The Heather Blazing Paperback – 6 May 2011
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'The novel is narrated dispassionately and with deceptive simplicity, moving between the public figure of the judge in his study and the terrible deaths of childhood... It is impossible to read Toibin without being moved, touched and finally changed' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book is set in three parts, each of which dips in and out of time. We are with Eamon as a child in the small Wexford seaside villages he forever regards as home. Coastal erosion changes them over time and provides, in itself, a metaphor of aging, both of the individual and the community. Eamon's schoolteacher father is a significant figure, both locally as a renowned teacher, and nationally as a result of what he accomplished in his youth in the furtherance of Irish independence and political development. Eamon's mother died when he was young, an act for which, perhaps, he could never forgive her.
We also see Eamon as an adolescent, hormones abuzz, becoming aware of adulthood, a physical, intellectual and, for him, a political transformation. But it is also a time when his father's illness complicates his life. Throughout, we are never sure whether Eamon's perception of such difficulty remains primarily selfish, driven by self-interest. If we are honest, none of us knows how that equation works out.
We are with Eamon when he meets Carmel, his future and only wife. They share a political commitment and a life together. And they have two children. Naimh becomes pregnant at a crucial time. Donal is successful in his own way, but perhaps inherited his father's distance in relationships.
And then there's another time and another Eamon, the professional, the legal Eamon. At first he practices law, but later, at a relatively early age, he accepts a politically-driven appointment to the judiciary.Read more ›
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On the last day of the legal term, High Court judge Eamon Redmond will deliver a judgement and then head off for the summer to Cush on the coast of County Wexford, where he has... Read morePublished 5 months ago by FictionFan
I enjoyed the book as with all Colm Tobin books. I am not sure I was left satisfied with the ending.Published 6 months ago by keenze
An Irish High Court judge, nearing retirement, routinely takes family holidays in his childhood home on the Wexford coast, south of Dublin, where the houses and farms slip... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bobbie
The metre of the narrative was mesmerising and it was sad to say goodbye.
However if you don't enjoy a slow pace or introspection this is not for you.
Such a lovely book , I shall keep and read again in the future which must be the best thing you can say about a book . Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mavee