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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (24 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571269435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571269433
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[An] exemplary, pin sharp memoir.' --Sunday Times

'Edna O'Brien is a bewitching and remarkable talent.' --Helen Davies, Sunday Times

'Get ready to applaud, ladies and gentlemen, because there is no one like her. O'Brien, in her 80s, may look like an icon and talk like an icon, but she writes like the thing itself.' --Guardian
'Wonderful, crystalline and true.' --Observer

'An emotional roller-coaster of a book.' --Spectator

'Edna O'Brien's Country Girl shimmers with heart, soul and literary brilliance.' --Arifa Akbar, Independent, Books of the Year
'Compelling. [O'Brien] tells a story that is wild and thoughtful, full of glamour and considerable pain... riveting... [O'Brien] presents what amounts to a personal history of the past half century.' --Mail on Sunday

'The entire narrative leaves you with an enchanted feeling of having been drawn into a life of great internal richness.' --Irish Independent

'A terrific, gripping read.' --Irish Times

'Get ready to applaud, ladies and gentlemen, because there is no one like her. O'Brien, in her 80s, may look like an icon and talk like an icon, but she writes like the thing itself.' Guardian
'Wonderful, crystalline and true.' --Observer

'An emotional roller-coaster of a book.' Spectator

'Compelling. [O'Brien] tells a story that is wild and thoughtful, full of glamour and considerable pain... riveting... [O'Brien] presents what amounts to a personal history of the past half century.' Mail on Sunday

'The entire narrative leaves you with an enchanted feeling of having been drawn into a life of great internal richness.' Irish Independent
'A terrific, gripping read.' --Irish Times

'Get ready to applaud, ladies and gentlemen, because there is no one like her. O'Brien, in her 80s, may look like an icon and talk like an icon, but she writes like the thing itself.' Guardian
'Wonderful, crystalline and true.' --Observer

'An emotional roller-coaster of a book.' Spectator

'Compelling. [O'Brien] tells a story that is wild and thoughtful, full of glamour and considerable pain... riveting... [O'Brien] presents what amounts to a personal history of the past half century.' Mail on Sunday

'The entire narrative leaves you with an enchanted feeling of having been drawn into a life of great internal richness.' Irish Independent
'A terrific, gripping read.' --Irish Times

'Get ready to applaud, ladies and gentlemen, because there is no one like her. O'Brien, in her 80s, may look like an icon and talk like an icon, but she writes like the thing itself.' Guardian
'Wonderful, crystalline and true.' --Observer

'An emotional roller-coaster of a book.' Spectator

'Compelling. [O'Brien] tells a story that is wild and thoughtful, full of glamour and considerable pain... riveting... [O'Brien] presents what amounts to a personal history of the past half century.' Mail on Sunday

'The entire narrative leaves you with an enchanted feeling of having been drawn into a life of great internal richness.' Irish Independent
'A terrific, gripping read.' --Irish Times

