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Objeto de amor

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  595 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Las mujeres retratadas en estos cuentos tienen el descaro de pedirle al amor mucho más de lo que sería razonable; sin embargo saben recoger con soltura lo que queda de los platos rotos en el suelo de una cocina, y siguen adelante con toda la energía que Edna O´Brien ha puesto en sus palabras y sus gestos.

Pocas veces las vemos resignarse a un matrimonio largo, donde los día
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 2018 by Lumen (first published 1968)
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Glenn Sumi
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Happy St. Patrick's Day, Goodreads! Read Edna O'Brien, why dontcha?



In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve decided to review a great big Irish book I finished last month that’s haunted me ever since. Edna O’Brien is a master of the short story. These 31 tales, written over half a century, are among the most passionate and memorable I’ve ever read. I know I will return to them over the years.

First a bit of background. I tend to take short story collections for granted, reading the stories over a few
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Michael
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Expansive and moving, the stories of Edna O’Brien’s The Love Object showcase the famous novelist’s talent for short fiction. As eclectic as these thirty-one stories are, ranging from the wistful and warmhearted to the melancholic and pensive, they consistently explore the rich inner lives of poised Irish women, young and old. Straightforward plots, candid narrators, and bittersweet endings intermix with the frank acknowledgment of sexual desire, regret over an irretrievable past, and ambivalent ...more
Perry
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inside: Love's Reality



The "inside" is "where a person loves from," it's "the reality, not what they say," said Hypocrites. While this could be deemed a universal truth, it seems poignant to the artist drawing a flesh-and-blood woman, for such a feminine creator must draw from within the woman so the reader can experience the "reality" of the woman's "love," her pain or the many other thoughts and feelings. I make a distinction here for creating a female character since she cannot be drawn from t
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Diane S ☔
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Edna O'Brien is an author I have always wanted to read but until now never have. Her first book Country Girls was banned in Ireland upon its release for its depiction of female sexuality. Her writing is elegantly descriptive and though their are a few stories I didn't really care for, there were some I absolutely loved.

The rug was one, a rug is unexpectedly delivered to a family, or is a beautiful purple rig and they spend time trying to guess who has sent this rug that they now all loves to
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Hanne
Last year, when I started dipping my toes into short stories, it was clear that there seem to be 3 grandmasters of the genre: Alice Munro, Grace Paley and Edna O'Brien. Discovering that the latter had a collection coming out that covers 5 decades of writing, I was literally jumping up and down.

You needn’t be a literary genius to understand why Edna O’Brien achieved Grandmaster-Status. It’s obvious from the get-go. She writes with enormous depth and elegance, and often needs but a few pages to ge
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Carla
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Huge collection of short stories by Ms. O'Brien doesn't miss a beat when writing about women, relationships, failures, grieving, subtle and large achievements. Each story is an original unto itself. I admit I did not read them all. Some I started, and quickly discarded. Wasn't my book, so I can't now go back and re-read those I didn't read, but I don't believe I have to. I've read her incredible work, I've loved her stories, and those that speak to me, and squeeze my heart are forever there. Tha ...more
Robert
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Love Object by Edna O'Brien is a thick collection of short stories that are surprising in their diversity but all attached in one way or another to the melancholy of being Irish. Here are family feuds, painful loves, poignant disappointments, and a few risky adventures beyond Ireland's shores, leaving the small towns, hamlets and farms of Ireland behind.

