Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America -- to live and...more
"Brooklyn" tells the story of Eilis Lacey, an Irish girl from a small village who emigrates to the U.S. with hopes of bettering her life and career with opportunities afforded in the new world. The young emigre's story is told with such straightforwardness and simplicity that, on the surface, it seems like a mora...more
Eilis, a young woman living in a small Irish community with limited opportunities in the 1950s, reluctantly agrees to emigrate to the US when her sister and the local priest find a job there for her. She has difficulty settling in to her job at a department store and he...more
He shows, rather than tells, the bewilderment and liberation that are part of a willing immigrant's experience;...more
Set in the 1950s, this is a book of Four Parts. Each part tells Eilis Lacey's story. Part one introduces the reader to Eilis, who in her early twenties, lives with her Widowed mother and her older sister, Rose. Set in rural Ireland, we learn that the two girls are bright and intelligent. Rose has a job in an office and is an avid golfer, Eilis is great with numbers and works part time in a local shop. She longs for more but there are no opportun...more
I think what will determine your experience of this book is whether or not you can relate in any way to Eilis, the main character. I'm a completely different person(and I do mean completely) than I was when I was her age. As I was reading, I cast my mind back to the time I was her age and I knew I probably would have responded much the same if I had been thrown into similar...more
For me the book is a metaphor for the journey of life and how long things may take us we have things we have to negoiate first.
It is a beautiful story.
I've also read The Heather Blazing and The Master, and in each Tóibín employs a laconic method of storytelling to explore the weaknesses that occlude people's vision. In The Master, Tóibín's achievement was the careful revealing of the sorrow of a repressed Henry...more
Plot: A visiting priest arranges for the young Eilis to go to the US in order to have a better future for herself. She leaves her poor Irish home and in New York undergoes a number of changes...more
I guess it's a very good thing we can't read other people's minds as Colm Tóibín could tell us everything his Eilis Lacey was thinking & we could see that even when she did behave decently she never the less was consistently adrift in her mind.
This was a book nearly impossible to put down, but I wouldn't want to follow it up with another like it. I guess I just don't want to spend that much of my time knowing how airheads' minds operate &...more
She finds work in a department story, and also finds Tony, a blond Italian from a big family, who slowly...more
"Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955. He studied at University College Dublin and lived in Barcelona between 1975 and 1978. Out of his experience in Barcelona be produced two books, the novel ‘The South’ (shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and winner of the Irish Times/ Aer Lingus First Fiction...more