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Corrigan

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Corrigan is at once a mordant comedy of manners and a very modern morality play. Since her husband's death, the increasingly frail Mrs. Blunt has had only her trips to his grave to look forward to. Her raucous housekeeper's conversation, and cooking, are best forgotten. Nadine, her daughter, is an infrequent, uneasy visitor. Then one day a charming, wheelchair-bound Irishm ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published June 30th 2002 by NYRB Classics (first published 1984)
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Justin Evans
May 05, 2009 Justin Evans rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction

A double bind with this one: if you don't read the excellent afterword by Andrew Solomon, the book seems repetitive and poorly constructed: do we really need a scene of a woman throwing herself on a bed in tears to be followed by ten pages explaining how unhappy she is? This type of thing happens throughout the novel.
If, on the other hand, you do read the afterword, which makes a decent case for Blackwood's writing, you know the ending which makes the book unbearable. So, although I didn't enjo
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Beth
Dec 07, 2011 Beth rated it it was amazing
Wow. I absolutely loved this book. I swear that whoever chooses what to include in the New York Review Books Classics series handpicks them especially for me, which is nice of them (I'm thinking particularly of Cassandra at the Wedding and Wish Her Safe at Home, which I never would have discovered otherwise). All three focus on the interior monologues of characters (who happen to be slightly deranged), which is my favorite literary device.
Mauro
Jan 27, 2016 Mauro rated it liked it
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Lauren
Jun 15, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-2011
Ultra delish!
Lora Templeton
I ought to like Caroline Blackwood's work more than I do. Her rich literary and historical connections - Ulster Anglo-Irish aristocracy with the Guinness fortune no less, wife to poet Robert Lowell and artist Lucien Freud, a distant relation to famed Victorian ghost story generator Algernon Blackwood - seem perfect for those of us who like our Downtown Abbeys a little less cheerfully Anglo and a little more vengefully Irish. And so I gave this Amazon recommendation a try precisely because the pl ...more
Lobstergirl
Nov 02, 2013 Lobstergirl rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Angela Merkel
Shelves: own, nyrb, fiction
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Anders Fröjmark
Feb 10, 2013 Anders Fröjmark rated it really liked it
Everything is not what it looks like in the subtle play between a British colonel’s widow and a crippled Irishman, who becomes a frequent visitor and eventually an inmate in her stylish Wiltshire home. The cultivated Irishman professes high ideals and the widow is soon directing all her energy and capital to his great project of improving a London institution where crippled people are cared for. Her daughter Nadine and her housekeeper Mrs. Murphy however regard Corrigan, the Irishman, with growi ...more
Fiona
Jan 17, 2009 Fiona rated it it was amazing
Utterly satisfying and very acute, especially about the emotional freight carried inside families. A con-man in a wheelchair latches on to a desolate widow (spoilers courtesy of the blurb for the edition that I read), and many lives are changed as a result.

I'd read reviews of the recent biography of Blackwood that made her sound like a very scary woman, and a friend who had met her confirmed that, yes, she could be - but also emphasised that she was well worth reading. So I bought this book but
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Austin
May 06, 2016 Austin rated it liked it
This book has been a joy so far. It's so British its teeth are green.
Matteo Cavelier
May 28, 2015 Matteo Cavelier rated it it was amazing
Spectacular. Blackwood gives any Agatha Christie novel a run for its money.
Iva
Oct 10, 2011 Iva rated it it was amazing
You might think of it as a sort of mystery or perhaps a comedy, but I'll just say it was a great read. Blackwood developed horrid characters--every last one of them --and then wrings everything she possibly can out of them. She knows families well and their motivations. The plot is about a con game played by a wordsmith; start this novel and expect to be totally involved. Blackwood is a gem of a writer. Andrew Solomon's afterward in the NYRB edition (definitely not an introduction)presents an ex ...more
meliss
Feb 14, 2008 meliss rated it did not like it
This was an anxious modern-day drawing room type story. I suspect this might be a good choice for some of my friends (Ling, Nancy, Emily?). I can objectively appreciate that the plot was well constructed and has an unlikely ending, even if you read the book jacket. However, I'm not keen on angsty social misunderstandings and regretted relationships, especially since I was on vacation. I donated it to the B&B library before we headed home.
Daisy
Jan 20, 2009 Daisy rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
This is the second Blackwood book I've read and I must say that while good, it wasn't quite as good as Great Granny Webster. It was still sharp and biting and wittily insightful about familial relationships, but at times it was a little slow and dragged when it should have popped. Still -highly recommended.
Alvin
Dec 21, 2013 Alvin rated it it was ok
I gave up on this at page 50. It's not bad, but the scathingly venomous wit that animates Blackwood's short stories and her novella, Great Granny Webster, has been muted, leaving nothing but a realistic novel about emotionally constipated English people.
Karen
Jul 10, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
I thought this was beautifully constructed. I began to guess the secrets gradually. But that was hardly the entire point of the book, the revelation was the complexity of the characters, gradually revealed in the book's last chapter or so. A winner.
Nat
Jun 01, 2016 Nat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
LOVED IT. Couldn't put it down. It might be a 5-star (rare for me) if I'm still thinking about it in a while.
Starry
Jan 04, 2009 Starry rated it liked it
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Still trolling the NY Review books for great ideas. So far, so good...
Luann
Mar 04, 2013 Luann rated it it was amazing
Superb!
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NYRB Classics: Corrigan, by Caroline Blackwood 3 13 Nov 07, 2013 02:26PM  
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  • Manservant and Maidservant
  • Mr. Fortune's Maggot; and, The Salutation
  • Eustace and Hilda
  • The Slaves of Solitude
  • Seven Men
  • Nights in the Gardens of Brooklyn
  • The Vet's Daughter
  • Angel
  • The Old Man and Me
  • A Way of Life, Like Any Other
  • The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
  • Cassandra at the Wedding
  • The Pumpkin Eater
  • When the World Spoke French
  • The World as I Found It

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