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The Valley Of The Squinting Windows (1920)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Valley of the Squinting Windows is a classic Irish novel set in central Ireland c. 1914–16. Garradrimna is a tiny village where everyone is interested in everyone else's business and wishes them to fail. Twenty years before the events of the book, Nan Byrne has a relationship with a local man, Henry Shannon, hoping to marry him for his wealth. She falls pregnant but Henry ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published November 3rd 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1918)
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Kieran Walsh
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story is about Nan Brennan, who’s determined to have a priest for a son. His return from seminary one Summer introduces a rancid history in a small Irish town in the early years of the twentieth century. Years earlier the beautiful Nan Brennan, in an attempt to marry the only eligible man in Garradrimna (Henry Shannon), becomes pregnant, and after believing her newborn has died (or murdered) emigrated to England and marries another man. (Henry Shannon, in turn, marries another woman). Foolis ...more
Michelle Moloney King
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A look at the country people of Ireland and their sinister ways. It's a Ireland that I'm familiar with and there are pockets that still act the same way. ...more
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Cat Tobin
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A tragedy so epic it belongs to the time of centuries ago, this is a tale of narrow-minded people in a narrow-streeted village, and the varied and awful ways their greed and pride brings them to a tragic end. Innocent victims are caught up in the tornado of hubris, to be discarded, battered and broken, later in the book. The plot is abominable, the characters are abominable, and the resolution is surely deserved by everyone it falls on...and yet, the novel frames everything in the context of Iri ...more
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Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story set in a small Irish town. A cast of self-centered, devious, miserable, neighbors. The main character is a young man studying to be s priest. The story revolves around his relationships: his mother, a buddy, and a love interest. A lot of drinking. A lot of gossip. A lot of secrets Oh my! A study of the “seven deadly sins!”

I read this book after an Irish priest mentioned it in a sermon. The 100 year old writing and Irish vernacular makes for a slow read. This is an extremely dark tragic t
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Anne
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Small town Ireland of the last century. Attitudes that were typical of the times.
Iuliana Naughton
Fascinating book! If it is indeed true, I am not surprised it was banned!
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