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Girl With Green Eyes by Edna O'Brien
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Mar 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: irish-novels

Originally published as The Lonely Girl, this is the middle installment in O'Brien's trilogy. Kate and Baba are still in pursuit of something, whatever it is, in Dublin. There's fun, yes, and mistakes, yes, but O'Brien's arc spans all three novels. The most sobering thing, for me, is that the girls lose their expectations as time passes. They make choices as though those choices will make a difference, but they don't really believe it. The novel was filmed as a very English movie, with Rita Tushingham (Kate), Peter Finch, and Lynn Redgrave (Baba), in 1964, retitled as Girl with Green Eyes. It's okay as an English movie, but as an adaptation, it's wanting because it has had all its Irishness extracted. The whole point is different.
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