Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan Paperback – 6 Apr 2017
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Reminiscent of Tea Obreht, Nicole Krauss and Maggie O'Farrell... Wonderful * Colum McCann * Graceful, confident, vivid... I loved this beautifully written novel * 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 * Belinda McKeon * Immensely readable and written with great flair * Irish Independent * Brimming with concepts and yarns * Irish Times * Rich in plot and full of characters that have been neglected by Irish literature * Guardian *
The Irish bestseller about putting down roots in unfamiliar soil; about falling in love; and about how tradition and tales are born, nurtured and handed from one generation to the next.See all Product description
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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.
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over time to an unrequited end. I enjoyed the journey. Carol