses her innocence, has an identity or experiences rea
Jun 02, 2014 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Interesting premise and characters. I first watched the movie--Glenn Close and Janet McTeer were great--which started out much the same as the book. They diverged toward the end, and I much preferred the book's ending.
May 27, 2013 Cynthia rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book, but I found the writing style to be distracting. The author used huge paragraphs with no indication of different speakers, and no use of quotation marks at all. And yet, as it happened, the writing style seemed to propel the reader forward.

The book differed from the movie in many aspects, with the movie changing some of the plot lines, especially toward the end of the book. I don't think people who see the movie first will be disappointed, but as always, if you haven't seen t
Pattie Walters
Sep 05, 2014 Pattie Walters rated it it was amazing
This is a strange little book. There is a movie with Glenn Close as Albert. I may read it again. It is strange, but heart-wrenching.
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George Augustus Moore (24 February 1852 – 21 January 1933) was an Irish novelist, short-story writer, poet, art critic, memoirist and dramatist. Moore came from a Roman Catholic landed family who lived at Moore Hall in Carra, County Mayo. He originally wanted to be a painter, and studied art in Paris during the 1870s. There, he befriended many of the leading French artists and writers of the day.
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