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Saints and Sinners [Kindle Edition]

Edna O'Brien
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A woman walks the streets of Manhattan and contemplates with exquisite longing the precarious affair she has embarked on, amidst the grandeur and cacophony of the cityscape; a young Irish girl and her mother are thrilled to be invited to visit the glamorous Coughlan's but find - for all the promise of their green gorgette, silver shoes and fancy dinner parties - they leave disappointed; an Irishman in north London retraces his life as a young lad with his mates digging the streets and dreaming of the apocryphal gold, an outside both in Ireland and England, yet he carries the lodestar of his native land.

A collection characterised by all of Edna O'Brien's trademark lyricism, powerful evocations of place and a glorious and an often heart-breaking grasp of people and their desires and contradictions.

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'Fine collection ... it is magnificent when a writer in her eighties can produce a collection of stories so sad yet so fresh and alive that you'd think their author were just setting out.' -- Sunday Times

'Extraordinary ... Saints and Sinners proves yet again that [O'Brien] is ahead of the curve.' -- Evening Standard

'Subversion is what catapulted Edna O'Brien to literary stardom an incredible half century ago and, at the top of her game, she can still cut the ground from under your feet.' -- The Times

'THE grande dame of Irish letters' latest collection of short stories - 11 pearls beautifully strung - evokes both verbally and visually the grace and fine poise of the likes of Patrick Kavanagh, whose weary stoicism finds perfect balance in writing of Ireland "it would never be spring, always autumn / After a harvest always lost." ... The lyrical and moving melancholy behind these potent themes is illuminated by O'Brien's lightness of touch. She exhibits a storyteller's memory for the small detail and a confiding narrative stride which makes for joyous reading.' --Scotland on Sunday

'[The stories] command an impressive breadth and reach, communicating volumes to the reader even when O'Brien's characters say very little.' --Sunday Business Post


"Half a century after her incendiary debut novel...Edna O'Brien still holds her place as a revealer of the nation's soul. She shows its 'maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious' character, in this latest elegant, uncluttered collection, to have a remarkable, tragic forbearance for suffering...In a lovely flourish, O'Brien scatters her stories with small, beautifully-tended and thrillingly described gardens, as lush as they are sweet-smelling. Some sit on the fringes of the story, others offer respite for characters who stumble across them in passing, but they emerge time and again like little plots of makeshift Edens for the fallen."--Arifa Akbar, "Independent" (London)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 349 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571270328
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction (17 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,502 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edna O'Brien on top form! 14 April 2011
Edna O'Brien writes like an angel. Not a word is wasted, not a heartstring left untugged. This book is one that I shall read and re-read, and I am sure that each time I will get more out of each superbly-crafted story. As both a novelist and short-story writer she is unsurpassed. Excellent, and heartily recommended to anyone who appreciates sheer quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpice 5 Mar. 2011
I have been an avid reader of Edna o'Brien Novels and short stories for over twenty years, her latest collection is outstanding you can smell the turf and porter as you turn over the pages. Her insight into the human heart in all it's forms is the work of a literary genius. I urge everyone with the tiniest strand of compassion to read this book,your heart is made of stone if you fail to be moved.A masterpiece
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saints & Sinners by Edna O'Brien 4 April 2014
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Wonderfully perceptive and descriptive atmospheres
of people and places interacting in a series of almost
Joycean vignettes about real life London and rural Ireland.
She's a sure fire winner/ author each time she puts
her hard won and hard wrought thoughts down on the page!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to dip into 6 April 2011
By Teacher
This is a collection of excellently written short stories from a great author. They are not action packed and there are no car chases, but the writing is good quality and interesting. It is an excellent book to dip in and out of if you have only short bursts of time to spend relaxing with a good book - the short journey to work or even a trip to the bathhroom - come all; we all read on the toilet! I bought the book after listening ton interview with Edna O'Brien on the radio and have loved it. I can fully recommend it to anyone that likes good literature and relaxing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Saints and Sinners - Review by R J Coward 13 Mar. 2014
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I was frankly disappointed in this collection but that is a chance you take with writers. I think that it fell below the writer's usual high standards. Nevertheless, I was pleased to read it but I did not actually take much from it. I wonder if the writer was aware of the falling off of her powers. Hopefully her "muse" will return and she can further delight us.
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