Destinations Paperback – 3 Jul 2006
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'An eventful, compelling and ultimately satisfying journey' (Irish Independent)
The train is ready to depart, and all on board have a tale to tell in this engaging story of lives intertwined on a Dublin train, from the author of TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE and A MOTHER'S SECRET. 'An eventful, compelling and ultimately satisfying journey' Irish IndependentSee all Product description
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This collection of 19 individual stories, a few entwined, reveal the inside track on the lives of the ordinary commuters. It also uncovers the hidden links that lie beneath the surface of anonymous city lives. It includes two eavesdropping passengers who learn more than they bargained for; an office-party fling that has unforeseen consequences; a suburban housewife who is forced to face her estranged mother and her thorny past; an office worker who finds her commute to work livened up by the daily sightings of a handsome stranger; as well as a hot date with the office stud that gets off to a disastrous start… is there light at the end of the tunnel?
As one of Ireland’s best-loved storytellers, the author explains that “In my imagination there are so many different tales to tell – and I wanted to be the person who brought those fictional stories to life”. And she has. These simple stories, some heart warming, others sad, will capture you in its train of thought and go the distance.
This book is destined to be a light and joyful read, not just for those familiar with the trappings of inner-city transport, so don’t delay. Dart out and grab a copy.
As a commuter, this book filled a pleasant gap in my journey to work. Reading about the different women and their lives with the backdrop of Dublin's Dart system was entertaining.
Sheila O'Flanagan has written 19 tales in this book and without spoiling any surprises there are two stories where the characters overlap. Some stories are funny such as 'A Good Sense of Humour', other stories such as Phone a Friend' shows the connection women can have with each other, even when simply strangers on a train overhearing a conversation. 'Tomato Soup' was for this reviewer the most powerful story in the collection.
Don't let being a novel reader stop you from reading this collection. The stories are great and are ideal for dipping into if you travel to work each morning on public transport.
If you liked Maeve Binchy's short stories based on the London underground you will love this collection of stories.
Occasional and unfortunate use of cliche both in language and story meant I gave this 4 rather than 5 stars, but I would definitely recommend this - very readable. I hope Ms O'Flanagan will do more short stories soon - I'd certainly buy her next collection.
Each story catches the imagination and tells the tale in a simple yet effective manner. Look out for the connected stories. Different perspectives which change your opinion with the story which you are reading.
I don't believe in going into great detail about items I am reviewing it spoils it for you. I enjoyed this book and you might too.
If you want something to read but don't want to commit to a full novel then this book provides a number of enjoyable simple tales.
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