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The Star Of The Sea Paperback – 24 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd (24 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0436210134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0436210136
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,151,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tragedy is a word too often used. Nevertheless, in Star of the Sea Joseph O'Connor manages to achieve a real sense of the tragic, as personal dramas of the most distressing kind play themselves out against the background of the Irish potato famine and the almost equal nightmare of the mass emigration that it caused. As passengers die of starvation and disease in steerage, a drama of adultery, inadvertent incest and inherited disease plays itself out in first class. O'Connor raises, and does not attempt definitively to answer, real questions about responsibility and choice.

Bankrupt aristocrat Meredith is emigrating, pursued by the hatred of his tenants and the memory of his mad-hero father. His children's nurse, Mary, has memories of lost love to torment her, as well as of the husband and child who died of hunger. And the ballad singer Mulvey has both his monstrous past and the certain promise that he will be tortured to death by the Liable Men should he not kill Meredith. This is a kaleidoscopic novel, whose events are seen in many idioms, from many points of view--it is a rich novel that knows that there are limits to the sense that can be made of history. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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‘This is a tremendous book; affecting, intelligent, ironic, humane and utterly convincing. It is also extremely funny.’ -- Spectator

‘great eye for the absurd in common things, great ear for the comic in ordinary speech. His writing is terrific.’ -- Praise for Inishowen: Roddy Doyle

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