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The Springs of Affection

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  145 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Ireland is once more the source of great, and disturbing, fiction. Most of us will not have heard of Maeve Brennan before opening this volume, yet the quality of her stories is cause for wonder. The first several are autobiographical sketches of her childhood in 1920s Dublin. In one, she takes her brother with her to the Poor Clare nuns, a closed order. Because the little ...more
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Published (first published November 30th 1996)
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Stephen Brooke
These Maeve Brennan stories are all set in the Ireland she had left behind as a young woman. For many years, Brennan wrote for the New Yorker as a ‘social diarist’ — sort of the mid-Twentieth Century equivalent of a blogger — frequently as the ‘Long-Winded Lady.’ Now she is better known for her rediscovered short fiction.

Elegantly written stories, they are filled with people trapped in bad situations without the knowledge or will to leave them. Disappointing lives are presented with a literary s
20 or so stories, divided into 3 sections - the first comprises autobiographical anecdotes from chidhood, the others tell of two married couples and their families. The childhood stories are lighter in tone than the other pieces, but are enjoyable and very well-written. The stories in the remaining sections are full of psychological insight : lonliness, loss, and the restarints of the family unit are covered in depth. Many of the pieces are moving, without ever being melodramatic. The psychologi ...more
Patricia McGuire
I wanted so much to dislike this book--I already had an inborn prejudice: I have disliked (closer to hated) being Irish American. The threads of my discontent are all woven within Ms Brennan's stories: the rural small mindedness (even tho the poverty and famine of Ireland had been left behind a century ago); the fearful expectations for life; the dusty, empty expanse of life and living; the poverty of emotion; even the holding onto the sticks of furniture for a lifetime, and the revery in the sp ...more
Che meraviglia!
Ho letto solo il primo racconto ed stato come una scossa elettrica, come innamorarsi la prima volta.


Raggelanti, cos sono definiti in quarta di copertina i racconti di Maeve Brennan e secondo me non c' aggettivo migliore per descriverli.
Solo il primo racconto, quello che mi ha folgorata - ma anche gli altri sono tutti di altissimo livello - lascia intravedere un tiepido raggio di sole, uno di quei raggi che scalda pi alla so
May 19, 2010 Bill marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
listened to roddy doyle's excellent read of CHRISTMAS EVE,today 5/19/2010
Amy Meyer
I discovered The Springs of Affection: Stories of Dublin by Maeve Brennan at a used bookstore in downtown Brooklyn. I wasn't familiar with this Irish author who worked for The New Yorker for many years, but after looking through the book, I had to have it!

The Springs of Affection , the title of a long short story (47 pages).
Min Bagot is 87 years old and the last surviving member of the Bagot family. Her twin brother, Martin, died recently and Min has just returned to her flat in Wexford. Sh
This collection of short fiction was compiled posthumously (1998) and is divided into three parts. Originally published in the New Yorker magazine between April 1952 and March 1973, the stories are arranged thematically rather than chronologically. The first segment are the most autobiographical, from the point of view of a young girl and her siblings living in a terrace house in the near South-side Dublin suburb of Ranelagh in the early 1920's, as did Brennan. And while the family examined in t ...more
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Maeve Brennan era figlia d’arte.
Suo padre Robert, giornalista ed autore di polizieschi per svago, era anche un combattente per l’indipendenza irlandese: comandò i ribelli della nativa Wexford nell’insurrezione del 1916, rischiando la pena capitale, ed era nuovamente agli arresti quando Maeve nacque, nel 1917. Fu direttore della propaganda prima per il Sinn Féin e in seguito al trattato del 1921 per l’IRA. Quando venne nominato primo ambasciatore dell’Irlanda libera negli USA, nel 1934, si trasf
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Maeve Brennan era figlia darte.
Suo padre Robert, giornalista ed autore di polizieschi per svago, era anche un combattente per lindipendenza irlandese: comand i ribelli della nativa Wexford nellinsurrezione del 1916, rischiando la pena capitale, ed era nuovamente agli arresti quando Maeve nacque, nel 1917. Fu direttore della propaganda prima per il Sinn Fin e in seguito al trattato del 1921 per lIRA. Quando venne nominato primo ambasciatore dellIrlanda libera negli USA, nel 1934, si trasfer a Wa
“The springs of affection” è una raccolta di racconti che uscì postuma, Maeve Brennan era morta da cinque anni. Questa edizione BUR sembra esserne la traduzione italiana, pur se lascia per strada la maggior parte dei racconti: mancano i racconti iniziali dedicati all’infanzia di Rose; i sei che raccontano il matrimonio di Rose e Hubert in italiano sono tre, e gli otto che si concentrano su Delia e Martin, nell’edizione italiana scendono ugualmente a tre.

Il titolo originale, e
Recopilación de cuentos publicados por la autora en New Yorker y Harper's Bazaar.

El título es un tanto engañoso, pues la ciudad de Dublín no es protagonista de estas historias; salvo en unos cuantos de los relatos, el hecho de que transcurran en Dublín o no es irrelevante. Sí aparece la ciudad como telón de fondo, pero el libro se podría haber llamado igualmente "Cuentos irlandeses", por ejemplo, porque lo que sí está presente en todo momento es el espíritu irlandés, ese algo especial que hace q
If you go by the blurb, this collection of short stories sounds like one of the most boring things to ever exist. Which is why it's such a good thing that I am hear to tell you to ignore the blurb.

I am not usually one for stories that rely solely on emotion with very little point, but this collection pulled me in and made me care. Even the characters that I didn't like got to me and made me feel sympathy for them. Brennan explores human emotions and motivations with a style and a delicacy that i
if you are a fan of short stories, then make a pot of tea and sit down for an afternoon. One story is more astounding than the other, by the wonderful Maeve Brennan, who wrote for the "New Yorker" for many years.
Judith Podell
IN a just world Maeve Bennan would be revered as a major Irish writer.
Although she spent her adult life in America, most of it with the New Yorker, her best work is set in Ireland, and Springs of Affection is her masterpiece.
She belongs in the company of Alice Munro and William Trevor.

I preferred the childhood stories in the beginning. I read in the interesting introduction that she went a little crazy and you can kind of feel that in her stories. I read the book because I heard one of the stories read, and it was a beginning childhood one. Those are the best.
This is a poignant collection of interconnected short stories (or some were connected to others). Ms. Brennan's characterizations are very precise and honed by the chance to see different circumstances from the perspectives of the different characters.
Good stories - no real exciting events in the stories, some very typical situations(which is not a bad thing). Some well developed personalities and family scenarios which I could feel.
Jill Collins
Absolutely lovely but I had such a hard time reading these stories in one shot. I am left wondering if I wouldn't have preferred reading the stories gradually as they were published.
I love reading the Irish stories. Maeve is a wonderfully descriptive writer with good insight into every day Irish living.
The second and third sets of stories are some of my absolute favourite fiction. Well crafted, keenly observed and very moving.
I loved this compilation of stories. They were so well written and beautiful. It made my Christmas holiday.
The best Irish writer you've never heard of. I love these stories.
Alaina Maxam
i enjoyed this book but not near as good as others wrote gby her
Enjoyed the book as live in the area she wrote about.
Emily Holt
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Amazing and poignant
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Maeve Brennan (January 6, 1917–1993) was an Irish short story writer and journalist. She moved to the United States in 1934 when her father was appointed to the Irish Legation in Washington. She was an important figure in both Irish diaspora writing and in Irish writing itself. Collections of her articles, short stories, and a novella have been published.

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