When All is Said
At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual -though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story.
Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the ...more
"I'm here to remember - all that I have been and all that I will never be again."
When All Is Said tells the life story of Maurice Hannigan. Now an elderly man, he sits alone in the bar of the Rainford House Hotel. Over the course of one evening, he raises toasts to five different people as he recounts the story of his life up until that moment. Like all lives, Maurice's has moments of pure happiness, moments of darkness and misery, mistakes made and things left unsaid. I think perhaps the qu ...more
I don’t drink much beer, let alone one “not from the fridge” and certainly not stout. I don’t like whiskey at all, but I wanted to be sitting at this bar in Irelan ...more
“I’m here to remember -- all that I have been and all that I will never be again.”
One night in Meath, Ireland at a hotel 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan makes five toasts to five people. In doing so, he recounts those who have shaped his life in the most important ways. His tribute to these five individuals reveals his accomplishments, regrets, and unwavering love for his friends, family, and his wife, Sadie.
This i ...more
Eighty four year old Maurice Hannigan is ready to say goodbye. All his affairs are in order, property sold, dog given to new owners, money in various accounts for various people, things given away, boxes packed with names of who gets the contents, everything done and sorted so he can enter a nursing home the next day. At least that is where he tells those in the know, that he is going.
There are five people whose memories he want to toast first though. One of ...more
84-year-old Maurice Hannigan takes a seat at a hotel bar in a small Irish town. Before the night is over, he will toast 5 people who made an impact in his life.
The thing I kept thinking about while reading is ...more
This is my second reading of this novel in a few months as it was chosen as our April sit in book club read and what a lovely re-read this book was. I started out listening to this one on Audio but the ...more
Gosh, I must have been under a rock for years ignorant of the high quality Irish fiction that I am gradually discovering. Maeve Binchy, Patricia Gibney, Tana French, John Boyne, and now newcomer Anne Griffin are some of the wonderful Irish authors I have been delighted to come across since joining Goodreads five years ago.
This book is shockingly a debut as a honey of a gem it is! It features Maurice, an 84-year-old Irish farmer, who has lost nearly everything and everyone ...more
this tenderly told and humbly crafted story has me falling in love with the irish culture and people all over again.
this is a story of love and loss, of beginnings and endings, of happiness and grief, of remembering and forgetting. it is a story of life and how beautifully painful it can be.
my heart is so full.
↠ 4.5 stars
I am becoming a huge fan of Irish stories and authors!
I loved 84 year old Maurice, who has lost his beloved wife 2 yrs ago, and isn’t doing well without her.
He plans a memorable night at a hotel bar that holds a personal history...and through the course of the night makes narrative toasts with a fine whiskey to five people, this followed by a stay in the honeymoon suite at the same hotel.
At each toast during this night, we find out the history of Maurice and the significance of each of these fiv ...more
Encouraged....Supported....and I'm guessing Inspired by John Boyne, Anne Griffin has given me my first SUPER FAVORITE of 2019.
Let's start with.....the home, nursing home, that is...."What poor widow or widower living alone out there hasn't dreaded its arrival."
Next.....meet Mr. Maurice Hannigan nicknamed 'Big Man' by his beloved older brother, and get ready to travel through his tumultuous...more
There’s something about reading an Irish novel that always feels a bit sad to me. Irish novelists really understand love and loss, or perhaps they are just super skillful about expressing it in words. Another thing I have noticed is that there are a lot of books out there right now that seem to focus on the condition of loneliness. It seems to be quite pervasive in the current world of disconnection with other indivi ...more
Tony, his beloved uncle, always supportive and giving him courage.
Molly, the ghost of a daughter, who becomes his voice and conscience* for what is right and wrong.
Doreen the beloved sister in law whose acceptance won him a place with his in-laws.
Kevin, the journalist and son, who he was very proud of but couldn’t express it.
And Sadie, the love of his life.
A reflecti ...more
Imagine you're on travel by yourself and you decide to spend an evening at a local pub. You're seated at the bar and one of the bar's patrons starts speaking—partially to you and partially to himself.
With nothing else to do, you listen to the man tell his stories. At first you're not sure what to make of it all, but little by little, you find yourself fairly engrossed in what he has to say. Sometimes his conversation is entertaining, sometimes it meanders a little too much, ...more
"I'm here to remember - all that I have been and all that I will never be again."
