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Bodily Secrets (Great Loves, #19)

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  95 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Wealthy widow Norah O’Neill wonders if she will ever marry again. When her son decides to close the family’s failing toy factory, the manager, a decent man who dances the quickstep beautifully, becomes unemployed. Suddenly, Norah sees her chance for happiness, in a new venture of her own.

United by the theme of love, the writings in the Great Loves series span over two thou
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Paperback, Penguin Great Loves, 144 pages
Published 2007 by Penguin (first published January 23rd 1992)
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Marthe Bozart
Aug 05, 2014 Marthe Bozart rated it it was amazing
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Bodily Secrets by William Trevor is a really really short book, with 5 stories.

Story 1 is about a man not wanting to fall out of love.
Story 2 is about how a man finds love, but life destroys it.
Story 3 is about an old woman looking to marry, but not out of love.
Story 4 is about a man who wants to save the girl he loves, but can't.
Story 5 is about a man waying out who won the most out of his marriage, him or his bride.

As you can see, in short, all these stories are about love. What I found reall
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okyrhoe
Aug 13, 2009 okyrhoe rated it really liked it
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The beauty of these stories is that they convey emotional depth without being wordy.
William Trevor is a master at uncovering the complexities of human relationships hidden behind the mundane activities of the characters, even though the characters themselves say very little.
I am not sure I always side with the narrative point of view (resignation/acceptance of the character's fate), but I do enjoy the way the author succinctly describes the internal workings of these characters. There is an ho
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David Haight
Nov 20, 2012 David Haight rated it really liked it
William Trevor is an astonishing writer. These stories really are - for lack of a better word - sad. These characters discover something about their lives and end up having to accept their fate. The sense of heavy resignation - the steady hopelessness of live - is hard at times to read. But Trevor does it so well and so honestly that he makes it hard to not go forward. His stories are hard to put down. And his pacing matches the gradual realization of his characters and their fate - deliberate, ...more
R A Lynch
May 17, 2016 R A Lynch rated it it was amazing
William Trevor has that uncanny ability to make the ordinary and extraordinary lie side by side as if they were born as twins, separated at birth and after many years apart find each other and wonder at how much they have in common. The characters he creates are living, breathing, loving beings in a world that is real, in all its anguish, disappointment, excitement and joy. Bodily Secrets is a great collection of his stories to whet your appetite for more of the William Trevor world.
Kay
Jan 31, 2013 Kay rated it really liked it
I love William Trevor's stories - spare, yet with such emotion packed into a few short words. I was especially drawn to the title story, in which the widow O'Neill defies expectations with somewhat unexpected results. There's little enough happiness - or at least lasting happiness - in these stories, but they linger in my mind long after I move on to the next book.
Kris McCracken
Feb 14, 2012 Kris McCracken rated it liked it
A slender collection of short stories by a fine writer, the collection revolves around the theme of relationships (and yes, ‘love’). At once tender and taut, it is a great little book that covers the whole gamut of emotions. Recommended.
Emilie
Oct 02, 2013 Emilie rated it it was ok
It's ok. Not too cerebral and wordy but not too deep either. I liked some aspects of the stories but not any one fully, weirdly.
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William Trevor, KBE grew up in various provincial towns and attended a number of schools, graduating from Trinity College, in Dublin, with a degree in history. He first exercised his artistry as a sculptor, working as a teacher in Northern Ireland and then emigrated to England in search of work when the school went bankrupt. He could have returned to Ireland once he became a successful writer, he ...more
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