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Rightly considered one of the best books of the 20th century
on 20 October 2011
The Girl with Green Eyes speaks of the pain of a first love mis-placed, and the loneliness and excitement of two country girls living and surviving on their wits and their charms in Dublin. Caithleen is a bookish, introspective Catholic girl who falls for an older and married Protestant man, but reviews that suggest this is the crux of the story have missed the point. The real drama lies in Caithleen and Eugene's personalities, in her ingenuousness and fears which turns out to disappoint rather than charm him, and in his own violent cynicism and insensitivity. The agony of the book is waiting for Caithleen to see Eugene as the reader sees him, whilst at the same time wishing her the happiness she longs for with him. O'Brien keeps you guessing till the very last page and you will speed through every one. The most delightful book I have read in a long time.