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Star of the Sea: Vintage 21 (Vintage 21st Anniv Editions) Paperback – 4 Aug 2011

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099563096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099563099
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,456,063 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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A page-turner of a masterpiece. Don't miss it" (Daily Mail)

"Stunningly accomplished" (Guardian)

"A triumph... A spectacular breakthrough... it raises the bar for contemporary Irish fiction" (Sunday Times)

"A terrific story... A stealthily gripping narrative" (Daily Telegraph)

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