5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good in places,
This review is from: True Believers (Paperback)
A collection of a dozen or so short stories, True Believers reads like a weather forecast for Ireland - "Good in places". The opening story "The Last of the Mohicans", which won O'Connor his first literary prize and ultimately launched him as a writer, is excellent. Perfectly-formed, well-balanced and beautifully written, in retrospect it may set a very high standard for the rest of the book.
"Mothers Are All the Same", "Volunteers" and the closing "Tru Believers" are also excellent, each exploring Irishness and personal relationships from new angles.
Some of the weaker stories appeared to me to be well-written, but perhaps meaningless, or less rewarding. "The Long Way Home", for example, is a story of a journey that is both physical and spiritual, but one that appears far less real and much less believable than the other journeys in the book - a loose theme of the book is a personal journey of discovery the lead character makes.
There are more reasons to pick up and read this book than there are to dismiss it. My 3 stars is a blend of the 4-5 stars I would give for the best stories, and the 1-2 stars that I feel some of the others deserve.