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Albert Nobbs

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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 August 4th 2011)
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Stephanie
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...more
Hollowspine
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...more
Katie
May 01, 2012 Katie rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
Warmisunqu Austen
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 realidad una mujer vestida de hombre inmensamente sola en el mundo. Much...more
Ivan
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.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
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SIMON Karine
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,...more
My Inner Shelf
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
David
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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:
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I watched "Albert Nobbs", starring Glenn Close, via a Netflix DVD yesterday.
"Albert Nobbs" (2011)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1602098/
http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Alber...
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...more
Sveva Caputo
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...more
Morgan
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.
Ptaylor
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Kat
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
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...more
Lucia
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...more
Cynthia
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...more
Stacielynn
This was an intriguing premise told in a unique way. I was frustrated with Albert, felt he could have done more to further himself and his dreams. I am easily annoyed by characters who dither and let control of a situation slip from their grasp. That's just my personal prejudice -- I am not one to choose inaction.

In the end, I was sorry that it ended sadly, I but could see no other conclusion, given the situation and characters.

I imagine the movie will be spiced up a bit, as this is not enough...more
Kathy
3.5 stars The premise of this book is rather strange, but it isn't unlikely that some women of that era were at least tempted to make the lonely choice the main character makes. As I read about the sad course of Albert's life, I felt some of the melancholy and discouragement "he" must have felt with his solitary and guarded life.The end seems rather abrupt and I'm not sure I understood the author's purpose in the last few pages. But it gave me a new glimpse into the difficulties women encountere...more
Libby
I wanted to read this after seeing the movie. The movie is pretty accurate until the ending. The movie had more violence, of course. The ending of the novella was lame and unbelievable. Well, the movie's ending was also a little unbelievable, but not as much as the novella's.

George Moore's novella was told by one person to another so we see it from arm's length rather than seeing it through Albert's viewpoint as most modern books are told. It's a quiet story with interior thoughts although not...more
Sara
The introduction by Glenn Close drew me to this story. The book was a quick read but somewhat difficult as the dialogue was not separated out of the paragraph. It made for a bit of confusion on who was talking. The subject was interesting enough and now that I've read the story I am interested in seeing the movie.
Bybee
I'm eager to read other examples of George Moore's work.
Gabi Coatsworth
I came across this and my curiosity was roused because of the film (which I hadn't seen. It's a bit of an oddity, but draws a picture of Dublin at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries which I found interesting. It's a long short story or a short novella,so it's a quick read. When I did rent the film last week it was obvious that it didn't provide enough meat for a 90 minute movie, which I abandoned halfway through.
Linda
Learned about this story due to the movie starring Glenn Close. Albert Nobbs is a long time member of the wait staff of a hotel who has kept a secret from the hotel employer and all who come in contact with Albert for years. The secret is accidentally discovered one night when Albert is forced to share a bed with another worker. The sharing of the secret opens up possibilities that Albert had never thought about.
Carmen
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Rebecca
The subject matter was very interesting. I can see how this will be a good movie.

I didn't like that there were no quotation marks in the book (and when someone else started talking, it didn't change lines or anything...leaving the reader a bit disoriented). I don't know if this is common for novella's or if it is just this one.

Jessica Tatar
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"
Mir Nd
Este libro me encantó. Es una historia corta y fácil de leer pero que encierra una trama increíble y conmovedora.
Tripmastermonkey
I read this rather quickly during the days I had jury duty (on lunch breaks- not when I was supposed to listen to the judge and lawyers). It's short, and I should re-read it sometime. There are some great moments in it, and a real sense of the strange.
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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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