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3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Nobody at The Eyrie is quite like Red Dora—in her eighties, she's a Scots ex-Communist, ex-Trotskyite who fought in the Spanish Civil War. With her fiery brand of radical anticapitalism, she conjures plans of political sabotage and computer hacking. She rails at a society that seems to have forgotten its political roots and a government that doesn't care. But beneath her r ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 28th 2008 by Phoenix (first published 2007)
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Haythem Bastawy
The Eyrie is a tale of three women at different stages of life; youth, middle and old age. Each woman has her own tale and the three tales are interwoven through The Eyrie; an old chateau converted to flats.

The story reveals interesting information about the link between the Welsh Language movement, the international brigadier and the Spanish Civil war.

All the women mentioned in the tale are either horrible, mundane or exceptionally ordinary. Only Waldo, a Welsh poet, has been shown in a better
This is well-written, and the characters are believable enough, but there's really not much plot, and I didn't find the people particularly sympathetic. It didn't have the acerbic irony of Anne Tyler, though it could have been that type of book. Nothing to dislike, but nothing to really like either.
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Welsh born Stevie Davies is a novelist, literary critic, biographer and historian. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the Academi Gymreig and is Director of Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Swansea.
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