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The Love Object: Selected Stories of Edna O'Brien [Kindle Edition]

Edna O'Brien
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Collected here together for the first time in one beauitful volume, are the stories of an expert practitioner of the shorter form. Spanning five decades of writing, The Love Object takes the most memorable and successful stories from collections like A Scandalous Woman and Saints and Sinners; stories that have bewitched generation after generation.

Referred to in the New York Review of Books by Harold Bloom as 'the short story master', Edna O'Brien's stories are a cumulative portrait of a nation, seen from within and without. Here you will find stories about families, feuds, love and land; enchantment, disenchantment, and throughout, the manifold bonds of love. Here are stories about the tension between country and city life, the instinct towards escape and nostaglia for home; and always the shimmering, potent prose.

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O'Brien anatomises with a forensic eye the yearning for love ...these stories [have] extraordinary power. (Matthew Dennison The Times)

Every one of the stories included is a shining example of a master at work. (Lucy Scholes Observer)

Edna O'Brien is one of those writers who are masters of the art of the short story as well as of the novel ... perfectly pitched passages, beautiful, layered with meaning and powerfully evocative, abound in these stories. O'Brien has the finely turned sensibility of the greatest artists - there is often a Mozartian flow to her work. Precisely the right words are shaped into perfect sentences and perfect narratives, which perform their magical alchemy in the reader's soul. There is something miraculous about it all ... As well as being an intensely enjoyable book, it is a very important publication in the history of Irish literature: the selected stories of one of the major writers of our era ... this is an outstanding collection. (Eilis Ni Dhuibhne Irish Times)

A stubbornly resilient and defiantly individual talent. (Joyce Carol Oates Times Literary Supplement)

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A stunning collection of short stories from Edna O'Brien, spanning five decades.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 736 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction; Signed ed edition (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,910 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Impressive Collection 21 Oct. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This collection of Edna O'Brien's short stories is aptly titled 'The Love Object', for love is an enduring theme for the author, a theme which is beautifully portrayed in many of these deftly-composed stories. The story from which the collection takes its name, tells us of the sad love affair between a well-known, older married man and a younger woman, but these tales reveal love in all its various forms: passionate love; first love; mother love; unrequited love; however love is not the only theme - loneliness and alienation also appear in this collection. In 'The Connor Girls' the narrator of the story, due to her new husband's unfriendliness, misses the longed-for opportunity of going to tea with the two Connor sisters. Immediately she defers to her husband, she realises that she is saying goodbye to her own world and those in it, and how by making such choices, she tells us, we gradually exile ourselves and become quite alone.

One of the most poignant stories is 'The Rug' where a thrifty, hardworking woman, who longs for a carpet instead of linoleum, is sent a luxurious black sheepskin rug from Dublin; she does not know who it is from, but believes someone has chosen it especially for her and she spends hours in happy contemplation of who has sent it. When she discovers the rug was delivered to her house by mistake, she weeps, not so much for the loss, but for her own foolishness in thinking that someone wanted to do her a kindness. She tries to cover her disappointment by undoing her apron strings and then retying them in a tighter knot, after all, life is life and we live and learn. In 'The Doll' we meet a very unpleasant teacher who harbours an intense dislike for one of her pupils, taking pleasure in making the little girl's life a misery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
These stories are typical O'Brien, concerned as they are with the interior lives of women.

This isn't a modern collection but though the settings may at times feel less than contemporary, the emotions are still acute and poignant.

Like her more famous Country Girls trilogy, these are set in a mix of Irish rural and urban settings and deal principally with moments where female characters confront the loneliness, disappointment or disillusion of their emotional lives. Not the most upbeat of reads, then, though there are moments of dark humour.

This is a quiet collection where the drama is restrained and muted - but the emotional impact can be quite devastating. If you haven't read O'Brien before, this is a fine introduction to her subtle, controlled and intricately-calibrated writing.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Love Object 9 Nov. 2013
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great read what would expect from such a great writer.She brought everything to life .You thought you were in some of the places in this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Love Object Eda O'Brien 31 Oct. 2013
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Immediately captures atmosphere and detail and one world. Great to read these fantastic snippets of life and love and people.
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