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Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor
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Apr 26, 12


Dickensian in scale, this is a heart-rending, intimate, tense, funny and important page turner of a book that will stick with me for a long time [especially since I read it while living in Ireland!]. It seems nearly unimaginable that anyone could write anything remotely entertaining about the senseless tragedy of the Great Irish Famine that claimed one million souls or the "coffin ships" that carried another million of the Irish diaspora to America and beyond--or that anyone would even hazard it. I'm so greatful O'Connor [Sinead's brother] did. He employs an ingeneous device to pull it off, artfully weaving love story, drawing room drama, historical fiction, crime thriller, and something of an acedemic treatise, together all while staying respectfully and faithfully true to his subjects in a delicious and witty prose. I know! Give it a go, if you haven't already, you won't be sorry.
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