I don't know that I would call O'Brien a master of the short story form in the category of a Chekhov, Joyce, or William Trevor. In his intro
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Candice
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I individually rated each story as i was reading so thats how i got my score.
Irish Rev 5/5
The Connor Girls 4/5
Tough Men 4/5
A Scandalous Woman 1/5
The Rug 4/5
The Creature 5/5
The Doll 4/5
Sister Imelda 2/5
A Rose in The Heart of New York 4/5
The Love Object 5/5
Number Ten 5/5
Mrs Reinhart 3/5
The Mouth of the Cave 4/5
Green Georgette 1/5
Oft in the Stilly Night 4/5
What a Sky 3/5
Brother 5/5
The Widow 5/5
Storm2/5
Long Distance 4/5
Paradise 4/5
Lantern Slides 4/5
Shovel Kings 3/5
Madame Cassandra 5/5
Plunder 4/5
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Janille N G
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
The Love Object is a collection of short stories by Irish writer Edna O’Brien that I picked up on a total whim when I was in Indigo a few weeks ago. I haven’t tackled a short story collection in a very long time, but I have always been incredibly fond of the medium. Alice Munro (I think we can all agree this woman can do no wrong – makes me proud to be Canadian!) and Mavis Gallant are literary geniuses in my opinion, and when I dabbled in creative writing classes myself in university, I always c ...more
Michelle
"The Love Object: Selected Stories" (2012) authored by award winning author Edna O'Brien covers the directness and emotional depth related to marriage, extra marital affairs, estrangement and abandonment. Nearly all the complexities in the lives of young to middle aged Irish women are revealed in this masterfully written short story collection.

Martha, 30 years old is the same age as her lovers wife: in "The Love Object". As the affair continued, Martha felt no pity for his wife and seethed with
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Roberta
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk, 2013, short-stories
The Love Object è una raccolta di racconti della scrittrice irlandese Edna O'Brien, autrice anche della famosa trilogia delle ragazze di campagna. Questi racconti parlano tutti di donne, e il filo conduttore è il loro love object, oggetto d'amore, che in ogni storia è differente ma sempre magistralmente descritto. L'autrice ha una prosa lirica e particolarmente ammirevole nelle descrizioni della natura:

