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In this brilliant novel, a man searches for the truth about his parentage. His grandmother was a flamboyantly bad actress at the Abbey Theatre, married to a Free State hero. Slowly he uncovers more of his history. The pieces of the past begin to fit together, and the truth of his family is revealed...
Paperback, 275 pages
Published January 3rd 2005 by John Murray (first published December 28th 1980)
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A. Mary
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: irish-novels
There are some wonderful reviews of this book, and I did enjoy the early pages very much, but as the narrative rolled on, I began to feel as though I had missed some pivotal sentence or two early on that would have anchored me. Unfortunately, while I persevered and got to the end, I don't know how the story got there.
Rose
Mar 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry, but I just couldn't get into this book. After 70 pages I just had to put it down in frustration, not understanding much of what the writer was trying to convey.
Glen
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
If you like impressionistic writing with rhetorical flourish and great style, then this may be a book for you. If however you are like me and like a plot with a good bit of action and movement, then you will probably find this novel frustrating and ultimately disappointing. I think Jordan wanted the family drama at the center of this book and the dramatic troupe's importance (symbolically at least) in the early days of the Irish Free State to reflect one another in a more epic vein, but I didn't ...more
Kevin
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Of all the Neil Jordan books I've read, this was my least favorite. That being said, I still enjoyed it and a couple of the early scenes will remain with me for a very long time.
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