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The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O'Brien
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Feb 04, 08

Read in January, 2007

I think I'd give the 1st volume 2 stars, the 2nd three, and the 3rd four. The low rating of the first is probably all my fault. I felt like I did when I read "Emma" in the 5th grade. I technically "understood" what was happening, but I didn't get it at all. I didn't know why the things people said were interesting, and I missed all the cues that revealed character. I didn't get any jokes, I didn't get anything. Sometimes I have a little trouble with the context of history, especially when it comes to acceptable public behavior. People make asses of themselves, but I think they're just being sensible. It's true I don't get out much.

But I couldn't get it out of my head. So I read the 2nd volume 6 months later, and I got a little more. I was used to them. I started the 3rd volume after 2 or 3 months. ? I thought I was finally starting to get it. And there on the first page, I was already wrong. Baba was talking, not Kate. How could Kate not be talking? Argh. A brilliant stroke.

The only book place I've ever heard "linked" used this way. "...and she linked me down the street."

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