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Reading Turgenev

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  329 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Mary Louise Dallon, fearful of being trapped forever in her parents' cramped farmhouse, is too naive to resist the limited attractions of the nearby small town in the provincial Ireland of 1955. A hasty marriage leads to despair and desolation. Read by the actress Sinead Cussack.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 10th 1991 by Viking (first published 1991)
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Grazia
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
«È così che inizia l’amore, appartenersi senza saperlo? A guardare indietro sembra così.»

Solitudine.
Ricerca di amore.
Follia.

Quanti romanzi giocano con queste tematiche?

Quanti romanzi lo riescono a fare in maniera inconsueta, con delicatezza e misura?

Una disperazione che può essere sopportata solo vivendo in una dimensione parallela fatta di ricordi e letture (per certi versi mi ha ricordato Giorni di spasimato amore di Romana Petri), piuttosto che di angoscia e di alcolismo.

Mary Louise sposa un
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Emilio Berra
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: letto
La ballata di Maryluise.

Irlanda, metà anni '50. Inizia questa vicenda che vede la giovane MaryLuise e il più attempato Elmer unirsi in matrimonio. Unione vantaggiosa per lei socioeconomicamente, essendo lui proprietario di un'avviata attività commerciale, in città, gestita con due sorelle nubili più anziane.
Si tratta di una coppia non ben assortita che, per giunta, deve vivere con le due zitelle, di fatto padrone di casa.
Nei dintorni abita, con la madre, un cugino di lei, coetaneo, malato dall'
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Dagio_maya
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europea
“L’amore come il suo fa paura almeno un po’ a chiunque?”

Irlanda 1951- Mary Louise Dallon crede di aver raggiunto i suoi obiettivi sposando Elmer Quarry.
Lei ha 25 anni lui 39; non è un bell’uomo ma possiede una merceria proprio in città ed il sogno di Mary Louise è sempre stato quella di abbandonare la campagna.
Elmer, d’altra parte, le propone il matrimonio obbedendo ad un rituale di famiglia che impone ad un certo punto di avere una prole (” Né lei né suo marito avevano mai trovato necessa
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Barbaraw
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emblematica Mary-Louise

Sognante, fragile e fortissima,la tenera Mary-Louise, capitata per sbaglio o per paura in un matrimonio soffocante, evade attraverso una delicata lucida follia d'amore.
Trevor è ineguagliabile nello descrivere un personaggio "alla Bovary", con metà della vita fuori dalla realtà asfittica del suo mondo, passata idealmente nei romanzi russi scoperti con l'amato cugino, e l'altra metà, passata a escogitare sotterfugi per continuare a sognare la vita che non ha.
Malinconico ro
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Nasim Dehghan
+++ به یاد می آورد که پسرخاله اش قطعه ای را می خواند که در آن مرگ به ماهیگیر تشبیه شده بود.. اگر ماهیگیر مایل باشد ماهی شکارشده را در آب نگه می دارد، ماهی شنا می کند اما در تور گرفتار است..
کشیش می گوید "دیگه باید برم" اما وقتی او برایش از ماهیگیر تورگینیف می گوید گوش می دهد..
عشق بازی پسرخاله اش دعوت او به دنیای یک رمان نویس بوده است. همین در توانش بوده، "مری لوییس" هم به همان اندازه می توانسته بپذیرد..
سی و یک سال به سرپناهی چسبیده بود که رابطه عاشقانه اش بتواند در آن وسعت یابد.. سی و یک سال را م
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Carloesse
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trevor è un autore che avrebbe meritato una ben maggiore visibilità nel corso della sua vita (si è spento a 88 anni neanche un anno fa) di quella di cui ha goduto, nonostante varie volte si sia citato il suo nome fra i possibili vincitori del Nobel. L’Elizabeth Strout di “Olive Kitteridge”, o ancora di più Alice Munro, che invece l’ha vinto recentemente, in fondo credo debbano moltissimo proprio a lui, al suo stile minimale, alla sua maestria nel sapere cogliere con un processo di sottrazione (i ...more
Simona
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nel personaggio di Mary Louise, la protagonista di questo romanzo di Trevor che segna il mio approccio all'autore, vi è il riflesso di Emma Bovary, la protagonista di Mme Bovary di Gustave Flaubert. Proprio come il personaggio di Emma, anche Mary Louise conduce una vita umile e sposa un uomo, Elmer, in questo caso, più per convenienza che per amore.

"Credevo che nessun altro avrebbe voluto sposarmi. Volevo vivere in città".

