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Echoes [Kindle Edition]

Maeve Binchy
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A wonderful love story from the bestselling author of Light a Penny Candle and Circle of Friends.

Growing up in a small seaside town in the 1950s, Clare O'Brien and David Power shout their hearts' desired into the echo cave, praying that their destiny will lead them faraway from the town in which they live.

Years later they meet again in Dublin, where DAvid is studying medicine and Clare has won a scholarship to University College. But eventurally Castlebay will draw them back and it is against a backdrop of empty grey skies, sea-spray and wind that this drama of ambition, betrayal and love finally reaches it turbulent conclusion.

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"The Castlebay Mave Binchy creates is a marvelous place!"--"The New York Times Book Review" "Laughter and tears: it's what Binchy does best."--"San Francisco Chronicle Book Review" "Maeve Binchy is a grand storyteller... she writes from the heart."--"The Plain Dealer" (Cleveland)

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A dramatic story of love and betrayal played out against the backdrop of the Irish coast by the No.1 bestselling author of MINDING FRANKIE. Abridged edition, read by Kate Binchy

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Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the IRISH TIMES. Her first novel, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, including TARA ROAD. Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Binding Ties 3 Sept. 2013
By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
An excellently told Irish saga-ette, just what you need on a cold night in with a nice glass of something. You'll get totally hooked on this, though, nothing will distract you.

Maeve Binchy does what she does best here: tells an engagingly interwoven story about the lives and careers of a couple of children from Castlebay. In the 1950s boys went into good, solid professions like their fathers and girls stayed at home and got married. Clare is the one who's not going to settle for that, it's secondary school and university for her, even if that means secret studying with her teacher and fighting the pressure to help run the family grocer's shop.

All goes swimmingly as far as university, but then fate kicks in and life takes a more traditional turn - marriage and children.

The author explores the tensions within families in a small community and shows that traditions may still assert themselves in spite of every effort to escape them.

Castlebay almost becomes a character itself: head of a family over which it exerts control. It is so recognisable of those growing seaside resorts of the 50s and 60s, as well as the type of place where everyone knows everyone else's business and each type fits in somewhere.

A good relaxing read.
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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This is the first Maeve Binchy book I read and it has certainly made me impatient for more. Its not like reading its like watching all the events hapenning right before your eyes. The book tells the story of a young girl, her hopes, dreams and her determination and struggle to succeed. It is a bitter sweet romance that will make you want to reach out and comfort the character. If you take the time to read this book, you have my word you will not be disapointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Echoes by Maeve Binchey 3 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this book while on holiday and couldn't put it down. I was excited to find out what happens at the end. A good read about Irish life in the sixties. I'd recommend.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unusually dark for Maeve Binchy 28 Dec. 2010
The village of Castlebay is a tiny little place atop some cliffs on the coast of Ireland. In the summer visitors flock to the little caravan park and the houses for rent, but in the winter the place is deathly quiet. In the late fifties three restless children grow up together in Castlebay: Clare, the daughter of the shopkeeper, who works and works to earn a scholarship to college; David, the son of the doctor, destined to follow in his father's footsteps but dreaming of much more; and Gerry, dark and gypsy-like, and a total heart-breaker. Echoes follows their stories as they intertwine over the next decade - they all manage to break free of the paths set by their parents, but will they ever escape the echo of their past?

I read Maeve Binchy for the comfort - the falling into a different pace of life, where villagers gossip to each other, and often marrying right is the only ambition a girl might have. At the same time as being slightly frustrated at the backwards attitudes on show, I like to reflect on how such a short time ago abortions were completely taboo, women didn't study and classes mattered so much more than they do these days.

Echoes is a different breed of Binchy - rather than the usually uplifting and ultimately hopeful tale she tells, this is a dark and disturbed tale in the most part. The ending is truly tragic and few of the characters are very likable.

I struggled to read to the end - it felt akin to watching Eastenders or Coronation Street (unnecessarily bleak and gloomy). When your escapist go-to comfort read is a little too much like real life, it becomes less escapism and more realism.

Having said that, I enjoyed Binchy's portrayal of life in what seems to be a foreign land.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Echoes 16 Oct. 2008
I think the great thing about Binchy is her unpredictable endings, this is no exception. Again Binchy gives a great insight to Irish life and the witty Irish attitude!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - one of her best 9 Dec. 2009
Echoes and The Glass Lake are my favourite Maeve Binchy books. I love the warmth. I love the way she tracks changes in Irish society. Any social historian interested in Ireland could read her books in sequence and find out a great deal. Earlier books, like Echoes etc much better than the later ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good Binchey read 30 Sept. 2009
I have read many of Maeve Binchey's books over the last 5 years. This is another in a long line of substantial stories, describing the life of a small Irish town. Hopes and fears, success and failure, happiness and sadness, it's all there. A great insight to fifties and sixties Ireland
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maeve Binchy book "Echoes" 12 Sept. 2012
By bernie
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Echoes is another great fine book by the late great Maeve Binchy with believeable characters and a main story supplemented with many well connected strands. Well worth the modest price and will be read over and over again - the litmus test of a great book.
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