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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Bonus, 3 Sept. 2002
This review is from: Quentins (Hardcover)
I was sceptical about Maeve Binchy. I felt certain that her novels would be very slushy. I finally came to her via the television series "Echoes". To my surprise, my husband was watching it. When I attempted to pour scorn he pointed out that he spent a lot of his childhood holidays in Eire staying with an uncle. He knows far more about Ireland than I do, as I have only been there twice. Maeve Binchy knows whereof she writes. After watching that series I started reading the books. Maeve's characterisations are clever, acute and accurate - the only difference between her and other novelists is that she looks at the characters with a kinder, more tolerant eye. Even the most ridiculous people are dealt with in this way - there is a total absence of cruelty. I believed that "Scarlet Feather" was to be her last novel. I bought "Aches and Pains" and learned a great deal from it. Then, an e-mail came from Amazon about Quentins. I bought it and found that many old friends have been revisited and their lives are as absorbing as ever. I think that the author's great gift is that she imparts a sense of continuity -that these people's lives have gone on, that they have survived and made new lives. There is nothing soap-opera-ish about this, just a feeling of natural progression. There is also the feeling of wanting to give the sweet, likeable Ms Brady all the best advice about dealing with the caddish Richardson, all the while knowing that in her position one would have felt, and probably done, the same. Also, what a refreshing look at Ireland - now a more prosperous, interesting place. This, I am sure, is why I read Maeve Binchy - no heroes, no heroines, just people with all their good and bad points, just living their lives. Fascinating! I thoroughly recommend this unexpected addition to my collection.
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