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The Birds of the Innocent Wood

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Sisters Sarah and Catherine each have a secret. However, as winter gives way to spring at the bleak and isolated farm where they live with their mother Jane, the burden of these secrets becomes intolerable. Deirdre Madden won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for Hidden Symptoms.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 1989 by Faber & Faber (first published January 25th 1988)
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Feb 11, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it
Dark in tone, this is the story of a family dealing individually with long-held secrets and painful pasts. The format is an interesting blend of memories and current experiences, and the landscape is as bleak as the story line. I was reminded of Thomas Hardy throughout this book.
Cath Murphy
Jul 16, 2012 Cath Murphy rated it it was ok
Shelves: worthy-but-dull
The blurb compared this to Somerset Maugham. That should have been a warning....
Feb 06, 2012 Ishan rated it really liked it
This book will sadden you, and then some. It isn't the best of literature, nor is it the strongest; but it will make you think, and it will haunt you for long after you've put it down.

It has a certain somber tone to it, monotonous even; at some times it'll feel a chore to go on, but you will; it grips onto your mind such.

Read it.
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Jul 04, 2015 Cynthia Townsend rated it liked it
The writing is good.Many of the characters are not at all likable when you meet them. The book explores why they are they so miserable. Comparisons to the characters of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are inevitable.
Sep 04, 2015 Mary rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction, 2015
I was so disappointed by this last of my unread Deirdre Madden books! She took a Gothic turn and threw in enough orphans and creepy birds to satisfy the Bronte sisters. High body count and low marital satisfaction rates will leave this book lowest on my ranking of her novels.
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Deirdre Madden is from Toomebridge, County Antrim in Northern Ireland. She was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and at the University of East Anglia. In 1994 she was Writer-in-Residence at University College, Cork and in 1997 was Writer Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin. She has travelled widely in Europe and has spent extended periods of time in both France and Italy.
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