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The Country Girls (Country Girls Trilogy 1) [Paperback]

Edna O'Brien
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Book Description

5 Sep 2007 Country Girls Trilogy 1

It is the early 1960s in a country village in Ireland. Caithleen Brady and her attractive friend Baba are on the verge of womanhood and dreaming of spreading their wings in a wider world; of discovering love and luxury and liquor and above all, fun.

With bawdy innocence, shrewd for all their inexperience, the girls romp their way through convent school to the bright lights of Dublin - where Caithleen finds that suave, idealised lovers rarely survive the real world¿

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (5 Sep 2007)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0752881167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752881164
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A classic title in Edna O'Brien's Country Girls Trilogy - the first volume.

About the Author

Edna O'Brien is the author of 24 books. She was the winner of the 1993 Writers' Guild Prize for Fiction. In 2001 her novel, In the Forest - about a brutal murder on the west coast - caused a furore throughout Ireland and was the subject of a BBC Omnibus film.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Country Girls 26 Sep 2013
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A beautifully written, evocative description of life in Ireland before the 'economic boom' years. Very believable,particularly the first few chapters taking place in the country.
I was less impressed with the description of the last chapters about the Dublin life of the two friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Country Girls 21 May 2013
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An excellent story which I read many years ago and enjoyed again.

Reading experience marred by high price of such a short paperback which had loads of printing mistakes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ok 4 April 2013
By Helga
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Well written but was expecting more. I think the time this was published it would have been a little risque, but nothing as bad as the hype made it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Country Girls 18 Jan 2013
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I have been meaning to read this book for years. It did not disappoint. It is a snapshot of Ireland, which we hope has long gone. Very well written and fascinating to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well paced, well written and entertaining 14 July 2009
Sometimes this book reminded me of the comedy series "Father Ted" with its Irish sayings and Catholic innocence.
The story moves along really well. The writing is lyrical. It perfectly illustrates the complexities of female relationships. It's set in the 1960s, around my mother's coming of age years, and it really reminds me of the stories she tells of her girlhood.
Why only four stars? I didn't feel the story was enough, I needed more. But it is part of a trilogy, and I'm yet to read the others, so hopefully I won't be disappointed.
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By Tricia
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I'd already read The Girl with Green Eyes so didn't read in the right order. I know Edna O'Brien is well respected as an author and although readable and fairly enjoyable it didn't really grab me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but not in this edition 14 Aug 2012
I have just re-read 'The Country Girls' (in the Orion/Phoenix edition) as I have included it in one of my recommended reading lists. I was amazed to find that every time I picked it up, I would come across typographical errors. I found this extremely irritating, and wonder how I can promote a historical and literary fiction (Orion Group's description) title with so many mistakes in it. Even the blurb on the back cover is incorrect, setting the book in the early 1960s, when it is apparent from the text (assuming that is correct) that it is the early 1950s. 1950s would be much more likely than the 1960s as the book's original publication date is 1960 and it doesn't read as though it is set in the future. (This misinformation has also translated to booksellers' descriptions). I hope Orion now has some better proof-readers in place!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing dairy of a teenager 31 Mar 2014
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Disappointing because Edna O'Brien is a successful author, and yet this book is not up to the standard I expected - it's cliche-ridden , seems hardly edited, like it's the first draft. The characters don't have much depth, and there's not much of a plot. Maybe the book is famous because it was one of the first to describe a young life in Ireland at that time?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL GREAT 40 YEARS ON
Read this book 40 years ago. still wonderful, although the past 40 years has made me look at it in a different light.
Published 5 months ago by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
This trilogy represents some of the very best of 20th century Irish fiction. Ireland in the late 50's early 60's was not a pleasant estate. Read more
Published 8 months ago by RobertBurgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, cheeky, wistful
A wonderful evocation of the experience of young girls in Ireland in the fifties. I love Ms O'Brien's original fresh view on the world.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs DW McHale
1.0 out of 5 stars couldnt get in to it
I could not just get in to this book. I found it difficult to get in to and gave up reading it. I dont think i quite think i am a fan of Edna O'Brien writing.
Published 16 months ago by ireadnovels
1.0 out of 5 stars A whole plot revolving around people you would not want to meet
I read this because it was the only book I had with me and there was nothing else to do, otherwise I would have binned it shortly after the beginning. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Katie
1.0 out of 5 stars Typos & errors
Bought as a present. Two typos in first 50 pages, 'mc' instead of 'me' and 'Declaim' instead of 'Declan'! Requesting a refund. Very poor edition. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MRug
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical
A beautiful and lyrical book. First read in the sixties ? And re-reading as a pick me up . The prose is just rich and gorgeous. Lovely a real feast .
Published 19 months ago by Margaret Dixon
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