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Albert Nobbs

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  312 ratings  ·  56 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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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.
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
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 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
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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"
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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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
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,
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
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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
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
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.
Rachael Gracie
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
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Eva Sanchez
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Susan Bybee
I'm eager to read other examples of George Moore's work.
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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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