The frost lay like a spell upon the street, upon the sleeping windows, and the slate roofs of
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Susan Emmet
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Supple, sensual, heartbreaking, truthful, lyrical, musical - I find O'Brien's work amazing. This anthology, collected from her writing over many years, shows her spunk, wit, nerve, memory, focus, and sense of smell and sight and sound and feel.
Mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, religious fury and frenzy, couplings of all sorts, a bit of political/sociological concern, the yearnings for so much for self and country and church and faith.
I so loved so many stories, but won't go blow by blow.
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Deborah
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of 31 stories published over the last 50+ years. "Love" can be interpreted in various forms: not only husband and wife or two lovers, but also the love between a mother and her daughter, a teacher and his student, a woman and her dogs, a girl and her best friend, a man and his whiskey, and more. The stories run the gamut of what we'd expect from an Irish writer. We encounter nuns, drunks, society women, rebellious children, bullied wives, and flighty young girls. And yet O'B ...more
Diane
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first became aware of Edna O'Brien when I saw her painted portrait at the Dublin Writer's Museum this year. I had never read anything by her, but my Irish forebears were named O'Brien so I vaguely hoped we were related (O'Brien is the sixth most common name in Ireland--we aren't). When I picked up this 500-plus-page volume I said, "They're short stories. I don't have to read them all." I then proceeded to devour the entire book in short order. Why had I never heard of this writer--a cross betw ...more
Kathy Ross
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit I did not read every short story in this book - there are 31 - since it is a library book and I must return it today. But I read over half and each one was beautifully written and compelling. I would a few stories between other books and they were always a welcome distraction. The Love Object, The Rug & The Conner Girls are particularly memorable. Each story weaves a tale involving a complicated mother/child relationship, or romantic love, or a coming of age struggle. I'd like to re ...more
Rossy
Sep 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: one-star
I was bored out of my mind! I only liked one of the stories: The Rug.
Gini DeLora
Sep 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love the way she writes...BUT, I cannot recommend this book. A couple of the stories were wonderful and I do not care at all for others.
Karissa
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Really this is a 4.5 star collection of short stories. I felt like half of the stories were 5 star worthy and the other half 4 stars. I listened to this as an audiobook and enjoyed the variety of narrators. Now I definitely want to get a physical copy of the book to keep on my shelf and peruse the stories at leisure. Despite having "Love" in the title, I would never characterize this book as a romance, and not many of the stories end happily for the characters. I really connected with a lot of h ...more
BookBrowse
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Edna O'Brien's The Love Object is more than a short-story collection, it's an encyclopedia of perfect storytelling and a retrospective on the fifty-year career of a writer of exquisite finesse and pathos. O'Brien has taken a great deal of time over these small works of art. They are finely wrought pieces with vivid details, sparingly rendered. The sentences are buffed to a polish, the symbolic images (a green georgette evening gown, a mossy cave, an undercooked fowl) so finely worked, their sea ...more
kp
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Who knows anything anyhow." It is part of the uncapturable brilliance of Edna O'Brien that a story can end with this line--note the lack of question mark--and be exactly right. O'Brien breaks the heart but never the spirit, conjures at once self-deception and painful clarity, breaks the heart but only enough that it must carry on loving and hating its broken self. The characters' devastations and rebellions are the readers', like it or not, and the confluence of and contradictions between inner ...more
dina
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
O'Brien explores women's experiences with love: genuine, familial, and unrequited love, with some unhealthy infatuation in the mix as well. The highs and lows of each relationship she explores extend from a foundation of resignation or pending doom. Everything is under the surface - there aren't a lot of verbs, plot twists, or cliffhangers to drive the reader forward. Not a lot happenes outside of the protagonist's head. It's not a style I typically like, but O'Brien's prose held me through the ...more
Laura Hogensen
Edna O'Brien is a master of the short story. Reading her work gives one a window not only into Ireland, but into lives that aren't usually celebrated: rural women, housewives, mothers, young women trying to remake themselves and achieve more. O'Brien's work can be exhausting when read all at once, as I did, but I do recommend picking up a few of her stories and sprinkling them into whatever else you're reading.
Ronnie
I found it impossible to rate this book. I've read Edna O'Brien's autobiography and much of her fiction. Some of the stories in this collection felt dated - perhaps I had read them in an earlier collection. 500 pages of lives filled with bitterness and disappointment wore me down, despite the remarkable talent of the author.
Kay Wright
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely, long collection of short stories about Ireland. With few exceptions they do not intertwine but many of the characters are so similar to others in another story that the reader could consider it a continuation of the character's life. Over fifty years of stories by a master of story telling. Such a sence of place.
Lisa Hall
I just finished this book of short stories and to be honest, it got to be a slog. On the good side, this is an obviously talented author, adept at creating characters. She captures a certain time, place, mindset of Ireland past. But I don't recall a single truly happy ending. these are not people who I want to spend more time. I have no desire to explore her other works.
Jennifer
Received through FirstReads.
I was really excited about winning this, but ended up being really excited about finishing it. Loved the book by the author that I read last year. There were some very nice descriptive details in these stories, but it felt like work to read them.
Francesca Marciano
One of the best short stories collection I've read in years, it's all I need to say.
Maria
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short story collection is outstanding.
Vel Veeter
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A long, but curated story collection by the Irish writer Edna O’Brien, who like many who came before her (and I think Mavis Gallant is the best analog more so than an Alice Munro) split a lot of her time writing short fiction cataloging both the local from her own life and the international or cosmopolitan in her travels as a writer. In the opening introduction by John Banville, she is compared to Henry James in her international sensibility, and there’s not much to find fault there, but her for ...more
Rosie
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are eight short stories in The Love Object Stories by Edna O’Brien. The first short story is titled The Love Object. In this story, a divorced woman falls in love with a married man. Their short affair leaves her empty and confused. She wonders if he ever loved her or if she was just a woman he used to pass the time.

The Love Object was the longest of all of the short stories. I enjoyed it more than any of the other stories. I pitied the woman (her name is never given) and her empty life. H
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Edna O’Brien (b. 1930), an award-winning Irish author of novels, plays, and short stories, has been hailed as one of the greatest chroniclers of the female experience in the twentieth century. She is the 2011 recipient of the Frank O’Connor Prize, awarded for her short story collection Saints and Sinners. She has also received, among other honors, the Irish PEN Award for Literature, the Ulysses Me ...more

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