Come Emma, anche Mary Louise riesce a trovare dei "germogli di felicità" n
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Sheyda Dehghan
فعلا نمیخواستم بخونمش اما پیش اومد! چه عقوبتی بالاتر از "پشیمانی" میتونه دامن یه نفرو بگیره؟ بزرگترین تغییرات آدم از همینجا شروع میشه. وقتی زندگی رو تحت تاثیر قرار بده؛ غالبا جبران ناپذیره. هرچقدر هم تلاش کنی باز زندگی مثل آب از لای دستات میریزه. بهبودی هرگز صورت نمیگیره و فرد خاطی تا همیشه یه بیمار/ناقل باقی میمونه! تنها راه باقی مونده، از دست دادنه همه چیزه، این تاوانیه برای داشتن یه فرصت دیگه که به هیچ عنوان توصیه نمیشه

خواهر هانا آدم عاقلیست. خواهر هانا می گوید زندگی آدم منظم نیست؛ در طول زما
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Felice Picano
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read stories by Trevor before but this book came as a complete surprise. At first, I found it's rather simple writing rather humdrum, even though I knew it was supposed to reflect the protagonist's own mind, thoughts, and life. But then the story became more complexly narrated and moved around in time, and that held my interest. Finally the book delivered one devastating emotional punch after the other and left me in a kind of shambles. It's all there, and all completely credible. And what ...more
Lia
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irlanda, 1955. Trentacinque anni, Elmer Quarry, negoziante tra i più noti di Culleen, è anche l'uomo che posa gli occhi su Mary Louise Dallon. Pallido, grasso, un abito anonimo, in un gennaio degli anni cinquanta, spezza quel sottile equilibrio che lega il suo presente alle due sorelle Matilda e Rose. Ventuno anni, occhi azzurri, soffici capelli castano chiaro, Mary Louise è assai modesta: ricevere un invito da Elmer Quarry è una sorpresa pressoché completa. Il signor Dallon e la moglie, la sore ...more
MaSuMeH
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خوندنش به توصیه عزیزی بود که زیاد سلیقه ی ادبی مون نزدیک نیست.برای همین خیلی بی میل شروع کردم به خوندنش.داستانش برخلاف همه ی یادداشت های تحسین آمیزی که آخر کتاب نوشته شده بود به نظرم خیلی سطحی و پیش پا افتاده بود نویسنده اشم که برام ناشناس بود و کلا یه جورایی تو رودربایستی مونده بودم که داشتم دنبالش میکردم اما این بهانه ها فقط شامل 70-80 صفحه اول کتاب بود و بعدش مثل یه هلوی رسیده بود که تا به خودم بیام قورتش داده بودم .
خوشم نمیاد داستانو لو بدم چون همه ی جذابیت یه قصه تو نگاه اول برای خودم, تو ا
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Ffiamma
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
romanzo tristissimo e pieno di grazia su un amore non vissuto che viene sublimato con la solitudine e la lettura. per sfuggire a un matrimonio quietamente infelice con un uomo più vecchio (non cattivo ma debole e impotente, che sprofonderà pian piano in un alcolismo senza speranza), la protagonista mary louise si rifugerà nel ricordo dell' amore fuggevole e inespresso con un cugino morto prematuramente e la malinconia inesorabile verrà confusa con la pazzia. non c'è ossessione in questo libro- m ...more
Daniel Polansky
I read this book.
Ilana
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Val
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booker-prizes
Farmer's daughter Mary Louise Dallon and drapery owner Elmer Quarry marry for reasons which do not include loving each other. She has long dreamed of leaving the impoverished farm and living in town. He wants to pass the business on to his future children. It soon becomes clear that this marriage of convenience suits neither of them. She retreats from the world into a mixture of fantasies, memories and books, and the attic or countryside away from both her husband's family and her own. (Her pare ...more
Bettie

0670845434 (ISBN13: 9780670845439)

hardback
one penny
pub 1991
irish
booker longlist
spring
tbr
mental health
families
period piece

A woman, not yet fifty-seven, slight and seeming frail, eats carefully at a table in a corner. Her slices of buttered bread have been halved for her, her fried egg mashed, the bacon cut.

