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Star Of The Sea by Joseph O'Connor
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Jun 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: ireland
Read from June 07 to 16, 2011 — I own a copy

** spoiler alert ** I thought I liked Ghost Light, I did, but wow, I loved loved Star of the Sea. O'Connor has this rhythm in his writing that makes one feel we are being read to. The Star of the Sea is a must read, for anyone interested in the history of the famine, its horrors and its heroes. Because, any tragedy is also the source of heroism. O'Connor is particularly successful in his creation of the Characters (in capital letters). Pius Mulvey, Mary Duane, Captain Lockwood, Dixon-- the journalist, the lover, the narrator and much more, David Merredith, the physician and even Seamus Meadowes. Even the minor characters, minor only because they don't appear as often in the narration-- Commander Blake, David's father the earl, Mary Duane's parents and the Maharajah are developed perfectly.
This book is definitively about the the Irish famine, the horrors of it but most importantly the complexities and layers upon layers of responsibilities and blame. But most of all this book is about choices or the lack thereof. In speaking of Merredith, O'connor writes "[t]that he chose as he did is a matter of record. That each man is the sum of his choices is nothing less than the truth. And each, perhaps, is also something else." Did David Merredith had the choice to be different, to change the tragedies in his life. Perhaps, he did. the book would have been a different book.
The choices, taken by the characters, are this book. The what if's, are also part of this book.
Technically this book is extremely successful, emotionally its fantastic. If I ever read books twice, I would consider rereading this one.

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06/10/2011 page 80
21.0% "So far so good... why would anyone not like the beginning! I am loving every moment of this book. His style, the techniques and the story! I am going slow... and savoring every word..."
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Keith Kelly Only four stars in the end Mae. What made you take away a star?

message 2: by Mae (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mae Oops, typo. I meant to put five stars, but somehow assumed I had done it. My eyesight is bad! Particularly with tears.

Marleen I agree, a wonderful book, and I did read it twice.

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