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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140249265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140249262
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 877,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A dazzling novel...written by a major novelist at the height of her considerable powers."-Globe and Mail"One of those novels that moves in and takes over your life....Enjoyable not only for its complexity and subtle characterization, but also for the sheer power of Urquhart's writing....Away is simply a great novel." -Books in Canada"Poignant, lilting and emotionally true....Urquhart [creates] her own spell with language that shimmers....." -Chicago Tribune"Urquhart writes with clear, sensuous poetry." -Times Literary Supplement (U.K.)

A dazzling novel written by a major novelist at the height of her considerable powers. Globe and Mail One of those novels that moves in and takes over your life. Enjoyable not only for its complexity and subtle characterization, but also for the sheer power of Urquhart's writing. Away is simply a great novel. Books in Canada Poignant, lilting and emotionally true. Urquhart [creates] her own spell with language that shimmers. . Chicago Tribune Urquhart writes with clear, sensuous poetry. Times Literary Supplement (U.K.)"

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CO-WINNER OF THE TRILLIUM AWARD (WITH MARGARET ATWOOD'S "THE ROBBER BRIDE")

From the author of THE STONE CARVERS

'An engaging and moving exploration of love: mother-love, romantic love, love of country ... AWAY is a melancholy Irish ballad sund on foreign soil, its words and music all the sweeter for being heard so far away from home'
"Washington Post Book World"

'A great romantic tale - rich in imagery and with language worthy of Emily Bronte and Thomas Hardy. Like these writers, Jane Urquhart is unafraid of words and spends them fearlessly ... beautiful and breathtaking'
Timothy Findley author of "Pilgrim"

'Urquhart writes with clear, sensuous poetry, locating her imagery in the watery Irish coastline and the wilderness forest of upper canada'
"TLS" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book was recommended to me by an English major. With the skepticism of a non English student, I read on and found myself engrossed in the books characters and story. The story involves the women of successive generations of a single family starting on the shores of Ireland and ending up in the ever-urbanizing world of just outside Toronto. The women of the family and their respective passions are explored in a greatly interesting manner. I fully recommend this text. It greatly surprised me...Thks eddy
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The troubles in Ireland have the roots in centuries of turmoil. The Irish spirituality is innate and as the author weaves a story Irish pain she shares the strength of the Irish. As a third generation Canadian of Irish descent, I needed to know about the Irish soul and why I am the way I am. A fictional account of historic truth.
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By A Customer on 10 Dec. 1996
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Extending backwards and forwards in time a hundred and forty years, Away, a novel by Canadian writer Jane Urquhart, begins with one of the female characters discovering the shoreline near her Irish home has been changed forever. Stones resembling new potatoes have replaced the sandy beach, a grim joke in this impoverished area. Then "thousands of cabbages nudged one another towards shore," followed by many silver teapots and barrels of whiskey, a semi-conscious young man the final offering. Thus begins this amazing tale, weaving together the lives of four generations of women, Ireland and and Canada, past and present, land and sea. Water becomes a character in itself, each of these women drawn to it like lemmings, lives unfolding near a stream that ebbs and flows with the seasons, a Great Lake, and the Atlantic Ocean. For readers who appreciate lyrical writing, a compelling story, and subtly evoked magic realism, this book is for you.
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By A Customer on 9 Jun. 1999
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Jane Uquhart's novel Away, is about Mary and Eileen, a mother, daughter duo who have their lives changed by romantic, yet tragic encounters, at different times. The novel begins in Ireland, where Mary is possessed by the spirit of a sailor who dies in her arms on Rathlin island. People of the island believed that Mary was possessed by a deamon lover, who took her away from herself, society and her family. After staring death in the face, from the potato famine, Mary and her realistic husband, Brian, migrated to Canada. Even though Mary had left her country, her deamon followed and took her away, forever, leaving behind her son Liam and her daughter, Eileen. After being told the story of her families abandonment by Exodus Crow and former landlord, Osbert, Eileen falls passionately in love with the fiery Irish patriot dancer, Aiden. Uquharts novel is full of the political and spiritual drama of Ireland, and the Irish people. Jane Uquhart is blessed with the ability to write with such magic and lyrical composition, that at times she make the interesting, even more interesting, and consequently the tedious even more tedious. Jane Uquhart's melodious language is both her greatest asset and worst liability.
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One of the loveliest contemporary novels I've ever read, full of mood and history and sensitivity. This author deserves far more attention than she has received; she can write circles around most of the authors out there, combining poetry, narrative, and a touch of magic. I am eagerly awaiting her next novel.
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