A two film courtship:
1954

Lilacs in the Spring 1954

How book obsession can save your sanity. heh!

finished 13/05/2012

3* - Love and Summer
3* - Cheating at Canasta
3* - My House in Umbria
2* - The
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Foroogh
Apr 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"ویلیام ترور در آثارش به توصیف جنبه هایی از وضعیت انسان می پردازد.حال و هوای اغلب داستانهای او آکنده از اندوه و افسردگی است و شخصیت ها گرفتار ناکامی و سرخوردگی هستند.رمان تورگنیف خوانی که در سال 1999 نامزد جایزه بوکر شد وصف دختر جوانی است که در خانواده همسرش خود را غریبه می یابدو برای فرار از ازدواجی محکوم به شکست تظاهر به دیوانگی میکند..."از مقدمه مترجم
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Alan
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
1993 notebook: The usual economy and gentleness and look at scraps of life.
Natalia
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brit-lit
This novel was published in 1991, and it has aged well. 30 years later, it reads like an old favourite; somewhat faded in memory, and for that the more vivid in its intensity of smells, textures and colors once you choose to "reopen" it.
It is a story of an unequal marriage, and it is a story about telling stories, and entangling the others with your narrative. It deals with the intricacy of patterns, emerging as various stories intertwine with one another and with their pactical implications for
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Poornima
What a beautiful book. I wasn't impressed with 'The story of Lucy Gault' by Trevor and picked this one up rather reluctantly. I'm glad I did. The slow unfurling of depression is so beautifully captured.

The story switches between the present day of Mary Louise who is in an asylum for the mentally unstable and Mary Louise, 31 years before as a 25-year old. Mary Louise marries a man much older and drab, just to get to town and to be a part of his drapery store. That she had to marry for so less its
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Nick Jacob
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Moving and beautiful story of a young Irish woman trapped in a loveless marriage, which cleaves cleverfully to the trope of the madwoman in the attic.
Michael Pennington
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delicate
roxana
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Frumusetea tristetii sau cum sa te agati de un fir de fericire pentru a face fata vietii de nesuportat.
Teodora
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
all i can say is that i loved this book. let aside the conflictual situation between catholicism and protestantism, what really appealed to me was the diversity of emotions and situations in this book. mary louise dallon marries elmer quarry in an attempt to get rid of her single status, get closer to the city she had always dreamt about and also make her parents happy. ignoring the big age difference between her and elmer, mary louise finds herself trapped in a convenience marriage, having to d ...more
Mark Beyer
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous story by a writer whose nuanced prose takes you along like on a cloud (sometimes, then, a thundercloud).

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حسین نوروزپور
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
خواهر من نه دیوانه شد و نه خودش را به دیوانگی زد. او کمی با دیگران متفاوت بود و در سیستمی که همنوایی با جامعه یک ارزش محسوب میشود، متفاوت بودن یک ضدارزش است و کسانیکه آشکارا از همرنگ شدن با جماعت پرهیز میکنند توسط جامعه برچسب میخورند و تنبیه میشوند. گاهی برچسبها موجب میشود این افراد به انزاواهایی نظیر آسایشگاه روانی فرستاده شوند. البته مریلوئیس بهواسطه شرایطش از این قضیه استقبال کرد و حتا از ترک آسایشگاه خوشحال نبود و شاید همین قضیه بود که برخی را دچار این شائبه کرد که او خودش را به دیوانگی زده ...more
Laura McNeal
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Like Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Mary Louise Dallon is destroyed by a union with a man she knows she doesn't love, and like Tess, she seems unable or unwilling to fight against those who sacrifice her. For me, it seems entirely credible that she would find the world of her family, town, and church too large to question, and that she would take refuge in the love of her youth, the handsome invalid who shows her the pure, perfect love she might have had, an ideal form of romantic love that exists o ...more
Brett
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've seen it written somewhere that Trevor is the keenest observer of human behavior and their internal life alive today. That is certainly in evidence in this book. I love Trevor...the lonely expanses of intimacy known only to the protagonist...opened up for you to be sucked into. Once you transcend the Irish peculiarities of his dialect - the story flows like a sad poem. Top shelf weirdness brought on by the isolation of the small town life in what is easily the second world culture of mid-cen ...more
Lynne
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-2014
This novel reminds me of the title of a book about Zelda Fitzgerald by Kendall Taylor, "Sometimes Madness is Wisdom." Only here it might be said, "Madness is how to Survive:" "She arranges the soldiers in a battle she does not understand; she hangs the watch on the nail by the fireplace. Their voices join, entangled, reading about Russians."
Bogdan
Nov 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: brits
I really enjoyed the style of William Trevor and the way he builds his characters. Before reading other writings from this author I will need to read some more books from the classic russian writers. It seems that Trevor is highly influeced by them and I need to know in what degree before reading other works of Trevor.
My copy of this book is in romanian.
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William Trevor, KBE grew up in various provincial towns and attended a number of schools, graduating from Trinity College, in Dublin, with a degree in history. He first exercised his artistry as a sculptor, working as a teacher in Northern Ireland and then emigrated to England in search of work when the school went bankrupt. He could have returned to Ireland once he became a successful writer, he ...more