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Brooklyn: A Novel

4 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Colm Toibin

Amazon Best of the Month, May 2009: Committed to a quiet life in little Enniscorthy, Ireland, the industrious young Eilis Lacey reluctantly finds herself swept up in an unplanned adventure to America, engineered by the family priest and her glamorous, … see full wiki

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Author: Colm Toibin
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Scribner
4 reviews about Brooklyn: A Novel
review by . August 18, 2009
It's 1950 and there's no work for the likes of Eilis Lacey, a quiet, intelligent, working-class girl in small-town Enniscorthy, Ireland. Her father dead and her brothers having gone off to Liverpool for work, Eilis lives with her mother and her glamorous, self-assured older sister, Rose, who works as a secretary.    When Eilis completes her bookkeeping course and lands nothing better than one day a week at a local grocery run by a snooty spinster, Rose decides it's time her younger …
review by . August 08, 2009
OK, Man Booker award people, listen up! If this book doesn't win this year, you are dead to me, you hear?     Colm Toibin is a genius. This is a man who has, on various occasions brought me inside the heads of:     * a gay man in Ireland suffering from AIDS, and the women in his family ("The Blackwater Lightship")   * a compromised Argentine English teacher exploring his sexuality in the time of the fall of the military junta ("The Story of the night") …
review by . May 28, 2009
As the daughter of an Irish immigrant, I picked up this book hoping for another perspective on the immigrant experience, a hope that was more than met by this extraordinary novel. As Eilis' story unfolds, the reader is able to see her grow and change as she learns some of the lessons that Brooklyn has to teach. I was delighted that the borough itself was so obviously a character in the story, exerting its own personality and influence both on Eilis and on the reader.    I heard …
review by . April 03, 2009
Tolbin, Colm "Brooklyn: A Novel", Scribner, 2009.    Starting a New Life    Amos Lassen      Colm Tolbin has the unique ability to paint pictures with words and "Brooklyn" is a prime example of that. He writes with hauntingly beautiful language and he pulls you in with the first page. "Brooklyn" is the kind of book that grips the reader as it develops and stays with him after he closes the covers.   Ellis Lacey from …
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