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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 47 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 11 Jun. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQDGM8
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Apparently this book has sold by the hundreds of thousands on the back of all the initial praise, in which case there must be a hell of a lot of disappointed people out there.
The Gathering is a story based in Ireland in the winter of 1968, that captures a symbolic journey through the difficulty of bereavement, alcoholism and religion, aspects of normality for the Hegarty family. Central character, Veronica Hegarty unveils the uncertainty of her existence and darkness behind her middle class lifestyle following the emotional turmoil her sibling's suicide has thrown her into. Not only does this grief create a consistent realism throughout the novel, but as a reader entitles a stronger attachment to the binding family. Caught in a dysfunctional state of sexual history, Veronica becomes a more intriguing character, who refuses to accept her past so lives through fictional or warped memories of her beloved Grandmother, Ada Merriman. A way of life that can only reiterate the redemption that defines her.
Although the writing technique throughout The Gathering lacks concise structure, it enforces the messy attributes within the story as Anne Enright has not only written in a melancholy form, but integrated a humorous and quirky storyline to lower pretentiousness. Her literary approach delves into Veronica's petulant perspective of loneliness and the jigsaw of generations she grew up alongside. Visualising her upbringing and the accuracy of description within this novel makes it so authentic it is almost uncomfortable.Read more ›
There was no real story to this book I found and although I could empathise with some of Veronica's feelings concerning her children and her siblings the whole thing was just a bit too odd and strange to make it a worthwhile read.
Can't think how it did win the Booker prize - who nobbled the judges!
This reader's frustration with The Gathering was amplified by the fact that it starts wonderfully and raises expectations to a level that it ultimately disappoints. There's no doubting Enright's 'technical' writing skills, and she has a particular way with metaphor, and a dark humour runs through her work. The opening chapter, only two pages long, is brilliant, setting the scene, establishing intrigue and a sense of dread - what memories, however uncertain, will the narrator invoke?
The novel reaches its high-point in Chapter 2 as the narrator goes to break the news of her brother's death to her sainted mother, and this big, brawling Irish family's history begins to spill out and show its cracks. But from here, as Enright has her narrator imagining - in endless detail - the lives and thoughts of her grandparents' generation and the hazy memories from her own childhood, in order to bring sense to her own situation now, the book begins to suffer seriously from being over-written and a complete loss of narrative momentum. At only 250 pages, the book feels twice as long, and comes across as a good short-story that's been stretched un-naturally to fit a novel's form.Read more ›
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