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Book Title: House of Splendid Isolation|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.15 MB
v The author of the book: Edna O'Brien
Date of issue: June 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780452274525
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Read full description of the books House of Splendid Isolation:O'Brien builds a puzzle, but once the pieces are all in place, she doesn't offer a solution. To do so would be trite. What she succeeds in doing is make clear the complexity of Ireland by giving her characters the space they need to become known and thus to become sympathetic. Not every single character is likable, but every character's impulses are understood (except perhaps for the Snoop). I wouldn't say they're dynamic--they don't change. Perhaps that's the point. Perhaps the situation in terms of people's convictions is static. At the end of this novel, no one's mind has been changed. But they all are humanized. That's a tricky thing.
O'Brien's protagonist, Josie, is the book's anchor, and her story alone would make a potent story, about the necessary marriage, marital violence, constrained sexuality, requisite procreation. But somewhere in every Irish story there is the issue of identity and independence. Seemingly at random, but of course not, it enters Josie's house in the person of Mac. They make a compelling story. The only thing that keeps me from rating the book a five-star read is the last page, the epilogue. For me, it adds nothing. For me, it detracts.
Read information about the authorEdna 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 Medal from University College Dublin, and a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Literary Academy. Her 1960 debut novel, The Country Girl, was banned in her native Ireland for its groundbreaking depictions of female sexuality. Notable works also include August Is a Wicked Month (1965), A Pagan Place (1970), Lantern Slides (1990), and The Light of Evening (2006). O’Brien lives in London.
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