Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Tóibín, Colm “Brooklyn”

Tóibín, Colm "Brooklyn" - 2009

What a boring book, an Irish girl goes to Brooklyn in the 50s. Sounded promising but was just so superficial, unbelievable. I think the only reason I carried on was that I hoped there would be more, couldn't believe it would be so "cheap".

From the back cover: "Hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking, Colm Tóibín's sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.
Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America -- to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood 'just like Ireland' -- she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.
Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.
By far Tóibín's most instantly engaging and emotionally resonant novel,
Brooklyn will make readers fall in love with his gorgeous writing and spellbinding characters.
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