The Good People
From the bestselling author of the multi-award-winning Burial Rites
County Kerry, Ireland, 1825.
The fires on the hills smouldered orange as the women left, pockets charged with ashes to guard them from the night. Watching them fade into the grey fall of snow, Nance thought she could hear Maggie's voice. A whisper in the dark.
"Some folk are born different, Nance....more
......,"Nora, I'm sorry for your trouble" is a phrase repeated many times by many of the different people in the community. The Irish speak funny! Ha!
Nora Leahy"s husband has died. It's the 1820's in Ireland. NOT FUNNY....simply interesting language for this American girl. Immediately I noticed the writing by Hannah Kent. It feels richly texture---plus I was looking up expressive unfamiliar vocabulary words....
such as skib, spaniel, and rath, fios sig ...more
and reading this story is coming to know the unknown tale of nance roche, her and her small villages belief in superstition, and the tragic consequences because of it.
slowly building word upon word, line upon line, a living, breathing story emerges from the pages of this book. the writing is quite outstanding. every word transported me straight to a rural parts of ireland, during those bleak months leading into t ...more
Hannah Kent’s ”The Good People” is a tale of the lore and superstitions of Ireland in the 1800s, a place and time where fairies are seen in a different light, not the Disney-fied images of Tinker Bell, or even the “god motherly” Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. Magical, tiny, helpful beings, if occasionally impish and prone to temperamental outbursts like Tink. A tale of those who believe in fairies and superstitions, and a tale of those who seek to eradicate this belief, the Catholic Church not w ...more
The Good People by Hannah Kent is an impeccably researched story set in Ireland in 1825 and readers interested in pagan traditions and herbal medicine of the time may well enjoy reading this second novel by Hannah Kent. I was however disappointed with character development and the plot of this story
The novel is set in County Kerry in 1825 in a remote valley lying between the mountains of south-west Ireland,near the Flesk river of Killarney, three women are brought together by strange and troubl ...more
It is 1825 in Ireland an ...more
Nora's husband Martin has died suddenly leaving her to care for their deceased daughter's child (Michael) on her own. The child is not a healthy one. He once walked and talked like any healthy toddler then one day her son-in-law showed up at Martin and ...more
Again the book is based on a real life story and this time is carried along on the superstitions and beliefs of Irish country folk with very little education and a long history of believing in fairies, the Good People of the title. Not that there is any good about them since they are blamed for every bad thing that happens from sickness ...more
1. I fell in love with Hannah Kent's Burial Rites shortly after it was published. This book has been languishing on my WTR list for a long time. I finally grabbed the bull by the horns and borrowed it from the library; and,
2. August is my "As the Spirit Moves Me Month".
1. once again, Kent uses an atmospheric setting to create a bleak mood, this time among the mountains, valleys and forests of 1825-26 southwestern Ireland;
2. well drawn-out characters - Nance ...more
The grief was etched deeply on Nóra Leahy’s face as she stood in shocked disbelief beside the body of her husband Martin. After losing their daughter Johanna earlier in the year, Nóra hadn’t thought things could get worse. But now with both her husband and daughter gone, the burden of caring for her four year old grandson Micheál, the boy who wasn’t right in the head; couldn’t speak or walk – fell solely on her shoulders. Her shame had her hiding the child away – the gossips of the town wou ...more
“It was not the time to tempt the Devil or the fairies. People disappeared on Samhain Eve. Small children went missing. They were lured into ringforts and bogs and mountain sides with music and lights, and were never seen again by their parents.”
Samhain Eve was ‘celebrated’ in old Celtic times as the liminal space between the seasons as they were going into winter. It is also the boundary between old and new, seen and unseen, this world and the other world. It is probably the origin of Hallowe ...more
Nice touches: the blending of true herbal wisdom and folk beliefs. The way people will believe in whatever works best for them, whether it is the methods of the handy woman or the magicking of holy water finicked ar ...more
What happens here in this story, the tale's plot, how it is told and the in ...more
The Good People, her 2nd novel, is both similar and different than her first. Based on true events in County Kerry in 1826 Ireland, Kent takes us to a long ago society with misconceived beliefs similar to the background in Burial Rites. Unfortunately, I didn’t ...more
This is a beautifully written sad tale with characters that jump from the page. Hannah Kent has an innate ability to conjure up times and places and put the reader right in the middle of everything.
This might be historical fiction but much is based on fact.
Ever since human beings set foot on this planet one and a half million or 8 thousand years ago, depending on your religious predilections, we have had a need to believe in the unbelievable. F ...more
If you enjoy historical fiction, that book is a must read. ...more
Another quality read from Hannah Kent. With her first novel Burial Rights and now the Good People, this lady sure knows how to tell an unhappy story!
The Good People are fairies and belief in them and their tricks were integral to 19th century life in Ireland, sitting, perhaps uncomfortably, along side Catholicism.
Kent has done her research and her story is based on true events. The superstitions described are so interesting: cutting the corner from bread before eating to let the devil ...more
The story itself is atmospheric and so compelling and drowns you to it.
Besides dealing with superstitious in that old days, it also deals with grief, embarrassment and fear of the unknown.
The debt that the author provides in all her characters is very detailed as the research you unde ...more
I think the best way to describe this book is UNSETTLING.
It's basically about superstition in rural Ireland in the 1820s. Nora's daughter died prior to the beginning of the book, leaving Nora and her husband with the care of their disabled grandson. When Nora's husband dies too, word starts to spread that the child isn't natural, is a changeling, is cursing them all.
As with Burial Rites, it's inspired by actual events. I felt for the characters throughout, but I also wanted to bang ...more
The Good People are the fairies, and in this particular time and location in Ireland, they were apparently both believed in and feared. The book opens with the death of Martin Leahy, leaving his wife, Nora, alone with a grandson who is suffering from an undefined wasting illness, believed by many to indicate that he is not her grandson at all but a fairy changeling. Nance Roche is an herbalist and spellcaster (a “handy woman”) who is believed to have congress with the fai ...more
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