The Truth About Love Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 7 hours and 12 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 12 Nov. 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030MK99W

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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very slow and difficult to get into. Not very upllifting. Unlike her other books which hsd a more poetic flow.
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Format: Hardcover
This is one of those novels to which the term "poetic" attaches itself. This is usually a bad thing and 'The Truth About Love' doesn't buck the trend. From an sinkingly opaque stream-of-consciousness prologue, as a dying boy is ferried into hospital, the narrative proceeds as a series of first-person narratives, none of which manages to be authentic or convincing. I've given it two stars because somewhere, buried beneath the wishful thinking, is a potentially interesting meditation upon the nature of love and memory. My problem is that the various narrators' concepts of "love" -- which Hart, as organiser of the farce, doesn't seem to question, unless I'm missing a trick -- are ethereal and idealised to the point of evaporation.

I also struggled with the concept of Irishness that seeps into every corner: characters seem to exist in a curiously un-Irish state of unsceptical, self-conscious national(ist) fervour. The dialogue clunks desperately and lurches into sudden fits of exposition where characters address the reader over the head of the interlocutor. It's curious (and symptomatic of the book's pretensions) that a reference to "The Late Show" -- which anyone who hadn't lived in Ireland would probably find more problematic than mention of Pearse and Collins -- goes unglossed.

There is a bibliography.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this book very dense and deep, and was gripped. The characters are alive with Irish passion, intelligence and wit; the history, suffering and redeption of a small country is written down within the history of one family and their community. I enjoyed it a lot and will hold it in my mind for some time.
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Format: Paperback
I have just finished reading this book - it will stay with me for quite a while yet. I had trouble getting into it and nearly gave up - the book starts out with an accident and the repercussions on a family and community of that accident. Without giving the plot away completely, I found quite a few scenes, especially involving the mother, breathtakingly brilliant. The indepth analysis ongoing throughout the book was mind blowing. It did seem to trail away towards the end and lost its energy, but I think it was an essential part of the telling of the story, to bring you back down slowly, having shown you deep inner recesses of the human soul/mind/entity. A beauty.
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Format: Hardcover
I was quite looking forward to reading this book "The Truth About Love", as I liked the "Irishness" of it but to be frank I found it a real struggle. I nearly gave up at least three times but I stuck with it because I quite liked the style of writing. But once I finished the book I wondered why I'd bothered. It never really gets anywhere, the story is told from several different perspectives but you never get to know any of the characters in depth. It simply skims over facts just so you get the bare minimum to keep the story rolling. I didn't hate this as I managed to finish it but I wouldn't recommend it and wouldn't really look for any other Josephine Hart books.
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