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A memorable novel
on 17 November 2013
I couldn't disagree with previous reviewer more. I really enjoyed this novel, so I just had to write a review which gives an alternative point of view.
When I read this I felt immediately immersed in the Donegal of 60 years ago. The book was written by an established Irish playwright and this shows in the poetic, yet realistic and at times very witty dialogue. For me they characters shone clearly and I certainly had no difficulty in following the story.
The story is told from the point of view of various characters, and gets off to an engaging start as you enter the mind of Euni: a bright, funny, independently minded young girl. The story concerns the impact on her community of an outsider arriving. There is an element of mystery as to what, in his earlier life, has bought Gianni, the Italian painter, to the town. As the novel progresses to disclosing this ,we learn much about the hidden issues amongst the townspeople and are drawn into the lives of the key characters, all of which are beautifully and entertainingly drawn.There were moments in the novel when I laughed out loud and there were moments of real tragedy.
I'd recommend this book if you already know Ireland - you will enjoy the familiar voices; but read it, even if Ireland is unfamiliar, and you want to read a memorable story, beautifully told in the voices of a community. I read this novel a few weeks ago and its story and characters have stayed with me since: in my experience the sign of good novel.