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Edna O'Brien's Country Girl is an astonishingly honest and compelling memoir from one the greatest names in twentieth century literature.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Fawcett on 8 Nov. 2012
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I enjoyed the early parts of the book, the reminiscences about O'Brien's childhood, the conflict of being a young woman ahead of her time, incurring the wrath of her family, the church and Irish rural society. The later parts were a little vague at times, as if the writer, having decided, under pressure, to finally write her autobiography, was reluctant to do so. She certainly does not lay her emotions bare before us, or to share an in-depth view of her take on life. It might have been better for O'Brien to have written another novel instead. I am going back to re-read her earlier work.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Elayna Winters on 27 Sept. 2012
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I couldn't put this down when I got it and as I am under doctor's orders to rest, it was great to do so and not feel guilty. I first read Edna O'Brien when I was young and before my children arrived. I loved it and bought the rest. Her later books did not do it for me but I loved this biography. I'm Irish and there was so much I recognised from my grandmother's stories in Rural Ireland. She was a great beauty and is still elegant and witty, but most of all she is a wonderful wordsmith.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth C. Nichols on 12 Oct. 2012
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i have waited eagerly for this book to be published, I consider Edna o'brien to be an exemplary writer who is responsible for my love of literature. she tells her story, of her life, with honesty and vividness and to read it has been a joy. She writes with such depth and from the soul. you follow her through chapters of her school days, home life, first feelings of love and can see how through observations of others and of nature, how her descriptions come alive. I think Edna lives in the present, in the true sense of the word, not many people observe to the degree of awakening the senses. She remains true to herself and a gift to the reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 July 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed Edna O'Brien's memoir, partly because it is so vividly written and also because it makes interesting narrative choices. It's progress is broadly chronological, and she can be quite specific about dates, but in the middle, after the end of her marriage in the mid-60's, she becomes less specific about the times of the events that she is narrating, and I think we're to understand by this that she doesn't intend her readers to see her life as having a "shape" imposed upon it by the writer. The states of mind of which she is capable are, one assumes, more important to her than some false myth of coherence. As a result, the chapters have something of the independence of short stories, and given their treatment of the erotic life and the vagaries of the literary life, one can perhaps see why a writer like Alice Munro admires her. Stylistically, though, O'Brien is much more expressive than Munro and is capable of lyricism in her writing, particularly about nature and elemental forces, that Munro doesn't attempt. All that said, however, the early chapters, which are the most explicitly chronological, might be said to give us "an Irish childhood," in which the awareness of certain stereotypes lurks in the background but which, thanks to the specificity of the memories, never are allowed to reduce her experience or her writing to something "typical."

It's important to keep these qualities of lyricism and specificity in mind when responding to what some reviewers call O'Brien's "name-dropping": her stories of time spent with Jackie Onassis, Hillary Clinton, Robert Mitchum, Paul McCartney and others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Mar. 2013
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A fascinating person but in this autobiography Edna O'Brien flits through her life, never landing long enough to tell us the whys and the wherefores. I feel she has tried to cover too much ground and cram it into a reasonably-sized book. I bet she has enough material for several volumes. Ultimately, I don't feel I know her any better now than I did before.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Fallon on 25 Oct. 2012
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This has come at quite an apt time as I have had the great pleasure of seeing Edna O'Brien in conversation last night as part of a Literature Festival at UEA(Norwich University)and got my copy signed by her. I have waited a long time for this memoir and wasn't disappointed, it's not like the usual autobiographies with lots of specific detail going back in history, but all the better for it, in my opinion. The title "Country Girl" gives you a clue as this goes back to her earliest novels and it's a time in her life she goes back to again and again as it formed the person she became in later life, I feel. I think this book will build on what fans probably already know about her character more than anything, as that is what makes her such a great writer and a lover of language. There is no one quite like her and I love her independent and take no prisnors attitude to life and love!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Book Witch on 9 July 2013
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I was lucky enough to be sitting near to Edna O'Brien at a recent literature festival and she was holding the whole room spellbound with an anecdote about Philip Roth. She's a natural raconteur - the gift of the Irish, some would say.

I've always loved her writing - her first book The Country Girls (Country Girls Trilogy 1) was part of my growing up. But I haven't read anything of hers for some years. So this autobiography intrigued me. I found the first part of it gripping and saddening - the cruelty and emotional manipulation of young people in the name of religion makes me very angry. Her mother was a martyr and her father was an alcoholic. Between them and the nuns she grew up insecure and ill-equipped for life in the real world.

An early, disastrous marriage to a control freak who was also an author almost destroyed her. When she wrote her first novel and it was a runaway success, her marriage ended. 'You can write, and I will never forgive you,' he told her after he had read her book. She had to fight a three year court battle to get her children back.

But after the intensity of these first chapters, the narrative slips away into reminiscence. Memories go backwards and forwards in time and the reader is left looking for connections. There are some wonderful anecdotes - seductions by film stars, Princess Margaret dropping in for parties - but it lacks a structure. I loved the writing - she is as lyrical as ever and I can hear her voice as I read the prose.

A flawed book, but she's always worth listening to.
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