Well, this book came for my heart and honestly I was not expecting it!
Maurice Hannigan has lived a long life, he now sits in the bar of the only hotel in town to raise 5 toasts to 5 people who have impacted his life in some way.
I expected this to be slightly reminiscent of The Five People You Meet in Heaven but it had its differences and honestly I'm glad. I love The Five People You Meet in Heav ...more
Maurice Hannigan is 84 years old... sitting in the bar of the Rainsford Hotel in Ireland on a Saturday night in June. The hotel is part of Maurice’s history and his memories.
He planned his Saturday night.....had a clear purpose.....
a toast to his brother, daughter, son, sister-in-law, and wife ( who died two years ago).
I love the idea and significance of this book.
Maurice may have picked only 5 people to toast who have shaped his life but he also ...more
Maurice is stubborn man, though he is aware of his behavior and often acknowledges it. He has some regrets and is apologetic about them. In addition, he has endured his fair share of tragedy. As the story progresses, it becomes clear Maurice loves ...more
Before I even knew exactly what I was reading, who Maurice was, and what type of story he was telling me, he felt familiar. I connected instantly to him on a deeply resonant level, and that made the book for me.
I had to read When All Is Said in bits and chunks because it felt so personal. I thought of my grandparents and how they must have reflected on their lives. I thought of my late ...more
As a grumpy, reserved old man who has his quirks, absurd antics reminded me of Frederick Bachman’s Ove and my own father (that’s why a several times I had some cry breaks because I felt like he ...more
Anne Griffin is amazingly talented. She had me sitting in the bar with Maurice, listening to him make a toast at 84 years old to each of his five favourite people. Maurice had me laughing, crying, getting angry — including at him more than a few times — and shaking my head. Maurice grew up in a village near Dublin, and he never left. But he managed to get out of the poverty of his childhood, marry Sadie, have his son Kevin, and amass more than a few grudges and regrets ...more
I guess I am a total sucker for books about charming Irish men and 84 year old Maurice Hannigan is certainly charming. The whole book takes place between 6.25 pm and midnight on Saturday 7th June 2014, the second anniversary of the death of Maurice's much loved wife Sadie. He drinks ...more
Here we go again. While everyone else is sparkly happy because they’re seeing a zillion stars, I’m sort of grumpy, because all I can see in my sky are 3 stars, no matter how much I squint. Well, three-and-a-half stars, if I’m being fair. Sigh. Funny, the blurb and the glowing reviews are so good, they almost convince me that I loved the book. But then I get real—it wasn’t a wow for me, it just wasn’t.
This is the story of an old man named Maurice, who, while sitting on a barst ...more
this is self-reckoning at its finest.
here i am finally reviewing a book i read more than six months ago with the warning that because i read it six months ago, it’s going to be a review by someone with a sorta hazy memory of the book, trying to recall what i was thinking about, and what impression this one thing made on me way back before the world changed so much, but which i need to write in order to check off a “fi ...more
”A room is a still a room, even when there's nothin' there but gloom
But a room is not a house and a house is not a home
When the two of us are far apart
And one of us has a broken heart”
--A House is Not a Home, Luther Vandross, Songwriters: Burt Bacharach / Hal David
Maurice Hannigan has lived eighty-four years as this story begins, sitting at the bar of the Rainsford House Hotel, Co. Meath, Ireland. He’s there to raise a toast to five people, all members of his family, in ...more
I'll begin this review by explaining why I chose this book in the first place. To put it simply, the author is Irish. I have become an avid fan of the modern Irish authors of late, John Boyne (who endorsed this book), Liz Nugent and Tana French just to name a few, and this debut by Anne Griffin definitely shows promise. I don't know what they are putting in the stout over there but it's working.
This story involves a night at a bar with 80+ year old Maurice as he makes a toast to the ...more
What a heartwarming but also a heartbreaking story this is. A beautifully written story. An old man sits at the bar and toast th ...more
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Anne was awarded the Newcomer of the year at the Irish Book awards 2019 for her debut novel 'When All Is Said' which will be translated into 20 foreign languages.
Anne's second novel 'Listening Still' will be published in April 2021.