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Is it possible to tell the story of a generation and a city through the history of a restaurant?

Ella Brady thinks so. She wants to film a documentary about Quentins that will capture the spirit of Dublin from the 1970s to the present day. And Quentins has a thousand stories to tell: tales of love, of betrayal, of revenge; of times when it looked ready for success and time
Paperback, 403 pages
Published 2003 by Orion (first published 2002)
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Jan 22, 2009 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this one. There is a huge array of characters here, most of which are terrific. Unfortunately, though, the one whose story frames the rest is a complete nit. If only we could avoid her, this book would be beautiful!
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My first ever Bunchy.novel...I think I'm in love....I thought it would be a bit of a light read when i started the ebook, it had me hooked till the last page...
To be honest, I can't believe I even finished this book. The plot and sub plots were merely ok. Elle, the protagonist, drove me crazy! She was such a baby! She just whined and cried until she got what she wanted. And for her to think that her "love" was still in love with her was just a sad joke. If he loved her so much why did he up and leave taking every bit of money leaving her penniless?

I have decided that I have so many books that if I don't like a book by page150-200 I am giving up on it
This book is all about the daily life of a restaurant, “Quentin”, about its staff and customers. And… well… it was an "utterly boring read". A guy in his late 70’s, single/divorced, living alone would certainly enjoy this read. I can't believe, I even finished this book. :/

Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
(2.5 stars) This month's challenge was to read something 'light and fluffy' by an author you haven't read before. Maeve Binchy's Quentins fit the bill on every level. 'Light and Fluffy' is not my usual genre, nor will it become so, but I sort of enjoyed my fictional visit to Dublin through Binchy's eyes. It passed the time during a few long flights and long layovers this summer.
Ella is the perfect child, teenager and adult. She has every career option open to her. She is liked and admired by eve
Susan Decker
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
I can not believe I finished this book. The sub plots were okay, but the main plot was almost unbearable. Ella, the main character is a disgrace to all women. She proved herself to be a weak, vulnerable character, and everyone babied her when she finally got what she deserved. I screamed in frustration every time she pulled the "He still loves me" stunt. Come on! He fled the country with every penny of savings your family and friends had, Yeah. He still loves you, and he's SO worth waiting for. ...more
Anne L.
Oct 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
I’ve read other Maeve Binchy books and enjoyed them, so I kept giving this book chances to redeem itself; it never did. The story revolves around Ella Brady, a seemingly intelligent young woman with certain standards and values, who in chapter two starts doing stupid and illogical things. It was incredibly annoying. For example (spoiler alert), she sees nothing wrong with having an affair with a married man (after lambasting her friend for a similar indiscretion) and lying to her parents about i ...more
Jun 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Modern Ireland fans
Shelves: fiction, lite-lit, ireland
This is my first Maeve Binchy book and I was pretty pleased for the most part. I was finally drawn to her because of my affinity for all things Irish.

There are enough stories and fully-fleshed out characters to keep one entertained throughout. However, the main character, Ella, does such a disservice to womankind as I have ever met in literature. Trust me though, the larger story that unfolds (most of which she doesn't appear in) is a real gem. I definitely would read another Binchy book that s
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: top-author
Another fab book from Maeve Binchy. If you love Maeve then you'll love this - it has stories from EVERYONE in Dublin (lol) including loads of characters from other books. It's maybe a bit disjointed but it's split into different parts so you can know who's speaking.
Yes, it's a bit dated and Maeve had several themes she liked to do in every book so it is pretty repetitive but I don't care about that. Pure comfort read.
Apr 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ireland
Set in contemporary Dublin, Quentins tells the story of Ella Brady, a young woman who has fallen for The Wrong Man. The tale is both universal and timeless, but this time around there is the added elements of tax fraud, hiding out in Spain and The Mystery of the Laptop Computer. While great parts of this book are highly improbable, unrealistic and unnecessary, this book was a really great read. It isn’t the main characters that make it work, but the side characters (there are many, and some from ...more
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Maeve Binchy was born on 28 May 1940 in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland, the eldest child of four. Her parents were very positive and provided her with a happy childhood. Although she described herself as an overweight child, her parents' attitude gave her the confidence to accept herself for who she was.

She studied at University College Dublin and was a teacher for a while. She also loved travelin
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“Why should I apologise for being utterly honest from the start, telling you the score, telling you the truth, coming to meet your parents, calling them to say I was worried that you didn't answer your phone. Are these the actions of some kind of shit? No, I think they're what a man who loves you might do.” 0 likes
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