- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (7 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782398562
- ISBN-13: 978-1782398561
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan Hardcover – 7 Jul 2016
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Reminiscent of Téa Obreht, Nicole Krauss and Maggie O'Farrell, Gilligan captures the pulse of one of Ireland's untold stories, and asks us to consider the age-old dictum that the past is not dead, it is not even past. A wonderful new novel from a writer to look out for.--Colum McCann
The most famous literary Irishman of all time was a Jew, yet the stories of his community have been seldom told. Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan blooms in that silence, with grace, confidence and vividness. I loved this beautifully written and elegantly managed novel and was sorry when it ended.--Joseph O'Connor
A rich and layered story of the complications, the mistakes and the heartbreaks of which a human life is made... I haven't read anything like it, and I was delighted to meet with her characters: voices which are so real - sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating, sometimes devastated - and which linger in the little streets imagined by the novel long after the story has been told.--Belinda McKeon
About the Author
Ruth Gilligan is an Irish novelist and journalist. She has written three previous novels: Forget, which reached number one on the Irish Bestsellers' List when she was 19, making her the youngest person in Ireland ever to have done so, and Somewhere In Between and Can You See Me, both published while she was still at university. She writes and reviews for the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the TLS and the Guardian.
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Top Customer Reviews
I kept hoping for something to make me see why others found it to be a page-turner. I couldn't find it. This story of loss, unfulfilled love and the rest has been done much more enthrallingly by Toibin by others. Ruth Gilligan's stylish writing left me wanting more and I will probably visit some of her other books because of it. I hope they don't make me want to give up half way through as this one did. Sorry, I was so hoping to love it.
The second POV was my least fav, a boy in a mental institution, he has stopped talking and well, he just there.
The third POV was my favorite. Ashling loves her boyfriend but he wants to marry a Jewish girl, and she is wondering if she should convert.
But honestly, I wish the book had been longer, or one narrator could have been skipped so the other stories could have gotten more time. I wanted more flesh on the bones. I wanted to get to know them more. It made it confusing at time too when a new chapter started, but whose was it? Someone just started talking. It could have done with some header or something.
Why am I thinking of Joyce now...it was not like that, but they all did think a lot. We did not really see things around them. Things that were happening, it really was a character novel instead and we were in their heads.
Jewish lives in Ireland. Different generations and interwoven stories.
An early twentieth century Jewish immigration from Lithuania to Wales (mistaking Cork for New York); parents' move to Palestine as the Jewish state is about to be realised stranding their mute son (self-inflicted because of an assumed religious propriety in this action) within a convent; a modern day cross-cultural identity exploration between Ireland and North London.
The overlapping details tease cleverly in and out of the story's threads leaving a layered family history that intrigues. Fascinating historical perspectives on a community I have not previously seen as a fictional focal point.
Only downside for me was that sections felt far too overwritten...for me less would have been more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The different stories are weaved together in a very clever way and there are plenty of twists and turns until the very end. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great start in a new direction for Ms Gilligan. Engaging and lively voices for all three strands, with interesting takes on (literal and metaphorical) dislocation and the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan provides a unique and unexpected insight into a totally unfamiliar culture. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Congratulations to Ruth once again for producing her fourth novel. A little on the dark side, the story unfolds
over time to an unrequited end. I enjoyed the journey. Carol
What a great read! I've read all of Ruth's books and loved all of them. This one is so totally different from the others and I found myself not being able to put the book down. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had been recommended this by an Irish friend who said the author cleverly weaves the narratives of disparate characters, a style I much enjoy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by AW
What a great book - imaginative, thought provoking and compelling. This cleverly written book had me hooked from the start. Beautifully written - a must read for 2016.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased Nine Folds on the back of some positive reviews I had previously read, but for my fiancée to read on our holiday. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D R Farrant