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Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
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Aug 21, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: irish-literature, contemporary-writers, 2-own-hard-cover
Recommended to Lisa by: reviews
Recommended for: Edith Wharton & Henry James readers

Paced to perfection, this book recounts the quiet day to day life of a young girl who has emigrated from Ireland to the United States in the 1950s. Eilis has her ups, her downs, her sadnesses and joys. Moments of confusion, irritation, guilt. While two loomingly significant events frame this book, her emigration and her return to Ireland when she receives devastating news from home, it is the little moments told without fanfare, just with a loving matter-of-factness, that make this book the treasure that it is and a great joy over which to linger.
Following as the shy Eilis slowly emerges from a cocoon of uncertainty and drabness, coming into her own, no longer overshadowed by her confident, beautiful elder sister is one of the real beauties of the book. This is not a book for anyone who needs thrills and chills, but rather for readers who desire a closely rendered portrait of a young woman in the slow journey to herself.

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Reading Progress

August 21, 2010 – Shelved
Started Reading
February 5, 2011 – Finished Reading
February 14, 2011 –
page 160
February 15, 2011 –
page 200
76.34% "Wistful"
March 1, 2011 – Shelved as: irish-literature
March 1, 2011 – Shelved as: contemporary-writers
September 26, 2015 – Shelved as: 2-own-hard-cover

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